Talks at Google

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The Talks at Google program brings authors, innovators, scientists, actors, actresses, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and speakers of all kinds to Google for talks centering on their work.

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Ariel Beery: "Catching Cancer Using AI-Enabled Smartphones" | Talks at Google"

Too many women and men die from easily preventable diseases due to lack of access to expert care. Smart medical devices leveraging smartphones can change that. One of the more tragic causes of death, cervical cancer, claims the lives of 300,000 women a year despite the fact that it can be easily treated for less than $28 if caught in the first 5 years. Ariel Beery, co-founder, and CEO of MobileODT shares how primary healthcare providers worldwide are using the Enhanced Visual Assessment (EVA) System, built on the back of a smartphone with AI/ML augmenting algorithms to screen women for cervical cancer without a need for laboratory tests and expensive infrastructure. As MobileODT's EVA System is used in 28 countries around the world, anonymous data from the examinations has been used for research purposes and contributed to research institutions and competitions to enable data scientists to develop new AI/ML approaches to assisting health providers in making better decisions at the point-of-care. Earlier this year, MobileODT and its partners proved it is possible to identify signs of cervical cancer and pre-cancer 20% better than a Pap smear, using no more than a visual image (no laboratories or chemicals required). This same approach has the potential to transform a large number of examinations - from cervical cancer to skin cancer, from oral disease to diabetic retinopathy. By replacing laboratory tests with point-of-care visual examinations powered by AI/ML, every woman and man will have access to the same level of healthcare expected by the most fortunate of us today.

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Mark Stuart Day: "Bits to Bitcoin: How Our Digital Stuff Works" | Talks at Google

Mark Stuart Day gives a flavor of his book Bits to Bitcoin. He visits a handful of topics from the book, and comments on a couple of cartoons. He also sketches the book’s journey from origin to publication. Finally, Mark answers the audience’s insightful questions about writing, editing, and technology. If you knew Mark only by his credentials – Ph.D. from MIT, teaching about systems at MIT, more than 30 patents, a decade as chief scientist at a technology company – you might expect his book to be for specialists only. Instead, Bits to Bitcoin: How Our Digital Stuff Works is a friendly guide to the underpinnings of digital life, written for the inquisitive but non-technical reader. Get the book here:

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Danielle Teller: "All the Ever Afters" | Talks at Google

Danielle Teller, M.D., a McGill, Brown, and Yale-trained doctor and former Faculty member at both the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University -- who harbored a life-long love of writing and became a full-time author in 2013 -- discusses her book, "All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cindarella's Stepmother." Told from the perspective of Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother, "All the Ever Afters" challenges our assumptions and forces us to reevaluate what we think we know. Exploring the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, this lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive novel shows us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound truth about our lives than the ideal of “happily ever after.” It is a timely tale about empathy and perspective. Moderated by Michelle Kaufmann. Get the book:

4 days ago

Rowan Somerville: "BEAT: The True Story of a Suicide Bomb and a Heart" | Talks at Google

Rowan Somerville discusses his new book 'Beat: The True Story of a Suicide Bomb and a Heart' which tells the story of the heart transplant that became a prism for the Israel-Palestine conflict. On June 1st 2001, a suicide bomb killed twenty-one young Israelis outside a nightclub in Tel Aviv. The next day, in an apparently retributive act of violence, an Israeli settler shot a Palestinian pharmacist, Mazan Al-Joulani, in the neck, rendering him brain dead. Out of this violence came an extraordinary act of humanity, when the family of Al-Joulani agreed to donate his heart to Yigal Cohen, a dying Israeli. The Irish Times called this book "a riveting, intelligent and scrupulously honest journey through the torment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It runs the gamut of human behaviour, from blood-curdling barbarity to extraordinary generosity; a tour-de-force”. Rowan Somerville was born in London in 1966 and studied Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He has worked in film, television and radio. He is the author of two additional novels, 'The End of Sleep', shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and 'The Shape of Her' (2010). Get the book here: Moderated by Karoline O'Sullivan.

