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A summary of the keynotes at AAMAS

AIHub

A virtual edition of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) conference was held on 9-13 May. Videos of the talks are now available for public viewing, and you can also see the sessions from the various workshops. Alison is interested in how cities work and builds spatial agent-based models (ABMs) to study how people move around and how behaviour plays out in space and time. There are a number of challenges with these kinds of models and they need to be really robust if they are to be adopted by policy makers. So, why should we be interested in modelling cities?


Eric Schmidt steps down as Alphabet's executive chairman

Los Angeles Times

Former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt announced Thursday he has stepped down from his role as executive chairman of the search giant's parent company Alphabet.


Google Returns to Larry and Sergey's Garage for Massive Search Revamp

AITopics Original Links

If you've started to feel like Google understands you a little better, the company says that's because it has quietly rolled out the biggest revamp of its search engine technology in years. Today, Google's senior vice president of search, Amit Singhal, announced the overhaul, called Hummingbird, from the garage in Silicon Valley that co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin used as the company's first office. He described Hummingbird as the next leap forward in the search technology that debuted a decade and a half ago. This isn't something you can see and navigate inside your browser. It's a new way for Google to determine what you're looking for -- behind the scenes -- and send it your way.


Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, on the Future of AI, Robots, and Coffee Makers

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Astro Teller has an unusual way of starting a new project: He tries to kill it. Teller is the head of X, formerly Google X, the advanced technology lab of Alphabet. At X's headquarters not far from the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., Teller leads a group of engineers, inventors, and designers devoted to futuristic "moonshot" projects like self-driving cars, delivery drones, and Internet-beaming balloons. To turn their wild ideas into reality, Teller and his team have developed a unique approach. It starts with trying to prove that whatever it is that you're trying to do can't be done--in other words, trying to kill your own idea. As Teller explains, "Instead of saying, 'What's most fun to do about this or what's easiest to do first?' we say, 'What is the most likely reason this project won't make it?' The ideas that survive get additional rounds of scrutiny, and only a tiny fraction eventually becomes official projects; the proposals that are found to have an Achilles' heel are ...


Larry and Sergey Have Passed the Crown to Google's New King

WIRED

Each year, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin write a letter to share their thoughts on what the company stands for and where it's going. But this year's Founders' Letter is different: it wasn't written by a founder. Last year, Google become Alphabet, news that was itself shared in a letter. We joked at the time that Alphabet was so big it actually owns Google. Now, to let Google have its time in the spotlight again, Page and Brin have handed the Founders' Letter over to Google CEO Sundar Pichai.