Google Launches Thai AI Project to Screen for Diabetic Eye Disease


Google said on Thursday it had launched an artificial intelligence programme in Thailand to screen for a diabetic eye disease which causes permanent blindness.

The eye screening programme in Thailand follows a similar Google programme in India and highlights a push by big tech companies to show the social benefits of new AI technologies.

“As a society, we have a responsibility to use AI in the best possible way,” Kent Walker, the company’s Senior Vice President for Global Affairs, said in speech at a Google event in Bangkok on Thursday.

The event also highlighted other social benefits of Google’s AI projects, such as stopping illegal fishing in Indonesia.

Google’s Thailand diabetes programme was announced in partnership with a Thai state-run Rajavithi Hospital. This followed a joint-study which found the AI programme to have an accuracy rate of 95 percent when it comes to disease detection, compared with 74 percent from opticians or eye doctors.

The programme analyses patients’ eye screen results to assess if they are at a risk of vision loss, which will enable them to have preemptive treatment.

Thailand is one of the world’s most important sugar producers and high sugar consumption is common amongst its 69 million population.

The Thai government has been campaigning against behaviour that can lead to diabetes and has made the diabetic eye screening one of the country’s national health indicators since 2015.

Thailand has only around 1,400 eye doctors for its 5 million diabetic patients, who are all at risk of the vision loss, Paisan Ruamviboonsuk, Ravajithi Hospital’s assistant director, told reporters.

Paisan said the programme is intended to achieve a nationwide eye screening rate of 60 percent, which is also the Thai government’s target.

In October, Google said it would grant about $25 million globally next year to humanitarian and environmental projects seeking to use AI for good.

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Google Licensing Fees in Germany Should Be Halted, Says EU Court Adviser


A German rule which gives publishers the right to demand a license fee from Google for using news snippets should be halted as it has not been notified to the European Commission, an advisor to Europe’s top court said on Thursday.

The non-binding recommendation from Advocate General Gerard Hogan followed a request for guidance from a Berlin court after VG Media sued the world’s most popular internet search engine for using text excerpts, images and videos produced by its members without paying them.

VG Media is a consortium of around 200 publishers. The publishers’ case centres on an ancillary copyright law, or “Leistungsschutzrecht”, in force since August 2013.

Over the past decade, the media industry has often accused Google of making money at its expense by making its content freely available via Google News, YouTube and other services to drive audiences to view ads on Google sites instead.

Google says that the publishers already profit from advertising revenue generated through its sites.

The European Union is now considering copyright rules on this issue, triggering fierce lobbying from the creative industries on one hand and the tech industry on the other.

“The Court should rule that the new German rules prohibiting search engines from providing excerpts of press products without prior authorisation by the publisher must not be applied,” Advocate General Hogan said.

“Those rules should have been notified to the Commission as they constitute a technical regulation specifically aimed at a particular information society service, namely, the provision of press products through the use of internet search engines.”

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) follows advisors’ recommendations in the majority of cases. Judges will rule in the coming months.

Germany’s biggest newspaper publisher Axel Springer in 2014 blocked Google from running snippets of articles from its newspapers, but scrapped the move after the two-week-old experiment caused traffic to its sites to plunge.

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Google Doodle Reminds Us To Not Miss Spectacular Cosmic Show Tonight


Geminids Metor Shower in 2018 wil be the best ever seen, said Google.

New Delhi: 

Tonight, you will get to witness a spectacular cosmic show in the sky called “Geminids meteor shower”. Google, through its doodle, has reminded us that we must not miss this annual celestial event, which NASA says, are most “prolific” and “reliable” meteor showers of the year. A bonus – you do not need binoculars to see them, and the meteors can be witnessed with bare eyes. Also, if the weather is clear, 2018 should be the best year ever to watch the Gemenides, Google said.

Here’s the time, date of meteor shower and how you can watch it:

What is Gemenids meteor shower:

First discovered via satellite data 35 years ago, an asteroid called “3200 Phaethon” is responsible for bringing the spectacular Geminids meteor showers to Earth’s atmosphere each December. With each passing year since the mid-1800s, the proliferation of yellowish streaks of light in the night-time sky have grown more intense. The “rock comet” came within 10.2 million km of Earth this past December.

The cosmic dust may have resulted from a crash with another flying object, but there’s little danger of any Geminids landing on earth as it normally disintegrates in the earth’s atmosphere.

