Alphabet: 2017 Founders’ Letter

Sergey Brin's annual letter this year was heavily focused on AI. It likely doesn't contain anything brand new to you, but I found it to be one of the most concise framings for the current state of computing. A couple of quotes:

The new spring in artificial intelligence is the most significant development in computing in my lifetime. When we started the company, neural networks were a forgotten footnote in computer science; a remnant of the AI winter of the 1980’s. Yet today, this broad brush of technology has found an astounding number of applications.
The Pentium IIs we used in the first year of Google performed about 100 million floating point operations per second. The GPUs we use today perform about 20 trillion such operations — a factor of about 200,000 difference — and our very own TPUs are now capable of 180 trillion (180,000,000,000,000) floating point operations per second.


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