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Google launches first gigabit wireless home internet service

We've all heard of Google Fiber, the supposed pinnacle of internet service providers. The platform is slowly rolling out across the country, but …

Working with Complex Data Formats with Structured Streaming in Apache Spark 2.1

In part 1 of this series on Structured Streaming blog posts, we demonstrated how easy it is to write an end-to-end streaming ETL pipeline using …

Databases

Reinforcement Learning

Inside a simple computer simulation, a group of self-driving cars are performing a crazy-looking maneuver on a four-lane virtual highway. Half are …

Artificial Intelligence

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Functional Programming (Composing Software)

Note: This is part 1 of the “Composing Software” series on learning functional programming and compositional software techniques in JavaScript ES6+ …

Fully Charged: BMW i3 33kWh & the car maker’s dilemma

In the last 3 months I’ve driven 2 electric cars originally launched a few years back, both with the bizarrely standard ‘almost 100 miles (160 km) range.’<p>Now both cars have been re-launched with higher density battery packs that are the same physical size. These improvements bump up the range …

Electric Vehicles

Alphabet Uses AI To Help 'Loon' Float

Thanks to better AI technology, Alphabet won’t need as many balloons to get its Loon project off the ground, Recode reports. “Loon, the balloon …

Advertising Industry

Database Challenges and Innovations. Interview with Jim Starkey

<b>“Isn’t it ironic that in 2016 a non-skilled user can find a web page from Google’s untold petabytes of data in millisecond time, but a highly trained</b> …

Databases

Terahertz wireless could make spaceborne satellite links as fast as fiber-optic links

Hiroshima, Japan--Hiroshima University, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, and Panasonic Corporation announced the …

Apache Hadoop Data Warehouse Architecture for Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) Optimization

The Enterprise Data Warehouse has become a standard component of the corporate data architectures. However, the complexity and volume of data has …

Technology - Bloomberg

by Josh Wingrove, Doug Alexander and Kristine Owram Apr 24, 2018 10:42 AM EDT<p>by Jack Sidders and Ellen Huet Apr 24, 2018 4:17 PM EDT<p>by Ian King Apr …

Technology

Four seasons in one post

Thursday, February 2, 2017<p><i>By Reto Meier, Google Developer Advocate</i><p>With over 150GB of New York City public data, parsing it all for patterns and …

Inside Libratus, the Poker AI That Out-Bluffed the Best Humans

For almost three weeks, Dong Kim sat at a casino in Pittsburgh and played poker against a machine. But Kim wasn't just any poker player. This wasn't …

Introduction to Apache Spark with Examples and Use Cases

I first heard of Spark in late 2013 when I became interested in Scala, the language in which Spark is written. Some time later, I did a fun data …

A massive AI partnership is tapping civil rights and economic experts to keep AI safe

When the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society was announced in September, it was with the stated goal of educating the public on artificial intelligence, studying AI’s potential impact on the world, and establishing industry best practices. Now, how those goals will …

Artificial Intelligence

Nutrition

Nutrition is one of the three legs upon which any successful livestock breeding is based (the other two being genetics and animal health).<p>We need to …

Scala: A Hybrid Language for Big Data

Scala is a highly scalable general purpose programming language that combines aspects of both object-oriented and functional programming. It’s become …

Modern garbage collection

Go is building a garbage collector (GC) <b>not only for 2015 but for 2025 and beyond</b> … <b>Go 1.5’s GC ushers in a future where stop-the-world pauses are no</b> …

Computer Science

Zambian goat farmers see surge in demand

Goat farming in Zambia is set to grow in importance with huge demand from Saudi Arabia, which has said it now wants to import one million Zambian goats a year.<p>But at the moment Zambia only has about four million goats - and that's not enough to meet the new demand. All of this is good news for …

Saudi Arabia

Fitbit for cows: Yay or hay?

While some cows spend their long, hard days grazing or producing milk, longhorn cattle from Silverado Ranch in Monument just won’t get off …

Farming

Google quietly shut its internet drone project last year

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has shut down the firm's project to create solar-powered drones that could provide internet connections to …

Drones

Google's research sibling X shuts down drones project

Project to build solar-powered drone to provide internet access in remote areas closed in favour of competing high-altitude balloon scheme<p>Google owner Alphabet’s subsidiary research company, X, has shut down its project aimed at building a solar-powered drone intended to bring internet access to …

Drones

Alphabet cuts former Titan drone program from X division, employees dispersing to other units

In 2014, Google bought Titan Aerospace, maker of high altitude, solar-powered drone aircraft. At the time Google noted, “It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and …

Alphabet Said in Talks to Sell Skybox Satellite Business

Alphabet Inc. is in talks to sell the Skybox Imaging satellite business it acquired for $500 million less than three years ago, another sign the …

Imaging

Samsung EV battery offers 500km range with 20 minutes of charge

By the time 2021 rolls around, a number of major car makers will have a varied selection of electric cars available. Developments in battery technology will dictate the range and features that these cars can offer, but Samsung wants to give consumers a brief insight into what will be available at …

Alphabet’s Waymo Cuts Cost of Key Self-Driving Sensor by 90%

Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, has slashed the cost of a key technology required to bring self-driving cars to the masses and rolled …

Driverless Cars

Baidu’s AI robot upstaged by Google’s AlphaGo in show down against humans

Baidu’s Deep Learning Lab, which is leading the artificial intelligence programme at China’s dominant internet search engine, was upstaged by Google …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's self-driving cars have driven over 2 million miles — but they still need work in one key area

Google has been developing its cars since 2009 and one of its favorite stats to share about the project is that its self-driving cars have driven over 2 million miles. Google, which spun out its self-driving car unit into an independent company called Waymo last week, wrote on the Waymo website …

Autonomous Cars

Google shows off its sleeker self-driving Chrysler minivans

Waymo, Google's new autonomous vehicle division, has finally unveiled its latest model: a heavily modified Chrysler Pacifica. The hybrid minivan, which can go 30 miles in pure electric mode, was glimpsed earlier in spy photos at a Google facility. It's now fixed up with the custom computer, sensors …