When to watch Gemenids meteor shower:

To experience the celestial show of meteors, you do not need to have a telescope or binoculars. Although the showers should be visible to naked eyes after 9 pm on Thursday, they are likely to peak after midnight with as many as 120 meteors per hour and the best time will be 2 am tonight.

How to watch Gemenids meteor shower:

For a better view, get as far away from city lights as possible, face South, and remember to dress warmly as you enjoy one of the greatest shows on – or above – earth, recommends Google.





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Priya Prakash Varrier top google india 10 most Searched Celebrities In 2018


खास बातें

  1. प्रिया प्रकाश ने फिर किया धमाल
  2. गूगल ने जारी की लिस्ट
  3. पहले पोजिशन पर रहीं प्रिया प्रकाश

नई दिल्ली: इंटरनेट पर साल 2018 की शुरुआत में अपने आंख मारने की स्टाइल से रातोंरात इंडिया की सनसनी स्टार बन गईं प्रिया प्रकाश वारियर (Priya Prakash Varrier) एक बार फिर से सुर्खियों में हैं. गूगल (Google) ने साल 2018 में सबसे ज्यादा खोजे जाने वाले सेलिब्रिटीज (10 Most Searched Celebrities In 2018) के नाम अनाउंस किए हैं. प्रिया प्रकाश वारियर के इस लिस्ट में सबसे टॉप पर हैं.  प्रिया प्रकाश की फिल्म की सीन का एक आंख मारने का वीडियो वेलेंटाइन डे के मौके पर वायरल हुआ था. जिसके बाद प्रिया प्रकाश का कोई भी नया वीडियो आने के बाद फैन्स उन्हें देखने के लिए आतुर हो जाते. फिलहाल अभी प्रिया प्रकाश के लिए काफी बड़ा मौका है, जब गूगल इंडिया के सर्च में वह टॉप लिस्ट में हैं.

Priya Prakash Varrier: इनकी आंखों पर फिदा हुआ पूरा इंडिया, जानें लाइफ से जुड़ी खास बातें

देखें वीडियो-

देखें वीडियो-

इस लिस्ट में प्रिया प्रकाश वारियर (Priya Prakash Varrier) और सपना चौधरी (Sapna Choudhary) ने सभी दिग्गजों को पीछे छोड़ दिया गया है. फरवरी में वेलेंटाइन्स डे के दौरान एक वीडियो वायरल हुआ जिसमें साउथ इंडियन स्टार ने 10 सेकंड के वीडियो में कई तरह से चेहरा बनाया और ऐसे अंदाज में आंख मारी जिसको बार-बार देखा गया. लोगों ने बार-बार इस वीडियो को देखा और इस एक्ट्रेस को गूगल पर सर्च किया. बता दें, प्रिया प्रकाश वारियर ने जहां आंख मारकर लोगों का दिल जीता तो वहीं सपना चौधरी के डांस को देखने के लिए गूगल पर सर्च किया गया. सपना चौधरी इस लिस्ट में तीसरे नंबर पर हैं.

देखें वीडियो-

देखें वीडियो-

घूंघट ओढ़ मंडप में पहुंची प्रियंका, तो यूं निक को वरमाला से बचाते दिखे दोस्त, देखिए Nick-Priyanka की इंडियन शादी की Unseen Photos

देखें वीडियो-

टिप्पणियां


सपना चौधरी (Sapna Choudhary) हरियाणा की पॉपुलर डांसर, सिंगर और स्टेज परफॉर्मर हैं. जिन्होंने घर में सपोर्ट करने के लिए छोटी उम्र में डांस करना शुरू कर दिया था. कुछ ही सालों में सपना चौधरी काफी फेमस हो गईं और सोशल मीडिया पर उनके म्यूजिक वीडियोज को काफी पसंद किए जाने लगा. 2017 में रिएलिटी शो बिग-बॉस में आने के बाद भारत में उनकी पॉपुलेरिटी बन गई. जिसके बाद बॉलीवुड फिल्म्स में भी वो आइटम नंबर करती दिखीं. सपना चौधरी इस लिस्ट में दूसरे नंबर पर हैं.

…और भी हैं बॉलीवुड से जुड़ी ढेरों ख़बरें…



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Fears About Artificial Intelligence Are ‘Very Legitimate,’ Google CEO Sundar Pichai Says


Sundar Pichai said that lawmakers around the world are still trying to grasp AI’s effects.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, head of one of the world’s leading artificial intelligence companies, said in an interview this week that concerns about harmful applications of the technology are “very legitimate” – but the tech industry should be trusted to responsibly regulate its use.

