You're Using Neural Networks Every Day Online—Here's How They Work

If you use Google’s new Photos app, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Skype’s new translation function, you’re using a form of AI on a daily basis. AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work. »7/13/15 2:03pm7/13/15 2:03pm

Artificial Neural Networks Can Day Dream–Here's What They See

When you look for shapes in the clouds, you’ll often find things you see every day: Dogs, people, cars. It turns out that artificial “brains” do the same thing. Google calls this phenomenon “Inceptionism,” and it’s a shocking look into how advanced artificial neural networks really are. »6/18/15 3:40pm6/18/15 3:40pm

Google's Immersive 360 Action Flick Is So Realistic It's Not Believable

Google released a new 360-degree immersive video on its Spotlight Stories app yesterday—the first featuring real human actors instead of animation. It’s an action-packed short directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin. I downloaded the 1GB 360 video and took it for a literal spin (I was sitting in a swivel… »5/28/15 11:24am5/28/15 11:24am

Google Attempts to Fight Patent Trolls with a Pretty Dubious Strategy

Google’s legal team has just announced that they’ll be buying as many patents as possible in order to “remove friction from the patent market” and defeat patent trolls, companies that buy patents just to sue people on bogus charges of infringement. But there’s a big problem with this strategy. »4/27/15 3:29pm4/27/15 3:29pm

Google X Labs is developing a pill that could one day detect cancer and heart disease.

Google X Labs is developing a pill that could one day detect cancer and heart disease. The pill would contain 2,000 nanoparticles coated with antibodies and molecules capable of detecting other molecules, and travel through the patient's bloodstream in search of malignant cells. The findings would be transmitted to a… »10/29/14 10:00pm10/29/14 10:00pm

Google Hiked Through Tanzania To Show You Where The Chimps Live

Earlier this month, we brought you panoramic views of the Liwa Desert near Abu Dhabi, thanks to a Google Street View camera mounted on the back of a camel. Today we're taking you deep into the forests of Tanzania, where Google has brought you images of Gombe National Park, home of Jane Goodall's chimpanzees. »10/27/14 5:37pm10/27/14 5:37pm