Was Persönliches über mich

Mit der Hilfe von Gert Lanser und Lazar Muschailov, zwei Freunden, die glücklicherweise auch noch Profis im Bereich Graphik und Web-Layout sind, habe ich kürzlich meine neue Homepage online gestellt. Dort gibt es einen Menüpunkt “über mich” und das brachte mich auf die Idee, hierzu textlich mal ein wenig auszuholen. 

Ich bin 1962 im niederösterreichischen Mostviertel in Waidhofen an der Ybbs geboren, der Region aus der meine Mutter stammt. Die Familie meines Vaters kommt aus dem Böhmerwald. Sie wurden als Österreicher nach dem Krieg ausgewiesen und mussten ihre Heimat mit ein paar Habseligkeiten verlassen.
Wehrgraben


Aufgewachsen bin ich in Steyr, mitten im Wehrgraben, umgeben von gleich drei Armen des namensgebenden Flusses. Ich bin ein Kind der Kreisky-Ära und hatte als erster in unserer Familie das Privileg, ein Gymnasium zu besuchen. Nach der Matura begann ich in Wien zu studieren. Zunächst Informatik, das ich jedoch bald wieder sein ließ, weil ich dort nicht das Programmieren lernte, wie ich mir erhofft hatte, sondern eine mühsame theoretische Art der Mathematik, die mir staubtrocken erschien.

Schon immer interessierte ich mich brennend für Kino, Literatur und Journalismus. Nach dem Zivildienst begann ich an der Universität Wien ein Studium der Publizistik und Politikwissenschaften. In den Sommermonaten arbeitete ich als Volontär bei der traditionsreichen „Arbeiter-Zeitung“. Nebenher verdiente ich meine ersten Honorare als Sportjournalist beim „OÖ – Tagblatt“.

Meine erste Anstellung verdanke ich dem österreichischen Zeitungszaren, Milliardär, Gründer der „Kronen-Zeitung“, langjährigen Dichand-Feind und Herausgeber der „Ganzen Woche“, Kurt Falk. Es waren wilde und interessante sieben Jahre, in denen ich das Journalistenhandwerk als Mitarbeiter in beinahe allen Ressorts (außer Politik) von der Pike auf lernte, die letzten beiden Jahre als Mitglied der Chefredaktion. Während dieser Jahre interessierte ich mich bereits immer mehr für Wissenschaft und Medizin.

Christian Skalnik, ein Freund aus Studienzeiten hatte sich – gemeinsam mit Kurt Langbein, dem Mitautor des Bestsellers „Bittere Pillen“ – selbstständig gemacht und ein auf hoch qualitativen Wissenschaftsjournalismus spezialisiertes Redaktionsbüro gegründet. Als ich 1997 dorthin wechselte, war ich gleich auch mitten drin bei der Gestaltung von Dokumentarfilmen. Speziell mit Kurt Langbein habe ich seither eng zusammengearbeitet und einige Bücher sowie zahlreiche Filme mit ihm gemacht.

Seit 1999 bin ich selbstständig und habe einen Gewerbeschein für Filmproduktion.

Nebenher absolvierte ich an der Universität Wien einen über zwei Semester laufenden Kurs für Evidenzbasierte Medizin, der für fertige Mediziner angeboten wurde. Als Chefredakteur des Medizin-Portals „Surfmed“, das Redaktionsbüros in Wien und Köln betrieb, bekam ich von der Lehrgangsleitung aber eine Sondergenehmigung, daran als Nicht-Mediziner teilzunehmen.

Ich arbeitete vermehrt auch außerhalb des Redaktionsbüros von Langbein & Partner (Christian Skalnik war mittlerweile ausgestiegen) und schrieb einige Sachbücher für deutsche Verlage (Piper, Hoffmann & Campe, Lübbe).

Ab 2011 hatte ich Pläne, ein kritisches Buch über die Herstellung und den Einsatz von Aluminium zu schreiben. Trotz heftiger Bemühungen meines deutschen Agenten erhielt ich von allen großen Verlagen Absagen. Das Thema schien ihnen, wie mir mitgeteilt wurde, als zu polarisierend. Schließlich lernte ich Gottfried Ennsthaler kennen, einen ebenso eigenwilligen wie charakterfesten Verleger, der keine Scheu vor heißen Themen hat. Sein Sohn Christoph setzt mittlerweile diese Tradition fort und ich habe seither alle meine aktuellen Bücher im Verlag Ennsthaler veröffentlicht.

