Suhani Vora is a bioengineer, aspiring (and self-taught) machine learning expert, SNES Super Mario World ninja, and Google AI Resident. This means that she’s part of a 12-month research training program designed to jumpstart a career in machine learning. Residents, who are paired with Google AI mentors to work on research projects according to their interests, apply machine learning to their expertise in various backgrounds—from computer science to epidemiology.
I caught up with Suhani to hear more about her work as an AI Resident, her typical day, and how AI can help transform the field of genomics.
Suhani: During graduate school, I worked on engineering CRISPR/Cas9 systems, which enable a wide range of research on genomes. And though I was working with the most efficient tools available for genome editing, I knew we could make progress even faster.
One important factor was our limited ability to predict what novel biological designs would work. Each design cycle, we were only using very small amounts of previously collected data and relied on individual interpretation of that data to make design decisions in the lab.
By failing to incorporate more powerful computational methods to make use of big data and aid in the design process, it was affecting our ability to make progress quickly. Knowing that machine learning methods would greatly accelerate the speed of scientific discovery, I decided to work on finding ways to apply machine learning to my own field of genetic engineering.
I reached out to researchers in the field, asking how best to get started. A Googler I knew suggested I take the machine learning course by Andrew Ng on Coursera (could not recommend it more highly), so I did that. I’ve never had more fun learning! I had also started auditing an ML course at MIT, and reading papers on deep learning applications to problems in genomics. Ultimately, I took the plunge and and ended up joining the Residency program after finishing grad school.
I’m a cross-disciplinary deep learning researcher—I research, code, and experiment with deep learning models to explore their applicability to problems in genomics.
In the same way that we use machine learning models to predict the objects are present in an image (think: searching for your dogs in Google Photos), I research ways we can build neural networks to automatically predict the properties of a DNA sequence. This has all kinds of applications, like predicting whether a DNA mutation will cause cancer, or is benign.
On any given day, I’m writing code to process new genomics data, or creating a neural network in TensorFlow to model the data. Right now, a lot of my time is spent troubleshooting such models.
I also spend time chatting with fellow Residents, or a member of the TensorFlow team, to get their expertise on the experiments or code I’m writing. This could include a meeting with my two mentors, Mark DePristo and Quoc Le, top researchers in the field of machine learning who regularly provide invaluable guidance for developing the neural network models I’m interested in.
I like the freedom to pursue topics of our interest, combined with the strong support network we have to get things done. Google is a really positive work environment, and I feel set up to succeed. In a different environment I wouldn’t have the chance to work with a world-class researcher in computational genomics like Mark, AND Quoc, one of the world’s leading machine learning researchers, at time same time and place. It’s pretty mind-blowing.
We have such a wide array of backgrounds among our AI Residents! The only real common thread I see is a very strong desire to work on machine learning, or to apply machine learning to a particular problem of choice. I think having a strong background in linear algebra, statistics, computer science, and perhaps modeling makes things easier—but these skills are also now accessible to almost anyone with an interest, through MOOCs!
Ultimately, it really just depends how creative we are in figuring out what AI can do for us. Current deep learning methods have become state of the art for image recognition tasks, such as automatically detecting pets or scenes in images, and natural language processing, like translating from Chinese to English. I’m excited to see the next wave of applications in areas such as speech recognition, robotic handling, and medicine.
Interested in the AI Residency? Check out submission details and apply for the 2018 program on our Careers site.
Samsung today launched Samsung Newsroom South Africa, a go-to source of information for consumers and the media to keep in touch with the latest
Posted by Dave Smith,
Developer Advocate for IoT
Back in September, we worked
with Hackster.io to encourage the developer community to build smart
connected devices using Android Things and post their projects to the Developer Challenge for Android
Things. The goal was to showcase the combination of turnkey hardware and a
powerful SDK for building and maintaining devices at scale.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and submitted a project or
idea. We had over 1100 participants register for the contest, resulting in over
350 submissions. Out of that group, we’ve chosen three winners. Each winner will
receive support and tools from Dragon Innovation to develop their
concepts into commercial products. Join us in congratulating the following
Best Enterprise Project: Distributed
Air Quality Monitoring
Monitor air quality on a street-by-street level using Android Things, Google
Cloud IoT Core, and taxis!
This project showcases how Android Things makes it easy to build devices that
integrate with the various services provided by the Google Cloud Platform for
robust data collection and analysis. It’s a clever end-to-end solution that
shows understanding of both the problem domain as well as the technology.
Best Start Up Project: BrewCentral
Brewing amazing beer is a balance of art, science, and ritual. The
BrewCentral system makes it possible for anyone to do an all-grain brew!