Speaking with The Washington Post on Tuesday afternoon, Pichai said that new AI tools – the backbone of innovations such as driverless cars and disease-detecting algorithms – require companies to set ethical guardrails and think through how the technology can be abused.

“I think tech has to realize it just can’t build it, and then fix it,” Pichai said. “I think that doesn’t work.”

Tech giants have to ensure that artificial intelligence with “agency of its own” doesn’t harm humankind, Pichai said. He said he is optimistic about the technology’s long-term benefits, but his assessment of the potential risks of AI parallels that of some tech critics who say the technology could be used to empower invasive surveillance, deadly weaponry and the spread of misinformation. Other tech executives, like SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, have offered more dire predictions that AI could prove to be “far more dangerous than nukes.”

Google’s AI technology underpins a range of initiatives, from the company’s controversial China project to the surfacing of hateful conspiratorial videos on its YouTube subsidiary – a problem he vowed to address in the coming year. How Google decides to deploy its AI has also sparked recent employee unrest.

Pichai’s call for self-regulation followed his testimony in Congress, where lawmakers threatened to impose limits on technology in response to its misuse, including as a conduit for spreading misinformation and hate speech. His acknowledgement about the potential threats posed by AI was a critical assertion because the Indian-born engineer often has touted the world-shaping implications of automated systems that could learn and make decisions without human control.

Pichai said in the interview that lawmakers around the world are still trying to grasp AI’s effects and the potential need for government regulation. “Sometimes I worry people underestimate the scale of change that’s possible in the mid-to-long term, and I think the questions are actually pretty complex,” he said. Other tech giants, including Microsoft, recently have embraced regulation of AI – both by the companies that create the technology and the governments that oversee its use.

But AI, if handled properly, could have “tremendous benefits,” Pichai explained, including helping doctors detect eye disease and other ailments through automated scans of health data. “Regulating a technology in its early days is hard, but I do think companies should self-regulate,” he said. “This is why we’ve tried hard to articulate a set of AI principles. We may not have gotten everything right, but we thought it was important to start a conversation.”

Pichai, who joined Google in 2004 and became chief executive 11 years later, in January called AI “one of the most important things that humanity is working on.” He said it could prove to be “more profound” for human society than “electricity or fire.” But the race to perfect machines that can operate on their own has rekindled familiar fears that Silicon Valley’s corporate ethos – “move fast and break things,” as Facebook once put it – could result in powerful, imperfect technology eliminating jobs and harming average people.

Within Google, its AI efforts also have created controversy: The company faced heavy criticism earlier this year due to its work on a Defense Department contract involving AI that could automatically tag cars, buildings and other objects for use in military drones. Some employees resigned due to what they called Google’s profiting off the “business of war.”

Asked about the employee backlash, Pichai told The Post that his workers were “an important part of our culture.” “They definitely have an input, and it’s an important input; it’s something I cherish,” he said.

In June, after announcing that Google wouldn’t renew the contract next year, Pichai unveiled a set of AI-ethics principles that included general bans on developing systems that could be used to cause harm, damage human rights or aid in “surveillance violating internationally accepted norms.”

The company faced earlier criticism for releasing AI tools that could be misused in the wrong hands. Google’s release in 2015 of its internal machine-learning software, TensorFlow, has helped accelerate the wide-scale development of AI, but it has also been used to automate the creation of lifelike fake videos that have been used for harassment and disinformation.

Google and Pichai have defended the release by saying that keeping the technology restricted could lead to less public oversight and prevent developers and researchers from progressing its capabilities in beneficial ways.

“Over time, as you make progress, I think it’s important to have conversations around ethics (and) bias, and make simultaneous progress,” Pichai said during his interview with The Post.

“In some sense, you do want to develop ethical frameworks, engage noncomputer scientists in the field early on,” he said. “You have to involve humanity in a more representative way, because the technology is going to affect humanity.”

Pichai likened the early work to set parameters around AI to the academic community’s efforts in the early days of genetics research. “Many biologists started drawing lines on where the technology should go,” he said. “There’s been a lot of self-regulation by the academic community, which I think has been extraordinarily important.”

The Google executive said it would be most essential around the development of autonomous weapons, an issue that’s rankled tech executives and employees. In July, thousands of tech workers representing companies including Google signed a pledge against developing AI tools that could be programmed to kill.