Als berufliche Meilensteine möchte ich drei Themenbereiche anführen, die ich mit meiner journalistischen Arbeit beeinflusst habe:

Übergabe von 300.000
Unterschriften an Heinz Fischer



  1. Im Jahr 1992 habe ich mehrere Monate durchgängig nach Stall gerochen. Ich recherchierte eine Serie zu den „Qualen unserer Nutztiere“ und beschrieb anschließend über 57 Folgen jeweils auf Doppelseite in der von Kurt Falk neu gegründeten Tageszeitung „Täglich Alles“, welche Zustände in der landwirtschaftlichen Tierhaltung damals herrschten. Dafür sind wir nachts in Tierfabriken eingestiegen, haben elende Kälber in Isolationshaft, Muttersäue, die sich nicht bewegen konnten und fünfstöckige Käfig-Batterien mit 70.000 Hühnern pro Halle porträtiert. Wir sammelten im Lauf der Berichterstattung insgesamt mehr als 300.000 Unterschriften für ein neues strenges Tierschutzgesetz und gaben den entscheidenden Anstoß für den Einstieg der Supermärkte in die Bio-Landwirtschaft. „Wenn bereits der Boulevard sich an diese Themen herantraut“, sagte der Bio-Pionier Werner Lampert, der damals für die Supermarktkette Billa an der Entwicklung der Marke „ja! Natürlich“ arbeitete, „dann ist die Zeit reif, das auch wir in die Bio-Landwirtschaft einsteigen.”
  2. Profil-Cover Transfette
  3. Im Zuge einer Recherche zur Relevanz der Cholesterin-Hysterie stieß ich auf das Thema Transfette. Die Resultate aktueller Studien wiesen darauf hin, dass diese billigen Industriefette, die künstlich aus Mais oder Sonnenblumen erzeugt wurden, ein deutlich höheres Gesundheitsrisiko darstellten, als das so verteufelte Cholesterin. Millionen von Menschen sind wegen der „herzgesunden“ transfettverseuchten Margarinen, Frittieröle und Back-Zusätze an Herzkrankheiten gestorben. Ich kontaktierte dänische Experten, die als erste in der EU hier eine kritische Haltung einnahmen und schrieb mehrere Titelgeschichten für das österreichische Nachrichtenmagazin „Profil“. Das Thema schlug richtig ein und wurde auch von anderen Medien übernommen. Schließlich kontaktierte mich eine Abordnung von McDonalds. Wir trafen uns an einer Autobahn-Raststätte und sie präsentierten mir die Pläne, exklusiv für Österreich künftig transfett-freie Frittier-Öle einzusetzen. Bald war Österreich – nach Dänemark – das zweite Land der EU, das hier gesetzliche Regelungen einführte. Mittlerweile sind Transfette in den meisten Ländern weltweit streng reglementiert. 
  4. Bevor mein Buch „Dirty Little Secret“ und der darauf aufbauende Dokumentarfilm „Die Akte Aluminium“ erschien, musste man in Drogerieläden lange suchen, um ein Deo ohne Zusatz von Aluminiumverbindungen zu bekommen. Heute ist es beinahe umgekehrt. Nur noch vereinzelt finden sich die toxischen Zusätze in Deos, weil sich herumgesprochen hat, dass Aluminium das Risiko von Brustkrebs, Alzheimer und vielen anderen Krankheiten erhöhen kann. Ich trete vehement dafür ein, die Wissenschaft nicht den Lobbys zu überlassen. Unsere Gesellschaft muss es sich leisten, für ihre Bevölkerung eine strenge Kontrolle der Produkte der Lebensmittel-, Kosmetik- und Pharmaindustrie durchzusetzen. Diese Arbeit ist noch lange nicht beendet, denn es bestehen in der Wissenschaft Tabus und blinde Flecken, die Außenstehende nicht für möglich halten würden. Speziell das Impfwesen, ein besonders sensibler Bereich der Vorsorgemedizin, ist durchsetzt von solchen Tabus. Mit meiner Arbeit möchte ich dazu beitragen, auch hier eine längst fällige öffentliche Diskussion zu entfachen und das Impfen in den Bereich einer „normalen Wissenschaft“ zurück zu holen. Nur dort, wo der Austausch kritischer Argumente gepflegt wird, ist Innovation möglich. Und dies will ich mit meiner Art von journalistischem Zugang fördern.
Liesl und Bert Ehgartner

Privat bin ich ein Familienmensch. Ich bin verheiratet mit Liesl Ehgartner, die als Pikler-Pädagogin in meiner Umgebung allseits bekannt ist. Wir sind seit 1989 ein Paar und haben sechs Kinder – die jüngsten drei davon gemeinsam. Ich betreibe gerne Sport, gehe Wandern, liebe das Tarockspiel und viele andere Spiele, bin Fußballfan und in unserem Haushalt für das Kochen zuständig. Wir leben in der Nähe von Neulengbach am Rand des Wienerwaldes – ziemlich genau zwischen Wien und St. Pölten.

