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Carnegie Mellon to form "living lab" of internet of things through Google initiative

When Google proposed its Open Web of Things initiative last December, it was seeking to increase interoperability, security, and an elegant user interface in the global movement towards connected smart devices. The company has awarded half a million dollars towards Carnegie Mellon University to develop its campus and eventually Pittsburg, PA into a "living lab" of cheap and ubiquitous sensors, integrated apps, and user-developed tools to work towards Google's vision of an integrated machine future.

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— Good Thinking

Google's neural networks create bizarre "Inceptionism" art

Having taken on everyone from chess grandmasters to chefs, computers are further exploring their artistic side with computer scientists demonstrating how artificial neural networks can create works of art reminiscent of William Blake on opium. The surreal images produced by a technique called "Inceptionism" are part of a process to better understand how such networks operate and how to improve them.

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— Good Thinking

How the new Google Trends and News Lab could accelerate the 24-hour news cycle

Gizmag has been writing news for the web for over a decade now, and during that time, Google has continued to influence what we write and read about on the web. This week Google launched a new portal designed for journalists called Google News Lab, officially acknowledging what's been known for years now and formalizing the relationship between the company and journalism in a new way.

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Location aware search quietly added to Google Now

Google Now users in the US and some other locales can now ask the search app about a place they're near without mentioning it by name. For example, you might be standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and simply ask "How tall is this?" and Google Now will be able to discern what you're asking about based on your mobile device's location data.

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— Digital Cameras

iris360 wants to put you on Google Street View

An increasing number of businesses are promoting themselves through Google Street View, allowing potential customers to virtually look around inside their shops. Getting the 360-degree photos of that business can be a tricky and complex process, however. That's why NCTech is launching the iris360 Immersive Reality Imaging System, which is designed to let novices get their own photos and upload them to Google Street View.

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