BrewCentral pairs a real-time PID controller with the touch-enabled UI and
decision-making compute power of Android Things. The result is a system that
accurately controls the time, temperature, and flow rates necessary to achieve
repeatable results during a brew cycle. The planned enhancements for cloud-based
brewing recipes will make this a connected experience for the entire brewing
Best IoT Project: BrailleBox
– Braille News Reader
Maker: Joe Birch
BrailleBox is a small piece of hardware that empowers users who are
hard-of-sight to read the latest news articles in Braille.
This project is a great use case of using IoT to have a social impact. The
current proof of concept streams articles from a news feed to the Braille pad,
but this project has the potential to leverage machine learning on the device to
translate additional input from the physical world into a Braille result.
The community submitted some amazing projects for the contest, which made the
choice of picking only three winners extremely difficult. Here are a few of our
favorite projects that weren’t selected for a prize:
We encourage everyone to check out all the new projects in the Google
Hackster community, and submit your own as well! You can also join Google’s IoT Developers Community on Google+, a
great resource to get updates, ask questions, and discuss ideas. We look forward
to seeing what exciting projects you build!
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When this year’s Adobe Creative Residency kicked off in May, interaction designer and recent grad Natalie Lew was ready to get to work; she just needed to figure out what, exactly, she wanted to be working on.
Your smartphone or smartwatch can be your ticket to a more streamlined shopping experience. In this article, I’ll outline two popular mobile payment solutions: Apple Pay and Android Pay by Google.
Concert performances from the Berliner Philharmoniker are now available to more people than ever thanks to an updated version of the Digital Concert
With Ruth, our CFO, visiting the site of our new Tokyo office today.
In 2001, when Google was just three years old, we opened our first office outside the U.S. That office was right here in Tokyo. Before Chrome, Gmail and YouTube, there was Google Japan.
16 years later, Google has grown quite a bit—we now have offices in over 150 cities, spanning nearly 60 countries—and Google Japan has grown as well, to 1,300 Googlers strong.
Today, I’m excited to announce the next phase of our long term investment and presence in Japan: a new office in Shibuya, Tokyo, opening in 2019, that will allow us to double the size of our team here. We are also announcing an initiative, working with Minna No Code, to help bring computer science education to more than two million students across Japan.
Doubling our presence in Japan means growing our strong engineering teams here. When an earthquake hit Tohoku in 2011, members of these teams worked quickly to launch tools like Person Finder that we still use when disasters strike around the world. And they continue to work on and improve products like Search and Maps. It also means growing our teams who work every day to help Japanese companies grow. Their work, and the tools we provide, helped Japanese businesses increase their revenue by more than $6.7 billion in 2015 alone.
We are working on some exciting ideas around the design of the new office that will let us open our doors to the community, and will share more details as plans progress.
Finally, this is a sign of our commitment to long-term investment in Japan. It’s about creating the future with Japan’s innovators of today and those from the next generation. That’s why, through Google.org, we are partnering with Minna No Code to train thousands of teachers in computer science who will go on to teach more than two million Japanese students. This initiative is in line with Japan’s plans to ensure that all Japanese students receive a computer science education by 2020.
We can’t wait to start the next phase of our journey in Japan and to see the future that we can create together.
By Chris Hatfield, Product Manager, Video Creators around the world are sharing their videos on Facebook to build a community around their passion — whether their passion is comedy sketches, their favorite recipes, or even knitting sweaters. On Facebook, creators can connect with more than two billion potential fans and collaborators, get to know their […]
In the next few weeks, you’ll probably be spending lots of time online buying gifts for your friends, family and “extended family” (your dog, duh). And as always, you want to do so securely. Picking the perfect present is hard enough; you shouldn’t have to worry about staying safe while you’re shopping.
Security has always been a top priority for Chrome, and this year we made a bunch of improvements to help keep your information even safer, and encourage sites across the web to become more secure as well. We’re giving you a rundown of those upgrades today, so that you can concentrate on buying the warmest new slippers for your dad or the perfect new holiday sweater for your dog in the next few weeks.
For years, Google Safe Browsing has scanned the web looking for potential dangers—like sites with malware or phishing schemes that try to steal your personal information—and warned users to steer clear. This year, we announced that Safe Browsing protects more than 3 billion devices, and in Chrome specifically, shows 260 million warnings before users can visit dangerous sites every month.
We’re constantly working to improve Safe Browsing and we made really encouraging progress this year, particularly with mobile devices. Safe Browsing powers the warnings we now show in Gmail’s Android and iOS mobile apps after a user clicks a link to a phishing site. We brought Safe Browsing to Android WebView (which Android apps sometimes use to open web content) in Android Oreo, so even web browsing inside other apps is safer. We also brought the new mobile-optimized Safe Browsing protocol to Chrome, which cuts 80 percent of the data used by Safe Browsing and helps Chrome stay lean.