4 days ago

Subhi: "My Bollywood Jazz: The Beauty of Not Having a Plan" | Talks at Google

Subhi, an Indian-American singer, songwriter, and musician, shares how her journey to Bollywood took a turn towards the Chicago Jazz scene; how her songs were created during her travels between Mumbai & Chicago; and how this all led to an “accidental” album, Shaitaan Dil (Naughty Heart) which was co-presented by The Jazz Institute of Chicago. Learn more about Subhi:

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Ji: "Behind the Scenes of a Concert Pianist" | Talks at Google

Ji is the youngest musician to win the New York Philharmonic Young Artists Competition at just 10 years of age. Ji went on to claim the First Prize in the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Ji came to international attention before a televised audience of millions in the highly unconventional Android® commercial that premiered during the 2016 Grammy® Awards. His ‘monotune’ performance of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on dual pianos was so compelling that People Magazine declared Ji “the real star of the Grammys”. Ji has recorded two CDs: Bach Exhibition on the Credia label, and Lisztomania with Credia/Universal Music. He graduated from the Juilliard School, and is based in Brooklyn. While Ji is in his home town for creative collaborations with various artists in Korea, he sat down with Googlers to talk about his inspirations, motivations to his musical journeys, and what it is like to be a concert pianist, who continuously interprets and articulates musical pieces that are centuries apart. More information about Ji and his performances here: Moderated by Alex HK Chung.

5 days ago

Dolly Chugh: "The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias" | Talks at Google

An inspiring guide from Dolly Chugh, an award-winning social psychologist at the New York University Stern School of Business, on how to confront difficult issues including sexism, racism, inequality, and injustice so that you can make the world (and yourself) better. Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. But how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? The Person You Mean to Be is the smart, "semi-bold" person’s guide to fighting for what you believe in. Dolly reveals the surprising causes of inequality, grounded in the "psychology of good people". Using her research findings in unconscious bias as well as work across psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and other disciplines, she offers practical tools to respectfully and effectively talk politics with family, to be a better colleague to people who don’t look like you, and to avoid being a well-intentioned barrier to equality. Being the person we mean to be starts with a look at ourselves. She argues that the only way to be on the right side of history is to be a good-ish— rather than good—person. Good-ish people are always growing. Second, she helps you find your "ordinary privilege"—the part of your everyday identity you take for granted, such as race for a white person, sexual orientation for a straight person, gender for a man, or education for a college graduate. This part of your identity may bring blind spots, but it is your best tool for influencing change. Third, Dolly introduces the psychological reasons that make it hard for us to see the bias in and around us. She leads you from willful ignorance to willful awareness. Finally, she guides you on how, when, and whom, to engage (and not engage) in your workplaces, homes, and communities. Her science-based approach is a method any of us can put to use in all parts of our life. Whether you are a long-time activist or new to the fight, you can start from where you are. Through the compelling stories Dolly shares and the surprising science she reports, Dolly guides each of us closer to being the person we mean to be. Get the book here: Moderated by Brian Welle, Director, People Analytics & Perf Management.

6 days ago

Mark Thompson: "Creating a Life that Matters: Discovering Your True [...]" | Talks at Google

How do you find success that is lasting, meaningful and rewarding in your life and work? In a global Wharton and Stanford research study across 110 nations, Executive Coach and New York Times Bestselling author Mark Thompson surveyed high achievers who’ve had strong impact in their field for 20 years or more: Pulitzer Prize, Academy, and Tony Award winners; Olympians; self-made billionaires; and Nobel laureates, from Nelson Mandela to the Dalai Lama. He was surprised to discover six factors that defied the dictionary definition of success. During this special talk, Mark Thompson reveals the results of his research and demonstrates how you can apply these principles to your everyday life and work. Learn more about Mark's work: Get the book:

1 week ago

Dr. Natalie Starkey: "Catching Stardust: Comets, Asteroids, and the Birth [...]" | Talks at Google

Dr. Natalie Starkey, geologist and cosmochemist, and former JPL engineer and current Googler Scott Maxwell engage in delightful repartee about her new book, Catching Stardust: Comets, Asteroids, and the Birth of the Solar System. By inspecting samples brought back by the NASA Stardust and JAXA Hayabusa space missions, she has unlocked some of the secrets of the origin of our solar system, while also giving us ideas for potential future uses for these space objects. From the destruction of the dinosaurs to Hollywood’s biggest hit movies, comets and asteroids have been a big part of Earth’s history and will continue to be part of our future. Learn how scientists are using the information unlocked from the samples gleaned from passing comets and bits of asteroids to guard against one of these objects hitting our planet some day -- which, depending on the size of the object, could devastate us as it did the dinosaurs. This talk will take you to the edges of the Solar System -- and to the edge of your seats -- as you learn about all of the fantastic scientific insights we’ve gained from examining these unassuming rock and ice fragments. Get the book here: Moderated by Scott Maxwell.

