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TED talks on Google Video

Google is making available video from the TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) conferences. Among videos available are talks from former Vice President Al Gore, NYTimes Writer, David Pogue, and leadership trainer and motivational speaker, Tony Robbins. Some of the talks are funny, some thought provoking, and some just plain interesting. Check it out.

Official Google Blog: TED talks on Google Video

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design. For more than 15 years TED has produced a conference notable for its eclectic and stimulating mix of thinkers, leaders and doer from many fields. Traditionally, about 1,000 TEDsters gather each February at an exclusive invitation-only program in Monterey, California. Until recently, most of us could only read about TED or these talks — but now talks are available online via Google Video, as well as at the TED site.

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Beam up to Vegas, Scotty!

Tom Galloway at Google talks about Star Trek’s influence on modern technology and heavy influence on us geeks. Google is hosting a booth at the 5th annual Official Star Trek Convention (celebrating 40 years of Star Trek). They’ll be recruiting cadets for “Google Academy” as well as showing off some of their Star Trek inspired technologies.
Official Google Blog: Stardate 0817.06

Stardate 0817.06 8/17/2006 09:06:00 AM Posted by Tom Galloway, Technical Writer StarbaseGo 24 Commander’s personal log.I find myself looking forward to my upcoming trip to Earth specifically Las Vegas…

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Riya Vs. Google (Neven Vision)

I haven’t been following Riya lately but it is sure going to have it’s hands full with Google’s acquisition of Neven Vision. From Neven Vision’s website, “Neven Vision is primarily focused on the subset of computer vision known as visual sensing, which is the automated extraction of information about objects or scenes in one or more images.”

Neven Vision has biometric and consumer related products and quite a few patents. They have technology which opens up opportunities in mobile marketing and commerce, personal security, and biometric identity verification. It will be very interesting to see what Google does with this technology beyong integrating it into Picasa. It will be even more interesting to see how Riya evolves and finds a niche that will allow them to coexist and compete with Google in the visual sensing space.

Below is an excerpt from the Google Blog.

Official Google Blog: A better way to organize photos?

Neven Vision comes to Google with deep technology and expertise around automatically extracting information from a photo. It could be as simple as detecting whether or not a photo. It could be as simple as detecting whether or not a photo contains a person, or, one day, as complex as recognizing people, places, and objects.

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Google International Code Jam Coming to NYC

Google has announced that they will be holding their prestigious International Code Jam in New York City. The 100 best programmers will be flown from around the world to the Big Apple, all expenses paid, to compete for the $10,000 first place prize. Read more on Official Google Blog: Code your way to Gotham and if you’re upto the task, register here.

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Google Ice Cream?

Google branded ice cream is available only to Google employees at the Mountainview, Ca campus. I hope it’s a great way to boost morale during the heat wave and the sugar’s gotta help productivity at least a bit. We all scream for (Google) ice cream! Official Google Blog: I scream for (Google) ice cream

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