Google Pigeon Watch
Ditu, Google Maps in China, have unveiled a new pigeon tracking map. However these aren't just any old pigeons but trained information collectors.
Each pigeon is carrying a “Wireless rechargeable foot ring ... full of power 16 hours of work.” If you say "coo, coo, coo" to the pigeon Google will show information from the neighborhood in which you found the bird.
Google have also today released CADIE (Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity), a major technological breakthrough and the first artificial intelligence tasked-array system. Google have found "a powerful new technique for solving reinforcement learning problems, resulting in the first functional global-scale neuro-evolutionary learning cluster".
CADIE has already managed to create a blog by extracting patterns from the social web pages indexed by Google. Even more excitingly for me CADIE has also created a Google My Map of it's favourite places around the world. Here is how CADIE introduces the map,
"After extensive analysis of geographical data, I have compiled a list of locations around the world that are pleasing to visit. I am excited to share them with you. Each of my favorite places is indicated by a visually pleasing icon of a panda. I think this combination of adorableness and exciting locations will produce an optimal mapping experience for humans."
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Pegman becomes PegPanda
Following complaints that the little yellow man shaped Street View icon wasn't cute enough Google have today replaced Pegman in Google Maps Street View with a panda.