1 week ago

Molly Wright Steenson: "Architectural Intelligence: How Designers [...]" | Talks at Google

Molly Wright Steenson is the K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics & Computational Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University & Senior Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine Arts. A designer, writer, and international speaker, she is the author of Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press, 2017), which traces the radical history of AI’s impact on design and architecture, and the co-editor of the forthcoming book Bauhaus Futures (MIT Press, 2019). Molly cut her teeth on the Web in 1994 and has worked at groundbreaking design studios, consultancies, and Fortune 500 companies. She holds a PhD in Architecture from Princeton University and a master’s in architectural history from the Yale School of Architecture. In this talk, Molly Wright Steenson explores the work of four architects in the 1960s and 1970s who incorporated elements of interactivity into their work. Christopher Alexander, Richard Saul Wurman, Cedric Price, and Nicholas Negroponte and the MIT Architecture Machine Group all incorporated technologies—including cybernetics and artificial intelligence—into their work and influenced digital design practices from the late 1980s to the present day.

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Sarah Stein Lubrano: "The School of Life" | Talks at Google

The School of Life is a global organisation dedicated to developing emotional intelligence. It offers a variety of programs and services concerned with how to live wisely and well, from how to find fulfilling work to how to master the art of relationships to how to better understand, and where necessary change, the world. The School of Life for Business division offers programmes designed to build emotional maturity in the workplace through the teaching of 20 core Emotional Skills. In this short intro to Emotional Intelligence in the workplace, Sarah explains what emotional intelligence means, how it can make teams and organisations more creative, collaborative, and productive, and how we can practice key emotional skills on a daily basis. She also demonstrates some useful techniques to help you access and develop your emotional intelligence. Sarah Stein Lubrano began work at The School of Life helping create some of the earliest YouTube videos. She has now found a natural home in the content team, where she combines her love of intellectual ideas, emotional education, and creative media. Find out more:

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Maeve Higgins: "Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else" | Talks at Google

Maeve is an Irish-born, Brooklyn-based comedian and host of the hit podcast "Maeve In America: Immigration IRL." She also co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson's "StarTalk" on National Geographic, and has appeared in Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer." Maeve discusses her new book, "Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else." Maeve focuses on themes of identity and belonging for foreign-born Americans, delivered with her signature brand of wit and wordplay. Get the book:

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Cris Stainbrook: "Indian Land: The Lasting Legacy of Manifest Destiny" | Talks at Google

Cris Stainbrook is the President of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation and a thought leader on the history and future of American Indian lands in the United States. During a visit to Google Mountain View, Cris discusses how our history has shaped U.S. Indian policy and led to the fractured state of Indian land tenure in Indian Country today, and shares a vision for the Indian Land of tomorrow. More information about the Indian Land Tenure Foundation here:

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Peter Kohler & Stefan Leutenegger: "The Plastic Tide: Vision from the Skies" | Talks at Google

Peter Kohler, founder of The Plastic Tide project, and Dr Stefan Leutenegger, Lecturer in Robotics at Imperial College London, discuss how the ocean is under siege from a ever-increasing tide of waste, and how technology like machine learning and drones can help us fix the issue. Threatening not only a vital economic resource worth an estimated $5 trillion a year, but also humanity’s very own life support. The Plastic Tide initiative was started almost two years ago, with the aim of quantifying the problem using drone imagery of UK beaches and beyond: raised awareness and precise data will hopefully drive solutions at societal, political, and technological levels. They have collected a huge database of drone imagery around UK beaches last year, and a prototype algorithm developed already combines a deep-learning based plastic detection scheme in the images with geo-referenced mapping. The speakers will show early results and present related research in the space of localisation, mapping, and drone flight; and furthermore sketch the way forward to limit the plastic tide swamping our oceans. Learn more at