Pichai also said he found some hateful, conspiratorial YouTube videos described in a Washington Post story on Tuesday “abhorrent,” and he indicated that the company would work to improve its systems for detecting problematic content. The videos, which had been watched millions of times on YouTube since appearing in April, discussed baseless allegations that Democrat Hillary Clinton and her longtime aide Huma Abedin had attacked, killed and drank the blood of a girl.

Pichai said he had not seen the videos, which he was questioned about during the congressional hearing, and he declined to say whether YouTube’s shortcomings in this area were a result of limits in the detection systems or in policies for evaluating whether a particular video should be removed. But he added, “You’ll see us in 2019 continue to do more here.”

Pichai also portrayed Google’s efforts to develop a new product for the government-controlled Chinese internet market as preliminary, declining to say what the product might be or when it would come to market – if ever.

Dubbed Project Dragonfly, the effort has caused backlash among employees and human-rights activists who warn about the possibility of Google assisting government surveillance in a country that tolerates little political dissent. When asked whether it’s possible that Google might make a product that allows Chinese officials to know who searches for sensitive terms, such as the Tiananmen Square massacre, Pichai said it was too soon to make any such judgments.

“It’s a hypothetical,” Pichai said. “We are so far away from being in that position.”

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Emerges ‘Unscathed’ From US Congress Hearing


His voice was so quiet at times he could barely be heard across the chambers of the House Judiciary Committee, and he faced a firing line of dour lawmakers, some of them intent on hammering the tech giant for alleged political bias.

But after nearly four hours of rambling questions and partisan bickering, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai emerged on Tuesday from his first-ever testimony to Congress almost entirely untouched.

“He didn’t make any enemies here today,” said Daniel Castro, vice president of the Washington think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. “The people who were here trying to rattle him weren’t able to do it. Google came out unscathed.”

Pichai was the measured, mild-mannered political tenderfoot in a sea of Washington bombast, not showing agitation at the silliest of questions or taking his interrogators’ bait.

And after the hearing, with the high-stakes showdown behind him, one of the most powerful executives on the planet couldn’t help but smile. The two mock hearings in California and Washington he had sat for in preparation were a little less tough, Pichai said with a soft laugh later, following an interview at The Washington Post.

In Silicon Valley, Pichai, 46, is as close to rock-star royalty as one can get: an India-born engineer who rose through the ranks to helm one of the world’s most powerful tech empires.

In a culture that worships innovation, he is revered as a special type of technical-minded billionaire, more likely to rhapsodize about the profundity of artificial intelligence than pore over the details of a balance sheet.

Yet in Washington, Pichai has effectively been a nonentity, and Google – the town’s biggest corporate lobbyist – has had to do its politicking without his presence. Indeed, neither he nor Google’s co-founder Larry Page testified at a Senate committee hearing in September. Instead, Google was represented by an empty chair.

Tuesday’s hearing was designed from the jump as a scene of performative political outrage at Big Tech, which has spent much of the year as a punching bag over claims of anti-conservative bias.

And like previous hearings involving Twitter chief Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, Pichai’s hearing had the trappings of a modern Washington circus.

The hearing was crashed by longtime Trump crony Roger Stone and far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who called Google “the most horrible corporation on earth” to anyone in the halls willing to listen.

A man dressed as the mascot of the game Monopoly, Rich Uncle Pennybags, sat quietly in the crowd, peering through a monocle. Another protester opened the hearing-room doors and flashed a sign with Google’s name in the Chinese flag – a silent criticism of the company’s ongoing development of products that could align with the desires of the surveillance state.

The demands from a phalanx of lawmakers – skewed heavily toward stern-faced, old, white men – ranged from prosecutorial cross-examinations to questions more likely to be expressed by old uncles seeking tech support from young kids during a Thanksgiving gathering.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., asked Pichai why a Google search of the word “idiot” had brought up images of President Trump. And Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, asked him to explain why his seven-year-old granddaughter’s iPhone had acted strangely. “Congressman, the iPhone is made by a different company,” Pichai said quietly.

Ed Black, president of the Washington tech advocacy group Computer & Communications Industry Association, said afterward, “He withstood it with a degree of stoicism that I would have to strain to match.”

After it all, Pichai proved to even his critics to be a master of deflection, capable of gliding past tough questions and consistently hitting talking points – saying a lot while conveying very little.

