The “dreams” of Google’s AI are equal parts amazing and disturbing

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Philip K. Dick asked that question Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” did little to answer that question, but now perhaps Google has. When asked to create similar images to the ones it had cataloged, the results were amazing and provided insight into the ‘electric dreams of sheep.’

Google Maps Easter Egg

Continuing the Easter Egg celebration from my previous post,

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This one comes from Google Maps. Add a playable Pac-Man to street view.

How to play Pac-Man on Google Maps

  1. Open Google Maps on your computer.
  2. Navigate to a place on the map where you want to start your game.
  3. Click the PAC-MAN pin on the map . If no pin is visible, in the bottom left, click PAC-MAN.

Your map will change to a game board, and you can start playing.

 

Cheers!

Additional Reading

Google Android Wear

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Google; in your home, on your streets and, soon, on your wrist! The Google smartwatches, or Androidwear, are coming to a mall near you. Watch this video from GoogleMobile to see why you want one.

Spoiler alert: you’re cell phone’s days are numbered.

Cheers!

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An Internet Minute

This infographic comes from the IntelScoop.com (March 2013)
The arrangement seems wholly arbitrary; I would’ve preferred if the items were placed in ascending order.
Click here for the full article.

For an updated (December 2013) version of an Internet Minute, click here for an equally horrendous infographic, courtesy of AlleyWatch.com

Enjoy, and remember; the minute you spend looking at this is a minute you could have spent greeting those 100 new LinkedIn members.

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Gmail and Google Calendar Are Now Downloadable (Just Not Your Brain — Yet)

Yea! Retain a backup of your Google data on your on own drive. Its about time!

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Somewhere in a computer file system folder, tucked within a series of folders, locked in an archive compressed to a fraction of its original size (inside an encryption riddle, wrapped in a digital mystery) are all my old email files from when I used to use Lotus Notes, now known as IBM Notes. Lotus Notes! I realize some of you still use it, and this is not me chuckling quietly.

No, this is just me letting you know that Google in 2013 is finally going to catch back up with a program that’s been around since the late 1980s: until today, you couldn’t extract Gmail or Google Calendar information for archiving vis-a-vis an intuitive (and more importantly, native) Gmail or Google Calendar switch. You had to either trust Google to keep your stuff safe and backed up somewhere, or play a kind of digital version of Twister to extract said information by…

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Google Chrome Easter Eggs

Who doesn’t love Easter Eggs! 

No, not the Springtime ovo-cuniculus  variety (although they are good too). I am talking about those purposeless treats that programmers embed into applications, hoping that someone will come across it.

This is done less and less nowadays (probably because software firms assessed  how much time was being billed as ‘work time’ for a pointless feature. I still remember back in the when you could run a virtual Flight simulator from your desk by pressing a series of keys (google “Excel 97 Flight Simulator” for more on that).

Here are some ‘secret’ tricks for you Google Chrome users

In Chrome, enter any of the below into the search bar:

  • Type ‘do a barrel roll‘ then press Enter
  • Type ‘askew‘ (or Type ‘tilt‘ in the search bar and then press Enter)
  • Type ‘google in 1998‘ and press Enter (if you’re feeling nostalgic)
  • Type ‘google sphere‘ in the search bar and then CLICK  ‘ I’m Feeling Lucky ‘  (trippy!)
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And finally (although this is not really an Easter egg, but):

  • Hover your mouse over the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button’ 

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Cheers!

hɔuᴉnb

Comments and questions are always welcome!