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In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.

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Last week, we covered the story of Camping Alfaques, a Spanish vacation spot whose owner recently sued Google in a local court. His concern: top search results that feature grisly images (note: thumbnail versions of a few appear in a screenshot below) of dead bodies from an old tragedy. Such cases have so many implications for the future of search engines and the companies who depend on them that we spoke to the owner of Camping Alfaques to learn more about his situation. He told us what led him to sue Google, how much the case matters to him, and why he doesn't want anything "deleted" from the 'Net—just relocated.

Mario Gianni Masiá, now the owner of an oceanfront vacation spot called "Camping Alfaques" in southern Spain, was a child in 1978 when a tanker truck exploded into a fireball on the road just beyond the site. 23 tons of fuel ignited, immediately turning 200 campers to ash and badly burning several hundred more. Safely on the other side of the camp, Mario was unscathed.

Photographers descended, of course; pictures were snapped, graphic shots of bodies stacked like charcoal, carbonized arms rising from the earth. Newspapers covered the deaths. A movie was made. But 30 years is a long time, and while memories of the disaster never vanished, visitors to the campground didn't have the most shocking images shoved in their faces just for planning a trip.

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2011 Frontiers of Engineering: The Shape of Things to Come: Frontiers of Additive Manufacturing

National Academy of Engineering 2011 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium September 19-21, 2011 Google, Inc. Mountain View, California The Shape of Things to Come: Frontiers of Additive Manufacturing September 19, 2011 Presented by Dr. Hod Lipson. ABSTRACT: Google hosted 100 attendees of the 2011 Nat'l Academy of Engineering's US Frontiers of Engineering symposium (FOE) at our Mountain View office and Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto. The symposium is an annual three-day meeting that brings together 100 of the nation's outstanding young engineers (ages 30-45) from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. About the speaker: Dr. Hod Lipson is an Associate Professor of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University in New York.
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2011 Frontiers of Engineering: Advancing Natural Language Understanding

National Academy of Engineering 2011 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium September 19-21, 2011 Google, Inc. Mountain View, California Advancing Natural Language Understanding with Collaboratively Generated Content Presented by Dr. Evgeniy Gabrilovich. ABSTRACT Google hosted 100 attendees of the 2011 Nat'l Academy of Engineering's US Frontiers of Engineering symposium (FOE) at our Mountain View office and Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto. The symposium is an annual three-day meeting that brings together 100 of the nation's outstanding young engineers (ages 30-45) from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. About the speaker: Dr. Evgeniy Gabrilovich is a Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo! in California. In his talk Dr. Gabrilovich provides an overview of using collaboratively generated content for representing the semantics of natural language, and discusses new information retrieval algorithms enabled by this representation.
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2011 Frontiers of Engineering: Large Scale Visual Semantic Extraction

National Academy of Engineering 2011 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium September 19-21, 2011 Google, Inc. Mountain View, California Large Scale Visual Semantic Extraction Presented by Samy Bengio, Google Research ABSTRACT Google hosted 100 attendees of the 2011 Nat'l Academy of Engineering's US Frontiers of Engineering symposium (FOE) at our Mountain View office and Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto. The symposium is an annual three-day meeting that brings together 100 of the nation's outstanding young engineers (ages 30-45) from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. About the speaker: Dr. Samy Bengio is a Research Scientist of Machine Learning at Google, Inc. in California.
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Meaningful Play: Getting Gamification Right

Google Tech Talk January 24, 2011 Presented by Sebastian Deterding ABSTRACT Foursquare, GetGlue, Nike+, Badgeville: From reading news to fulfilling your hearts' desires, more and more "gameified" applications and "gamification" vendors doll out points and badges to users, promising anything from increased user engagement and retention to plain mind control. While some hold that adding such game elements to non-game applications opens a new decade of design, others criticize current implementations as shallow "pointsification" and overselling of a new digital snake oil. What lessons do games really offer for user experience design? Which criticisms are valid? And what can designers interested in "gameifying" an application do to steer clear of the worst pitfalls? In this talk, researcher and designer Sebastian Deterding provides an overview of the current gamification movement, its most troubling blind spots, the motivational powers of games, and how to design for a playful experience that is truly meaningful to its users. Sebastian Deterding - Sebastian Deterding is a user experience designer and game researcher at the University of Hamburg, Germany, where he currently pursues a PhD on the motivational psychology of gameified applications. He speaks and publishes internationally on gamification, social games, and the social contexts of video games at events such as the Gamification Summit, Gamescom, reboot, Playful, or DiGRA. His work has been covered by The Guardian, the <b>...</b>
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