That allowed him to walk out of the hearing with Google’s mission accomplished: no major gaffes, no embarrassing sound bites.

Pichai left the hearing through a small press scrum, thinned by the latest scandal emerging from Trump’s Oval Office. As for Rich Uncle Pennybags, the man who had practically dominated the camera footage behind him? Pichai said later he’d never seen him.

 



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Pramila Jayapal To Google CEO Sundar Pichai


Google CEO Sundar Pichai was praised for his contribution by Indian-American lawmaker Pramila Jayapal

Washington: 

For Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, it was an occasion to celebrate as Indian-American Sunder Pichai, CEO of Google, appeared before a Congressional committee for a grilling by lawmakers on the search engine’s data privacy.

The two, now holding reputable positions in different spheres of lives — one in politics and the other in the corporate world — were born in the state – Tamil Nadu. Ms Jayapal, the first ever Indian-American Congresswoman highlighted this point during the Congressional hearing.

“Let me just take a point of personal privilege to say that I was born in the same state as you in India and I am excited to see you leading a company and continuing to show that immigrants to this country contribute great value, in spite of some of the rhetoric we hear. Thank you Mr Pichai,” she told the Google CEO.

Sundar Pichai, 46, was born in Chennai. A graduate from the IIT Kharagpur, he joined Google in 2004 and in 2015, was appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company.

Ms Jayapal, 53, too was born in Chennai and came to the US as a student. Both passed through a similar immigration pathway, involving H-1B visa and Green Card, before becoming US citizens.

During the hearing, Ms Jayapal asked questions to Mr Pichai on sexual harassment and hate speech. “Do you agree with the UN high commissioner for human rights assessment that social media played a role, for example, in perpetuating genocide against the Rohingya and what is Google’s response ability to moderate hate speech on your platforms?,” she asked.

“We feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to moderate hate speech. You know, we have defined hate speech clearly as inciting violence or hatred towards groups of people,” Mr Pichai said.

“It is absolutely something which I think we need to take a very strict line on and we have stated our policies clearly and we are working hard to make our enforcement better and we have gotten a lot better. But it is not enough and so, we are committed to doing more here,” he added.

In her remarks, Ms Jayapal expressed her deep concerns about employers mandating forced arbitration rather than allowing for people to pursue justice.

“Forcing people into arbitration when they have already experienced a violation of their basic rights I think is a deep injustice and it subjects people who have already been victimised to further victimisation and we have seen research that shows that it discourages people from coming forward to report abuses to begin with,” she said.

Mr Pichai said Google’s arbitration agreements did not require any confidentiality provisions.

“That is how we have done it. But for sexual harassment, we agreed that it should be up to the employees and we give them a choice,” he said.

“We are definitely looking into this further. It is an area where I have gotten feedback personally from our employees, so we are definitely reviewing what we could do and you know, I am looking forward to consulting and happy to think about more changes here,” Mr Pichai said.

Following Ms Jayapal’s remarks, Congressman Keith Rothfus said both the Indian Americans were success stories of immigrants.

“I just want to echo what my colleague Ms Pramila Jayapal had said. I am glad you are here at the committee but I am glad you are here in our country. You are a success story and I can just think of you sitting as a teenager in India, thinking that this was probably never even on your radar,” he said.

“But you came to this country, because this country had that promise out there and I want to thank you for being here today and encourage you to continue collaborating with this committee,” Mr Rothfus said.
 

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After Republicans Corner Sundar Pichai, Google CEO Takes On Hate Speech


Washington: 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai confronted a barrage of criticism Tuesday from House Republicans who said his company suppresses conservative voices, exposing Google to the same kind of scrutiny that has destabilized its tech peers this year. Pichai insisted that Google is careful to avoid political bias in its search engine and other products.

“To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests,” said Pichai, testifying for the first time before Congress. “We are a company that provides platforms for diverse perspectives and opinions – and there is no shortage of them among our own employees.”

Yet in an interview with The Washington Post after the hearing, Pichai acknowledged that Google navigates tricky waters in setting global policies on issues such as hate speech or political opinions that might spread falsehoods – or appear as censorship. He said Google needs to do more work in “areas where the world doesn’t quite agree.”

The stakes could rise dramatically if Google re-enters China, where the company shut down its Chinese-language search engine in 2010 over security and censorship concerns. In the Post interview, Pichai said the company has an internal effort to develop a product aimed at the Chinese market, though he declined to say what it was or whether it was likely to be a search engine.

