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Tic-Tac-Toe the Hard Way is a podcast about the human decisions in building a machine learning system

From Google’s People + AI Research team, David Weinberger and Yannick Assogba build a machine learning system that plays Tic-Tac-Toe. They discuss the choices, not just the technical ones, along the way in the ten-part podcast series: A writer and a software engineer engage in an extended conversation as they take a hands-on approach to exploring how machine learning systems get made and the human choices that shape them. Along...

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This Age is the New Age

30 is the new 20. Wait. 40 is the new 20. No, scratch that. 50 is the new 20. Or is 50 the new 30? Here’s what the Google says, so you know it must be true. Tags: age, Google, search

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Search trends during the pandemic

As you would imagine, what we search for online shifted over the past few months. The unknowns push information gathering. Schema Design, in collaboration with the Google News Initiative and Axios, broke down the main changes in search since January. Using a beeswarm chart, each circle represents a query and the size of a circle represents the rank in a query. I really wanted to mouse over the circles to...

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Change in Google searches since the virus

The coronavirus changed what information we search for. Has anyone been more interested in making masks or hand sanitizer in the history of the world? For The Washington Post, Alyssa Fowers compares search rankings for how, where, what, and how the week of April 5 to 11, for 2019 against 2020. Tags: Alyssa Fowers, coronavirus, Google, search, Washington Post

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Change in foot traffic in outbreak cities

From The Economist, this chart shows the (mostly) decrease in foot traffic in major cities with coronavirus outbreaks. It’s based on data scraped from that section in Google Maps that shows how busy a location is, which I’m kind of surprised the Google limits allowed for. See James Fransham’s thread for more details on their process. Tags: coronavirus, Economist, Google, traffic

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Google Dataset Search moves out of beta

Over a year ago, Google released Dataset Search in public beta. The goal was to index datasets across the internets to make them easier to find. It came out of beta: Based on what we’ve learned from the early adopters of Dataset Search, we’ve added new features. You can now filter the results based on the types of dataset that you want (e.g., tables, images, text), or whether the dataset...

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Fashion runway color palette

From Google Arts & Culture: We came together with The Business of Fashion to view their collection of 140,000 photos of runway looks from almost 4,000 fashion shows around the world. If you could attend one fashion show per day, it would take you more than 10 years to see them all. This experiment makes this library easy and fun to explore in one single visualization. By extracting the main...

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TwoTone is a tool to sonify your data

TwoTone, by Datavized and supported by the Google News Initiative, is a straightforward tool to sonify a dataset. Upload your data, select the metric, speed, and instrument, and you get a tune output. If you thought visualization was tricky perceptually, then you’re in for a treat with sonification. The two most useful examples I can think of off-hand were event-based, so maybe start with something like that. Tags: Datavized, Google,...

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News story lifespan charts

A wideout view of the news cycle can look like a series of rise and falls. Something captures the general public’s attention, and then it fades off. Thank you, next. This collaboration between Schema Design and Google Trends charts search volume for news stories and aligns them by their peaks, so that you can see these rise and falls. Transparent areas overlaid on each other show an “average” trend, and...

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✚ Google Fusion Tables Shutdown, Lack of Preservation, and Finding Alternatives

Google announced that Fusion Tables will be laid to rest, which highlights a need for preservation of visualization for the long-term. Read More

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