A brighter Stages Google announced this year, the new gaming platform of the major search giant. Stages must change the way of gaming as we …
Cutting corners: When Google announced their cloud-streaming Stadia platform in March, they promised HDR 4K 60 fps gameplay powered by AMD …
Topping the tower: the Obstacle Tower Challenge AI Contest with Unity and Google CloudTopping the tower: the Obstacle Tower Challenge AI Contest with Unity and Google CloudTechnical Director
Unity launched the first iteration of the Obstacle Tower Challenge in February, and the reception from the AI research community has been very positive. The competition has received more than 2,000 entries from several hundred teams around the world, including both established research institutions and collegiate student teams. The top batch of competitors, the highest scoring 50 teams, will receive an award sponsored by Google Cloud and advance to the second round.
A little light reading: New and interesting stories from around GoogleA little light reading: New and interesting stories from around Google
There’s never a dull moment in the big world of Google, and we came across a few especially interesting stories in the past month for you tech lovers out there. Read on for the latest in new technology and new ideas.
Neural networks help create kiss detection technology
That’s right, “kiss detection” is an actual feature in the Pixel 3 Camera app in Photobooth mode, part of its improved selfie-taking capabilities. Photobooth mode is optimized for the front-facing camera, and developing this new detection mode required the use of two models: one for facial expressions and one to detect when people kiss. The team worked with photographers to identify key facial expressions that would trigger capture, then trained a neural network to classify those expressions. The new feature means the camera automatically takes a photo when the camera is steady and can tell that the subjects are kissing, resulting in better selfies.
There were lots of product announcements along with learning opportunities. Not surprisingly, our top stories from April were all from the big event. Read on to catch up!
Next ‘19 at a glance
Whether you attended Next ‘19 or not, you can catch up on all that happened from our list of all 122 announcements from the show. Read about the news in compute and infrastructure, as well as a ton of launches tied to identity and security on GCP. There are also new features to explore in data analytics and AI/ML, details on running Windows workloads on GCP and improvements in productivity and collaboration with G Suite. Finally, scroll down the list to learn how customers are using GCP. Our blog now even has its own dedicated Next section where you can find all the posts from the event.
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