2 weeks ago

Jeremy Sherman: "Neither Ghost nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Selves" | Talks at Google

Researcher Jeremy Sherman poses a huge question still unanswered despite all we've discovered in the physical and life/social sciences: what accounts for the difference between matter and mattering, cause-and-effect chemistry and means-to-ends life? Sherman distills his book Neither Ghost nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Selves, proposing a new solution – organisms prevent their own degeneration. He shows how this prevention could emerge from anything-goes chemistry at the origins of life and suggests implications for computer science. Get the book:

2 weeks ago

Jonathan and Josh Baker: "KIN" | Talks at Google

Director/writers Jonathan and Josh Baker discuss their new film "KIN." About the film: KIN, a pulse-pounding crime thriller with a sci-fi twist, is the story of an unexpected hero destined for greatness. Chased by a vengeful criminal and a gang of otherworldly soldiers,​ a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection. JONATHAN AND JOSH BAKER are Australian born, Los Angeles-based directors. While KIN marks their feature-directing debut, the brothers are established commercial directors; in the advertising world they are known as 'TWIN' and have worked with major brands for the better part of 15 years. They are part of an acclaimed roster of directors at David Fincher's production company RESET. The Bakers have made a name for themselves telling fanciful stories with a grounded and honest flair. Their naturalistic imagery embraces the bizarre and creates a detailed world that’s often both beautiful and imaginative. Event moderated by Moderated by Sarah Stefaniu.

2 weeks ago

Alex Guarnaschelli: "The Home Chef: Recipes to Know By Heart" | Talks at Google

Alex Guarnaschelli’s second cookbook, "The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart", is a compendium of the indispensable dishes that she feels should be in every cook’s repertoire, for every occasion and every palate. The chapters and recipes of The Home Cook are inspired by the food of Alex’s childhood, her own travels and experience as a mother as well as her many years spent as a chef in world-renowned kitchens. A delight to read, The Home Cook is a must-have resource that will become the most-reached-for book on the shelves of home cooks everywhere. Moderated by Charity Worrell. Get the book:

2 weeks ago

Mark Miller, Lucas Conley: "Legacy In The Making: Building a Long-Term [...]" | Talks at Google

The average lifespan of companies is shrinking rapidly - 15 years today, compared to 67 years nearly 100 years ago. By 2027, 75% of today's S&P 500 firms will be replaced by new firms. In an age when your car can outlive the company you bought it from, are lasting brands relics of the past? Mark Miller, founder of The Legacy Lab, and Lucas Conley, the author of Obsessive Branding Disorder, visit Google LAX to offer a provocative and counter-intuitive argument: in an always-on world that increasingly values overnight success, instant gratification and hyperactive short-term thinking, it is the leaders with long-term ambitions who will get ahead and make their mark. Miller and Conley share stories from legacy-minded brand leaders they met with during the creation of their book, Legacy In the Making: Building a Long-Term Brand in a Short-Term World. Get the book:

2 weeks ago

Bruce J. Flatt "Durable Principles for Real Asset Investing" | Talks at Google

In this talk, Bruce Flatt, CEO of Brookfield Asset Management, shares his journey, the challenges faced by Brookfield over the decades, key ideas that have shaped it's philosophy for successful investing and principles for enduring through times good and bad. Brookfield Asset management is a leading global alternative asset manager and a global value investor with a focus on the real asset sectors of real estate, renewable power and infrastructure. Moderated by Pranesh Srinivasan.

2 weeks ago

Claudia Yanez, Danny Burgos, Mike Scaglione, Clay Ostwald: "On Your Feet" | Talks at Google

On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history. Please join us as we welcome cast members from the US Tour of On Your Feet! to our office. We are joined by Clay Ostwald (Music Director, Miami Sound Machine), Claudia Yanez (Rebecca), Danny Burgos (Ensemble), and Mike Scaglione (OYF Saxophone, Miami Sound Machine). More about the show and the story here:

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