Spoofing Google Search Results
- TL;DR - By adding two parameters to any Google Search URL, you can replace search results with a Knowledge Graph card of your choice.
- As it turns out, you can add this parameter to any valid Google Search URL, and it will show you the Knowledge Graph card next to the search results of the search query.
- This can be done by adding the &kponly parameter to the URL: the Knowledge Graph card is no longer a side panel, but has moved to where you would normally see the search results.
- To prevent people from abusing Knowledge Graph, the disabling of the kponly parameter by Google would definitely help (when would you ever just want to see a card without further context?), although in my opinion removing the kgmid option altogether would be even better.
Google needed to build a graph serving system
- Word from Google has been limited to serving Knowledge Graph, but nothing has been said about the internal infrastructure which makes this happen.
- Google needed to build a graph serving system to serve not just the complex relationships in the Knowledge Graph data, but also all the OneBoxes which had access to structured data.
- Metaweb had built a high-quality knowledge graph using multiple techniques, including crawling and parsing Wikipedia, and using a Wikipedia-like crowd-sourced curation run via Freebase.
- Google built SSTable and then Bigtable, which could scale horizontally to hundreds or thousands of machines, working together to serve petabytes of data.
- The idea of a database serving an entire website running on a single server was alien to Google (myself included).
- The first piece of the puzzle was a search project which provided a way to understand which words belonged together with a high degree of accuracy.
BIG TECH IN HEALTHCARE: How Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are shaking up healthcare — and what it means for the future of the industry
- The potential for tech-led digital health initiatives to help healthcare providers and insurers deliver safer, more efficient, and cost-effective care is significant.
- For healthcare organizations of all types, the collection, analyses, and application of patient data can minimize avoidable service use, improve health outcomes, and promote patient independence, which can assuage swelling costs.
- For their part, the "Big Four" tech companies — Google-parent Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft — see an opportunity to tap into the lucrative health market.
- In The Big Tech in Healthcare Report, Business Insider Intelligence explores the key strengths and offerings the Big Four will bring to the healthcare industry, as well as their approaches into the market.
- The companies included in this report are: Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, FitBit, MyFitnessPal, Verily Life Sciences, Calico, DeepMind, Merck, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase, Retail Pharmaceuticals, PillPack, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, John Hancock.
Google to Spend $13B on US Data Center and Office Construction This Year
- Pichai said that 10,000 new construction jobs will be created in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia, and that when the new facilities open their doors "tens of thousands" of new employees will be added to Google's permanent payroll.
- The company will build new data centers in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, and Texas, while expanding existing locations in Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Ashburn, Virginia, as part of its major internet infrastructure expansion in 2019.
- At about the same time, the company announced that after getting Taiwan to amend a law standing in the way of its using renewable power, it was installing 40,000 solar panels to generate 10MW, making the island nation the site of its first renewable project in Asia.
Apple Acquires Voice-Tech Company Behind 'Hello Barbie'
- Apple is looking to make some noise in the rapidly growing voice-technology field.
- According to a report in Axios, the company has purchased PullString, a San Francisco startup whose technology has been incorporated into such devices as Google Home and Amazon’s Echo.
- The company changed its name to PullString in 2016, and began to expand into other areas of voice-driven applications, working with such clients as HBO, Amazon, and Activision.
- Amazon has reportedly sold more than 100 million devices powered by Alexa, its voice-activated program, including including Echo and Echo Dot. The company has been competing in the smart-device field with Google, whose Home devices have also increased in popularity.
- Though the company’s Siri application was an early example of how consumer products and voice-powered technology could successfully merge together, the company’s HomePod device, introduced last year, failed to break through with consumers.
Documents show how Google used shell companies to keep datacenter negotiations quiet
- Now, new documents obtained by the Washington Post show that Amazon’s not the only company that favors secrecy — Google has also used confidentiality agreements in its bid to secure land for datacenters, even going so far as to create shell companies for the purposes of negotiation.
- The report comes after Google announced this week that it planned to invest $13 billion in expanding and opening new datacenters and offices across the U.S. According to the Post, Google used shell companies in negotiations with at least five cities that it ended up building datacenters in.
- Other tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon, often require secrecy for at least some duration of the process when negotiating land deals for new space, including for datacenters.
- But what’s passed for common industry practices in the past may not continue to, especially as local groups have gotten more vocal about protesting tech company developments, like Amazon’s proposed campus in New York City.
'Google, this is bogus as hell' — one of the fathers of the internet blasts Google for how Chromecast behaves on his home network
- And it is how Google was using DNS in its Chromecast Ultra streaming device that ticked him off.
- DNS turns the words you type into your browser, like businessinsider.com, in the numerical internet address that computers use to find webpages, videos or whatnot and deliver them to your device.
- But when he went to set it up, he found it doing something no device in his network is allowed to do: It wouldn't use his own, private DNS server.
- He's also sure that Google has very deliberately hardwired its own DNS server into the Chromecast device, not allowing anyone to change that setting.
- If their internet-provider's DNS server was having issues and Chromecast didnt work, people would blame the device and go to Google's support people.
- Since Vixie is an internet genius, he's been able to trick Chromecast into thinking it's using Google's DNS service.
Google open-sources PlaNet, an AI agent that learns about the world from images
- Model-based reinforcement learning is a viable alternative — it has agents come up with a general model of their environment they can use to plan ahead.
- Toward that end, Google in collaboration with DeepMind today introduced the Deep Planning Network (PlaNet) agent, which learns a world model from image inputs and leverages it for planning.
- It’s able to solve a variety of image-based tasks with up to 5,000 percent the data efficiency, Google says, while maintaining competitiveness with advanced model-free agents.
- The source code is available on GitHub. As Danijar Hafner, a coauthor of the academic paper describing PlaNet’s architecture and a student researcher at Google AI, explains, PlaNet works by learning dynamics models given image inputs, and plans with those models to gather new experience.
Facebook, Google, CDC under pressure to stop anti-vax garbage from spreading
- With five measles outbreaks ongoing in the US, lawmakers are questioning both health officials and tech giants on their efforts to combat the noxious anti-vaccine misinformation fueling the spread of disease.
- Also Thursday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) sent letters to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
- Schiff referenced a recent Guardian article reporting that searches on both Facebook and YouTube easily led users to anti-vaccine garbage.
- He also expressed concern over a report that Facebook accepts payments for anti-vaccine ads.
- Schiff didn’t name the source of that report, but an article published Thursday by the Daily Beast noted that seven Facebook pages that post and promote anti-vaccine bunkum were targeting women over the age of 25.
- Facebook noted to Ars that users can always report objectionable groups, posts, or comments and that health-related information is eligible for fact-checking.
As GE and Amazon move on, Google expands presence in Boston and NYC
- NYC and Boston were handed huge setbacks this week when Amazon and GE decided to bail on their commitments to build headquarters in the respective cities on the same day.
- Just this week, as GE was making its announcement, Google was announcing a major expansion in Cambridge, the city across the river from Boston that is home to Harvard and MIT.
- It plans to grab 365,000 square feet of the new building when it’s completed, and as in NYC will be adding hundreds of new jobs to the 1500 already in place.
- As we learned this week, big company commitments can vanish just as quickly as they are announced, but for now at least, it appears that Google is serious about its commitment to New York and Boston and will be expanding office space and employment to the tune of thousands of jobs over the next decade.