Google says 20% of workers will be remote, many more hybrid

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google says it expects about 20% of its workforce to still work remotely after its offices reopen this fall, while some 60% will work a hybrid schedule that includes about three days in the office and two days “wherever they work best.”
The remaining 20% can change their location to a different Google office.
The policy announced Wednesday relaxes the company’s stricter earlier stance.
“The future of work is flexibility,” CEO […]
Google says 20% of workers will be remote, many more hybrid

Google says 20% of workers will be remote, many more hybrid

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google says it expects about 20% of ifs workforce to still work remotely after its offices reopen this fall, while some 60% will work a hybrid schedule that includes about three days in the office and two days “wherever they work best.”
The remaining 20% can change their location to a different Google office.
The policy announced Wednesday relaxes the company’s stricter earlier stance.
“The future of work is flexibility,” CEO […]
Google says 20% of workers will be remote, many more hybrid

Google adds more flexibility to its return to office policies

Google on Wednesday said it’s giving employees more options as the company begins to welcome workers back into offices, including giving some employees the ability to work from home permanently. 
In December, CEO Sundar Pichai announced a plan for a hybrid work model, with employees typically coming into the office three days a week. On Wednesday, Pichai told employees in a memo that he expects 20% of the company to permanently work remotely. 
The company said another 20% could work from a […]
Google adds more flexibility to its return to office policies

Google boss emails staff detailing return to office

Google's chief executive has sent an email to employees encouraging them to return to work in the office for at least three days a week as lockdowns ease.
The firm began reopening offices in April, and has now laid out the details of how it envisages the new hybrid working week.
In the email, Sundar Pichai extols the benefits of office working.
Twitter, by contrast, has said that employees can work from home "forever".
Facebook has also said that its employees can continue to be […]
Google boss emails staff detailing return to office

Google Admits Android Tablets are Perfect for Entertainment, Not Much Else

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Android tablets still aren’t really that popular, few companies you care about make them, and they are terrible as productivity devices. Like, Android tablets do almost nothing well because the platform hasn’t given them the opportunity to. But one area they can shine is in entertainment. They are big dumb screens that can show content, let you play games, and maybe even read a book.
Today, […]
Google Admits Android Tablets are Perfect for Entertainment, Not Much Else

The New Google Nest Hub Has Smarter Sleep Tracking, And I Don't Have To Wear A Single …

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Google’s new Nest Hub will watch you sleep.
It’s easy to look at Google’s second generation Nest Hub as a frivolous purchase. If the new smart display never graces your kitchen counter or bedside […]
The New Google Nest Hub Has Smarter Sleep Tracking, And I Don't Have To Wear A Single …

Vodafone using Google’s cloud and AI to retain customers

Vodafone is teaming up with Google to develop a cloud-based data platform to help telcos find new opportunities and improve relationships with customers.
Numerous studies have found that telcos are increasingly struggling to find new revenue streams, despite investing heavily into 4G and 5G networks.
The partnership is the latest trend showing a convergence between the telecoms market and Silicon Valley.
But there are concerns over where in the world customer data is processed.
The deal is set […]
Vodafone using Google’s cloud and AI to retain customers

Why AI Moonshots Miss

Since the very beginning of the computer revolution, researchers have dreamed of creating computers that would rival the human brain. Our brains are information machines that use inputs to generate outputs, and so are computers. How hard could it be to build computers that work as well as our brains?
In 1954 a Georgetown-IBM team predicted that language translation programs would be perfected in three to five years. In 1965 Herbert Simon said that “machines will be capable, within twenty […]
Why AI Moonshots Miss

Toronto startup backed by AI experts aims to bring Google-quality predictive language to the masses

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From the left: Ivan Zhang, Aidan Gomez and Nick Frosst, the co-founders of Cohere.
Some of the world’s leading artificial intelligence experts are backing a Toronto startup co-founded by protégés of AI luminaries Geoffrey Hinton and Jeff Dean that is attempting to make it easier for humans to talk to machines.
Cohere Inc. is […]
Toronto startup backed by AI experts aims to bring Google-quality predictive language to the masses

Best Smart Home Devices For A Connected World

It wasn't that long ago that smart home technology had a bad case of the meh's, with many consumers taking a "why bother?" view. These days, the better question is, "why on earth not?" Think about it. Why wouldn't you wanta smart thermostat that slashes energy costs while keeping your home comfy and cozy, or a smart video doorbell that lets you see who's at the door from anywhere?
Examples like these are the promise of today's smart home, and it's one […]
Best Smart Home Devices For A Connected World