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#4: Twenty Oars in the Water

May 19th, 2017 · 58 minutes

This week, Google held its annual developer conference. It brought a bunch of news about Assistant, Home and Photos, and plenty of AI! Meanwhile, the WannaCry attack exploits old software to bring PCs around the world to a grinding halt.

Guest Starring: Russell Ivanovic and Devindra Hardawar

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Links and Show Notes

Material Podcast - Relay FM

Russell's Google and Android podcast on Relay FM. This week's episode was all about Google I/O.


Devindra's podcast about movies and filmmaking.

500 million people using Google Photos, and three new ways to share - Google

Google's blog post on the upcoming Photos updates.

The big picture - The Verge

Google Photos just hit 500 million monthly users, and the company has lots of features coming this year to the service.

Google Lens offers a clear view of the company’s future - Engadget

Baked into Google Assistant, Lens uses computer vision and AI to make sense of your photos, videos and the real world. It's basically Google search for everything outside of screens.

Your Google Assistant is getting better across devices - Google

Google's blog post on updates coming to Assistant.

The machine is learning - The Verge

With Google Assistant, the company is slowly putting the blocks together for something big. This year, the iPhone becomes part of the story, too.

The 6 big updates coming to Google Home - The Verge

Google's Echo competitor is learning some new tricks, without expanding into new hardware form factors like the Amazon's product.

Google Home is getting proactive assistance and visual responses - Engadget

The smart speaker will soon be able to offer proactive notifications, including traffic alerts and calendar events.

Google’s second generation TPU chips takes machine learning processing to a new level - TechCrunch

Google is building custom chips to speed up machine learning.

Google’s AI Chief On Teaching Computers To Learn–And The Challenges Ahead - Fast Company

TensorFlow Lite, a new offshoot of Google’s open-source TensorFlow software for creating machine-learning applications, runs directly on Android devices.

Sorting 2 Tons of Lego, The software Side - Jacques Mattheij

TensorFlow-powered brick sorting.

Star Trek: Discovery - First Look Trailer - YouTube

Before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise there was Discovery. Now, one of the most iconic and influential global franchises returns to television with Star Trek: Discovery. The CBS All Access Original Series arrives this Fall.

Star Trek: Discovery | Official Site | Trailer and Cast Info -

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered.

Seth MacFarlane Is Headed to Space with 'The Orville' on Fox -

Think "Galaxy Quest" meets "Family Guy," and you're on the right track.

Android O Features and APIs - Android Developers

Android O introduces a variety of new features and capabilities for users and developers. This document highlights what's new for developers.

Android Go is streamlined for cheap phones

According to Google, "Android Go is designed with features relevant for people who have limited data connectivity and speak multiple languages."

WannaCry ransomware attack - Wikipedia

The WannaCry ransomware attack is a worldwide cyberattack targeting computers running Microsoft Windows by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in Bitcoin.

Hospitals Across England Infected With Ransomware, Leaving Patients Without Care - Gizmodo

England’s healthcare system fell victim to a massive cyberattack last week.

The WannaCry Ransomware 'Kill Switch' That Saved Untold PCs From Harm - WIRED

A malware analysis expert who calls himself MalwareTech rushed to examine the so-called WannaCry strain, he stumbled on a way to stop it from locking computers and slow its spread. All it took was ten bucks, and a little luck.

Microsoft patches Windows XP to fight attacks - Engadget

Support for the OS ended three years ago but yesterday's infection spurred the 'unusual' step.

Russell Ivanovic (@rustyshelf) - Twitter
Devindra Hardawar (@Devindra) - Twitter