“For us, this work had many purposes. Can we explore and serve users in China, in areas like education and health care?” Pichai said. “We may not end up doing search. We’re trying to understand a market.”

But employees have revolted against a project that many see as counter to Silicon Valley ideals of free speech. “Our principles apply for us globally,” he added. “We have many ways we can approach it.”

Google has long had at least occasional contact with Chinese officials after its retreat from the country, Pichai said. The renewed effort to work in China, dubbed Project Dragonfly and made public through news reports this year, has sparked sharp political backlash on Capitol Hill.

Pichai’s interrogation in front of the House Judiciary Committee capped a yearlong inquiry by the panel into allegations that Google and its tech peers stifle conservatives online. Democrats had objected to the hearing series from the beginning, arguing that Republicans were playing politics. But the two parties still appeared to share broad concerns about Google’s algorithms and data-gathering on the Android mobile operating system and other Google offerings, such as its dominant search engine.

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A man holds up a sign of the Google logo altered to resemble the Chinese flag during a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Washington

Pichai is the third tech CEO – following Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey – to submit to a grilling on Capitol Hill this year after long avoiding the harsh congressional spotlight. Yet the questions about Google’s privacy practices, its next big tech bets and its ability to police hate speech only stand to intensify as lawmakers increasingly focus on how Silicon Valley operates, and tech-skeptical Democrats prepare to take the reins in the House of Representatives in 2019.

The 3.5 hour hearing Tuesday began with a pointed question when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., asked, “Are America’s technology companies serving as instruments of freedom – or instruments of control?”

Other Republicans, including Rep. Steve Chabot, Ohio, at one point charged that Google’s search algorithm is “in effect picking winners and losers” and potentially even “affecting elections.” They delivered their rebukes while conservatives including Alex Jones, banned from YouTube for his conspiracy theory videos and threats to journalists, looked on from the back of the hearing room.

In response, frustrated Democrats led by Rep. Jerry Nadler, N.Y., called the premise of the hearing itself a “fantasy” and part of a “right-wing conspiracy.” Nadler said lawmakers should have focused on the ways the internet has become a “new tool for those seeking to stoke racial and ethnic hatred. The presence of hateful conduct and content in these platforms has been made all the more alarming by the recent rise in hate-motivated violence.” Other Democrats signaled such oversight could come in 2019, when they take over control of the chamber.

“I look forward next year to working with you on some of the very serious questions we face,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. “It’s pretty obvious bias against conservative voices is not one of them.”

Caught in the middle, Pichai stressed Google’s neutrality.

Democrats and Republicans also warned Google about building a search engine that would work with China’s government-controlled internet. In response, the Google leader said the company would brief Congress before proceeding. Pichai, who acknowledged in questioning from lawmakers that about 100 people have worked on the project but repeatedly said Google has “no plans” to offer a new product for China, later told The Post that it was too soon to put any parameters on the effort.

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Sundar Pichai is the third tech CEO – following Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey – to submit to a grilling on Capitol Hill this year

Members of both parties pressed Pichai on the privacy implications of the company’s sweeping data-collection practices across a range of services, including Gmail, Google Search and the Android mobile operating system. A day after Google revealed a new mishap jeopardized the data of about 52 million users of its soon-to-be-deactivated social networking service, Pichai told lawmakers, “We always think there is more to do.”

Yet Pichai’s mild-mannered responses – often offering more nuance than lawmakers sought or promising to have his staff follow up later on tricky questions – did not always satisfy some Republicans. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, at one point held up his iPhone and demanded to know whether Google would detect if he walked across the hearing room and sat among the Democratic lawmakers.

“Does Google track my movement?” asked Poe sharply.

As Pichai attempted to answer, adding that he needed to know more about the Apple device’s settings before answering, Poe interrupted, saying, “It’s not a trick question. You know, you make $100 million a year. You ought to be able to answer that question.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., also took an aggressive tone with Pichai in citing a Washington Post story on Tuesday regarding the rampant spread of hateful, conspiratorial videos on YouTube.

Pichai said the company had made progress in policing some types of problematic content, but he added, “We are looking to do more. This was a recent thing, but I’m committed to following up on it, making sure we are evaluating these against our policies. But it’s an area where we acknowledge there’s more work to be done and will definitely continue doing that.”