In case you do download a nastygram, this year we’ve also redesigned and upgraded the Chrome Cleanup Tool with technology from IT company ESET. Chrome will alert you if we detect unwanted software, to remove the software and get you back in good hands.
Our security work helps protect Chrome users, but we’ve also pursued projects to help secure the web as a whole. Last year, we announced that we would mark sites that are not encrypted (i.e., served over HTTP) as “not secure” in Chrome. Since then, we’ve seen a marked increase in HTTPS usage on the web, especially with some of the web’s top sites:
If you’re researching gifts at a coffee shop or airport, you might be connecting to unfamiliar Wi-Fi which could be risky if the sites you’re visiting are not using the secure HTTPS protocol. With HTTPS, you can rest assured that the person sitting next to you can’t see or meddle with everything you’re doing on the Wi-Fi network. HTTPS ensures your connection is encrypted and your data is safe from eavesdroppers regardless of which Wi-Fi network you’re on.
Chrome has never relied on just one protection to secure your data. We use a layered approach with many different safeguards, including a sandbox—a feature that isolates different tabs in your browser so that if there’s a problem with one, it won’t affect the others. In the past year, we’ve added an additional sandbox layer to Chrome on Android and improved Chrome’s sandboxing on Windows and Android WebView.
So, if you’ve entered your credit card to purchase doggy nail polish in one Chrome tab, and you’ve inadvertently loaded a misbehaving or malicious site in another tab the sandbox will isolate that bad tab, and your credit card details will be protected.
It should always be easy to know if you might be in danger online, and what you can do to get back to safety. Chrome communicates these risks in a variety of different ways, from a green lock for a secure HTTPS connection, to a red triangle warning if an attacker might be trying to steal your information.
By applying insights from new research that we published this year, we were able to improve or remove 25 percent of all HTTPS warnings Chrome users see. These improvements mean fewer false alarms, so you see warnings only when you really need them.
Unfortunately, our research didn’t help users avoid dog-grooming dangers. This is a very challenging problem that requires further analysis.
Security has been a core pillar of Chrome since the very beginning. We’re always tracking our own progress, but outside perspectives are a key component of strong protections too.
The security research community has been key to strengthening Chrome security. We are extremely appreciative of their work—their reports help keep our users safer. We’ve given $4.2 million to researchers through our Vulnerability Reward Program since it launched in 2010.
Of course, we’re also happy when aren’t able to find security issues. At Pwn2Own 2017, an industry event where security professionals come together to hack browsers, Chrome remained standing while other browsers were successfully exploited.
Zooming out, we worked with two top-tier security firms to independently assess Chrome’s overall security across the range of areas that are important to keep users safe. Their whitepapers found, for example, that Chrome warns users about more phishing than other major browsers, Chrome patches security vulnerabilities faster than other major browsers, and “security restrictions are best enforced in Google Chrome.” We won’t rest on these laurels, and we will never stop improving Chrome’s security protections.
So, whether you’re shopping for a new computer, concert tickets, or some perfume for your pooch, rest assured: Chrome will secure your data with the best protections on the planet.
Posted by Wojtek Kalicinski, Android Developer Advocate, Akshay Kannan,
Product Manager for Android Authentication, and Felipe Leme, Software Engineer on Android Frameworks
Starting in Oreo, Autofill makes it easy for users to provide credit cards,
logins, addresses, and other information to apps. Forms in your apps can now be
filled automatically, and your users no longer have to remember complicated
passwords or type the same bits of information more than once.
Users can choose from multiple Autofill services (similar to keyboards today).
By default, we include Autofill with Google, but users can also select any third
party Autofill app of their choice. Users can manage this from
Today, Autofill with Google supports filing credit cards, addresses, logins,
names, and phone numbers. When logging in or creating an account for the first
time, Autofill also allows users to save the new credentials to their account.
If you use WebViews in your app, which many apps do for logins and other
screens, your users can now also benefit from Autofill support, as long as they
have Chrome 61 or later installed.
The Autofill API is open for any developer to implement a service. We are actively
working with 1Password,
to help them with their implementations and will be working with other password managers shortly.
