Google says it is retooling its search machine to go beyond recognizing words in queries and begin understanding what it is people are asking for. "Right now, our understanding is pretty darn limited," Google fellow and online search veteran Amit Singhal said of online search Thursday in a message posted at the company's Google+ online social network. "Ask us for the 10 deepest lakes in the US and we'll give you decent results based on those keywords, but not necessarily because we understand what depth is or what a lake is," he explained. To make search smarter, Google is tapping into the virtual brain of a Freebase database of knowledge regarding what things are and how they relate to one another. Google acquired the "open-source knowledge graph" when it bought San Francisco-based Metaweb Technologies in 2010 for an undisclosed sum. "In the time since, we've grown (Freebase) from 12 million interconnected entities and attributes to over 200 million," Singhal said. "Our … [Read more...] about Google making search smarter
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Talk Around Town Career women ask: can’t we be wives too? by Du Van Nga Nguyen Thanh Thao is among many Vietnamese women struggling with the realisation that assets in the workplace may be just the opposite in the dating world. For most of her 20s, Thao had a one-track mind, and higher education and a successful career were the lights at the end of the tunnel. Her dedication paid off, and she earned a Ph.D from the University of Antwerp in Belgium. "I believed that a Ph.D would make me happier than anything else could. I wanted to affirm my position in society only by learning, and now my dream has come true: I have a job with a good salary, a high position at a big multinational corporation. But I feel so sad," Thao said. At 30, Thao fears her prospects of marriage are bleak, and she wonders if she should have given more thought to her family life when she was younger and perhaps devoted more of her energy to looking for love. "Going after a diploma forced me to be … [Read more...] about Career women ask: can’t we be wives too?
Art makes products unique Thuy Dung “We invite artists to go to our place to get to know us. I need to feel a connection to make sure that they understand what we are trying to achieve and then we give them freedom to look at creative challenges with their own style and their own personality,” says Mr. Bernard Peillon, President of Hennessy Cognac (LVMH Group). Mr. Bernard Peillon talks about the combination of business and art as a strategy of his company to stand out. Your company has a tradition of being with the art. Can you tell us the story about the combination between business and art? Mr. Bernard Peillon: Some of us are a bit more sensitive to arts like I am. And I thought it was interesting when you have such a known company and known house like Hennessy, which is energized by creative talent of artists. It is not just a business. We don’t send a brief and simply say “Let’s do it”. We invite artists to go to our place to get to know us. … [Read more...] about Art makes products unique
Traffic signals are odd in this country. At intersections, green lights appear simultaneously on both sides of the road, and once they turn green, vehicles scramble to drive in multiple directions at the same time, often getting stuck somewhere in the middle. Local authorities' response Traffic signals are odd in this country. At intersections, green lights appear simultaneously on both sides of the road, and once they turn green, vehicles scramble to drive in multiple directions at the same time, often getting stuck somewhere in the middle. To give you a quick example, consider the intersection of Cach Mang Thang Tam and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Streets. Vehicles going down Nguyen Thi Minh Khai toward Nguyen Van Cu and those heading in the opposite direction both get the green light at the same time. The result is chaos. Interestingly, the police have imposed some restrictions on vehicles turning into Cach Mang Thang Tam rather than make the lights more logical. Imagine how much … [Read more...] about Make traffic lights smarter to relieve Ho Chi Minh City congestion: expat
by Chi Lan One day I cried a river on the way home from my first-grade class. My teacher scolded me for not writing in the style she wanted but the old-fashioned formal font my father had taught me the night before. My teacher's font looked like cold boring Times New Roman, while what my father taught me was so beautiful and elegant that it would be carefully written on wedding invitations. After that, my father stopped helping me with my writing homework. I was not angry at my teacher for taking away some father-daughter time. She was overall a good teacher who did her job. She did what the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) asked her and other teachers to do: to "reform" our education system – though I still don't understand how changing how we write can make us a smarter or a better person. I should have known that this was just one of many "reforms" that would happen through my student life. After five years in primary school I got into junior high school after a … [Read more...] about VN educational reforms fail to help students