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Paula Hodge: Google transformation

Posted: March 5, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Do you remember when Google was just a cool and reliable Internet search engine? PC Magazine recognized the company as the search engine of choice in the top 100 Web Sites for 1998.

Fast forward to February 2014, at the Ventura Ventures Technology Center - Dr. N. Rao Machireaju, CEO of ReQall, is speaking on entrepreneur opportunities in emerging technologies.

It was expected that people would hear about Google Glass, the micro computerized device that can be worn as eye wear. However, what was discussed was Google Thermostats, Google Artificial Intelligence, and Contact lenses?

Let’s take a closer look.

On Jan. 13, Google acquired digital thermostat and smoke detector maker Nest for $3.2 billion. What is Google’s interest here?

According to “Geekwire” Google is making a big bet on the future of the connected home. The connected home is a networked home to which multiple services for the home are delivered over superfast broadband. These services range from entertainment to controlling energy use.

Then on Jan. 26, Google bought an artificial intelligence company DeepMind in the United Kingdom for more than $500 million.

There is a lot of speculation regarding this purchase but according to Techcrunch, this acquisition will help Google compete against other companies like IBM “Watson” focusing on deep learning.

Deep learning is the ability to process massive amounts of data (big data) with equally massive computational power; machines that can now efficiently recognize objects and translate speech.

These computational models are based on algorithms that are loosely inspired by our understanding of the brain.

Google is now engaging in development efforts of smart contact lenses that will measure the glucose levels in diabetics’ tears. People with diabetes have difficultly controlling the level of sugar in their blood stream and typically need to monitor their levels with pin pricks and swabbing their blood onto test strips.

Google’s smart contacts are outfitted with tiny wireless chips and glucose sensors, which could potentially make blood sugar monitoring less invasive.

Google has rapidly moved from an Internet search engine to a technological powerhouse in less than 20 years.

Now it is your turn to hear directly from Google at College of the Canyons on March 7, at 12:00 p.m. on the Valencia campus.

Dr. Tim Hesterberg will be presenting, as part of the free Speakers Symposium Series, on the topic Statistics and

Big Data at Google. Dr. Hesterberg will share stories about how Google uses data and statistics, how Google is always experimenting to make improvements, and how Google adapts statistical ideas to do things that have never been done before.

Please join the Dean of Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering, Omar Torres and myself for this amazing presentation and Speakers Symposium Series.

Paula Hodge is the Regional Director/Deputy Sector Navigator for Information Communications Technologies and Digital Media at College of the Canyons. Hodge’s views reflect her own and not necessarily those of The Signal. For more information, please visit or call 661-362-5108.



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