We are also creating a new curated collection on the Play Store, which the “Add service” button in Settings will link to. If you
are a password manager developer and would like us to review your app, please get
As an app developer, there are a few simple things you can do to take advantage
of this new functionality and make sure that it works in your apps:
In many cases, Autofill may work in your app without any effort. But to ensure
consistent behavior, we recommend providing explicit hints to tell the framework
about the contents of your field. You can do this using either the android:autofillHints
attribute or the setAutofillHints()
Similarly, with WebViews in your apps, you can use HTML Autocomplete
Attributes to provide hints about fields. Autofill will work in WebViews as
long as you have Chrome 61 or later installed on your device. Even if your app
is using custom views, you can also define
the metadata that allows autofill to work.
For views where Autofill does not make sense, such as a Captcha or a message
compose box, you can explicitly mark the view as IMPORTANT_FOR_AUTOFILL_NO
in the root of a view hierarchy). Use this field responsibly, and remember that
users can always bypass this by long pressing an EditText and selecting
“Autofill” in the overflow menu.
Autofill with Google can seamlessly share logins across websites and mobile apps
‒ passwords saved through Chrome can also be provided to native apps. But in
order for this to work, as an app developer, you must explicitly declare the
association between your website with your mobile app. This involves 2 steps:
If you’ve used technologies like App Links or Google Smart Lock before, you
might have heard about the Digital Asset Links (DAL) file. It’s a JSON file
placed under a well known location in your website that lets you make public,
verifiable statements about other apps or websites.
You should follow the Smart
Lock for Passwords guide for information about how to create and host the
DAL file correctly on your server. Even though Smart Lock is a more advanced way
of signing users into your app, our Autofill service uses the same
infrastructure to verify app-website associations. What’s more, because DAL
files are public, third-party Autofill service developers can also use the
association information to secure their implementations.
Once again, follow the Smart
Lock for Passwords guide to do this, under “Declare the association in the
You’ll need to update your app’s manifest file with an asset_statements
resource, which links to the URL where your assetlinks.json file is hosted. Once
that’s done, you’ll need to submit your updated app to the Play Store, and fill
out the Affiliation
Submission Form for the association to go live.
When using Android Studio 3.0, the App Links Assistant can generate all of this
for you. When you open the DAL generator tool (Tools -> App Links Assistant ->
Open Digital Asset Links File Generator), simply make sure you enable the new
checkbox labeled “Support sharing credentials between the app and website”.
Then, click on “Generate Digital Asset Links file”, and copy the preview content
to the DAL file hosted on your server and in your app. Please remember to verify
that the selected domain names and certificates are correct.
It’s still very early days for Autofill in Android. We are continuing to make
some major investments going forward to improve the experience, whether you use
Autofill with Google or a third party password manager.
Some of our key areas of investment include:
If you encounter any issues or have any suggestions for how we can make this
better for you, please send
Four sites with four separate networks. No VPN capabilities, no streamlined network management, and no IT budget. Limited wireless access, inhibiting student learning and staff collaboration. Only a five person IT team. Starting to sound like a nightmare? This was the reality for Ascend Public Charter Schools, located in Brooklyn. Emeka Ibekweh, Managing Director of […]
“Austin City Limits” needs little introduction. It’s the longest-running television music program in history, it’s helped launch the careers of iconic musicians like Willie Nelson (featured in the very first episode back in 1974), and it’s even enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But, for all its history, the closest you can get is either in the crowd, or in front of your TV screen. We wanted to go further, and pay tribute to this legendary show’s 43rd season and its impact on pop culture. So we’re releasing a new virtual reality video series called “Austin City Limits: Backstage” in partnership with SubVRsive Media.
“ACL Backstage” lets you explore the untold stories of the crew, the city, the fans and, of course, the musicians who make Austin City Limits possible—all in virtual reality. Venture backstage at Austin’s legendary Moody Theater to hear stories from some of your favorite artists. Then, watch and listen up close as they take the stage and play their hits under the bright lights. After that, you can take a whirlwind tour through the city’s thriving local music scene, where you’ll hear up-and-coming stars who might make it big one day.
ACL Backstage will have 10 episodes, each featuring a different artist or group.The first three are available now, with more coming soon:
“Ed Sheeran” This is Ed Sheeran’s second ACL Live performance, and since he last took the stage in 2014, his career has skyrocketed. Now, with multiple Grammy wins and three platinum records under his belt, he reflects on his rise to the top of the charts. His passion for the music and his fans shine through in this episode.
“Zac Brown Band” Three-time Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band make a stop on their 2017 Welcome Home Tour to grace the ACL stage for the very first time. Sit backstage with the band as they chat about ACL’s rich history, and join them onstage for their lively show.
“Unsung Heroes” Hear ACL stories directly from crew members, many of whom have been working the show for decades. They explain the ethos of Austin City Limits and why it remains so popular among musicians.
Use your Cardboard or Google Daydream View to check out all the videos on the ACL YouTube Channel. Kick back, hang with your favorite artists, and rock out.