Raskin didn’t relent, saying that while Republicans have accused the company of political bias, the hateful conspiracy videos have the potential to provoke violence, as happened in 2016 when a man who had watched a Pizzagate conspiracy video on YouTube fired shots in a Northwest Washington pizzeria.

“There is material that is a true public danger,” Raskin told Pichai. “I think the point at which it becomes a matter of serious public interest is when your communication vehicle is being used to promote propaganda that leads to violent events.”

Speaking with The Post after the hearing, Pichai acknowledged that Google still had more work to do in crafting and enforcing policies on hate speech and other offensive content online.

“I do think we’ve definitely gotten better at areas where you’re better able to clearly define policies, where there’s less subjectivity,” said Pichai, pointing to YouTube, where the company’s machine-learning tools have been put to use to spot and take down terrorist content.

But he appeared to grapple with the harder calls. “How do you draw lines in a way that is right, (and) you don’t make mistakes on either side,” he said, “and how do you do it responsibly?”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Google ‘Idiot’, Get Pics Of Trump, Why? US Lawmaker Asks Sundar Pichai


In an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, a Democratic congresswoman asked the tech company’s CEO a simple question: “If you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. How would that happen? How does search work so that that would occur?”

In the middle of a congressional hearing ostensibly about privacy and data collection, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., apparently performed that search from the dais. As it turns out, the image results for “idiot” reveals a page of mostly Trump photos.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, who was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning, tried to explain to the roomful of mostly tech novices how the algorithms take into account some 200 factors – such as relevance, popularity, how others are using the search term – to determine how to best match a query with results.

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user. It’s basically a compilation of what users are generating, and trying to sort through that information?” Zofgren asked, facetiously.

Zofgren was reacting to Republicans’ allegations that Google employees manipulate results for political reasons. The hearing mostly revealed lawmakers’ rudimentary understanding of how the internet works and provided a platform for them to complain about unfavorable search results.

In one exchange, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, asked Pichai whether he had ever directed an employee to manipulate search results. Pichai explained that it’s not possible for one person, or even a group of people, to do that because there are so many steps in the process.

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Google chief executive Sundar Pichai was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.

But Smith did not accept that explanation, telling Pichai: “Let me just say, I disagree. I think humans can manipulate the process. It is a human process at its base.”

Republicans on the panel couldn’t get past the myth that some person(s) inside Google couldn’t arbitrarily change search algorithms for political gain.

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, complained that when he googled the Republican health care bill or the GOP tax cuts the first several pages listed negative articles. “How do you explain this apparent bias on Google’s part against conservative points of view, against conservative policies? Is it just the algorithm, or is there more happening there?” Chabot asked.

“Congressman, I understand the frustration of seeing negative news, and, you know, I see it on me,” Pichai offered. “What is important here is we use the robust methodology to reflect what is being said about any given topic at any particular time. And we try to do it objectively, using a set of rubrics. It is in our interest to make sure we reflect what’s happening out there in the best objective manner possible. I can commit to you, and I can assure you we do it without regards to political ideology. Our algorithms have no notion of political sentiment in it.”

But Chabot wasn’t having it. He told Pichai that conservatives believe Google is “picking winners and losers in political discourse.”

“There’s a lot of people that think what I’m saying here is happening,” Chabot said. “And I think it’s happening.”

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Google Cloud Expands Partnership With Palo Alto Networks


Google Cloud has announced to expand its partnership with global cyber-security company Palo Alto Networks to simplify security and accelerate cloud adoption.

Palo Alto Networks will run its Application Framework on Google Cloud to take advantage of Google Cloud Platform’s secure, durable storage and highly-scalable Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics tools, Google said late Monday.

Palo Alto Networks will also run their “GlobalProtect” service on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), said Tariq Shaukat, President, Global Alliances and Industry Platforms, Google Cloud.

“This partnership makes us a Google Cloud customer, allowing us to run important cloud-delivered security services at scale and with the benefits of Google’s AI and analytics expertise,” added Varun Badhwar, SVP Products and Engineering for Public Cloud Security at Palo Alto Networks. 

“We’ll also be working with Google Cloud to offer organisations moving to Google Cloud additional visibility, compliance and security capabilities they need to prevent cyber attacks,” Badhwar added.

Enterprises using Palo Alto Networks offerings on-premises will have an easier path to move to the cloud while leveraging their existing security investments. 

“Organisations who run on Google Cloud will have easy access to security functionality from Palo Alto Networks with enhanced capabilities available only on Google Cloud,” informed Shaukat. 



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