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BIO INSPIRED (BID) 1/6th scale MAGIC KNIGHTS Series PORTHOS the LANCER

We will never grow tired of knights. Although a knight is a person granted an honorary title of knighthood by a monarch or other political leader for service to the monarch or country, especially in a military capacity, historically, in Europe, knighthood was conferred upon mounted warriors.

Knights were expected, above all, to fight bravely and to display military professionalism and courtesy. Ramon Llull’s Book of the Order of Chivalry (1275) demonstrates that by the end of the 13th century, chivalry entailed a litany of very specific duties, including riding warhorses, jousting, attending tournaments, holding Round Tables and hunting, as well as aspiring to the more æthereal virtues of “faith, hope, charity, justice, strength, moderation and loyalty.”

BIO INSPIRED (BID) NO.BFB002 1/6th scale MAGIC KNIGHTS Series PORTHOS the LANCER Parts list: 1/6th scale Head sculpt, 12-inch figure Body 6 hand replacements (2 holding hands + 2 open silver hands + 2 holding silver hands). Clothing / costume: Blue long sleeved shirt, Blue pants, Chain armour, Silver helmet, Silver plate armour, Silver arm armour, Silver leg armour, Silver shoes, Blue skirt, Leather belt with lion head. Weapons: lance, lion head shield. Note: Authentic leather; 80% material are metal

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Looking Back Before Looking Ahead

Each year I start my blog posts with a look back at previous predictions and then forward with ones for the new year.  2018 has great potential for all involved and I am excited for all that is coming down the pike.  I’ll hit more on the year ahead next week.  For now let’s look back.

In January of 2017, I made the following predictions- lets see how I did…

#1- More Unitized- Honestly I think I nailed this.  Unitized is the hottest segment on the framing side and not cooling off soon.  (Speaking of Unitized, get to BEC, a great discussion is scheduled on this subject there.)

#2- Net Zero growth- I am going to say I got this ½ right.  It grew but not nearly as much as I thought.  I am bummed that more structures continue to fall for the folly that is LEED and not NetZero.

#3- Security, Again- I predicted in 2016 and was wrong.  I brought it back in 2017 and was wrong again.  It just did not take off like I expected.  I am half tempted to put it on the 2018 list again.  It’s going to happen.  Some day.

#4- Deals and Acquisitions- I think this was an easy win thanks to Apogee buying EFCO along with some other smaller but still important deals.

#5- A new social push- I got this one wrong.  Maybe because the industry is so busy the advancement on the social media world was light- or maybe we are really an old school industry.  Either way, the big push was not there.

So in the end I think I did ok- but I am determined to get them all correct in 2018!  Check back next week for my trends and predictions post for the year ahead…

Elsewhere….

–  Before we get too deep into January its time for my monthly Glass Magazine review… the December issue with the amazing picture of the team from Giroux Glass in LA handling some seriously heavy materials.  The overall theme of this excellent issue was handling and safety.  Those are HUGE subjects that affect us all, so very worthwhile reading inside.  There were some seriously good HR resources in there.  Please check out Katy Devlin’s piece at the front of the magazine on a ”near miss” – a very meaningful and helpful article and my heart was beating way too fast during the start of it.   In addition one of my pet issues, the OSHA Silica Rules are covered as well.  All in all if you are not reading these issues you are missing out…

–  Ad of the Month is going to double as a plea from me.  The ad for BEC in March with keynote speaker Jeff Havens gets my nod.  The ad is delivering a message on the generational workplace and it does it quite effectively- and quite frankly BEC is the event that you need to be at to continue to stay ahead the trends while keeping your network strong.  If you are doing BEC in the Spring and GlassBuild in the Fall you are doing it right.  In any case, nice ad on the speaker and what he’ll cover and if you want to learn more and then register for BEC- click here.
–  The NGA-GANA combination continues to proceed.  If you are a GANA member and have not voted, please do so.  There is still time and it is worth the few minutes to do so.  As I have stated here previously I believe this deal is a very good one and I am excited about what is next.  Also if you are a NGA member I believe you have a vote to handle as well.  So folks get to the ballot boxes!

–  It was a big week for fellow Glass Magazine blogger Gareth Francey of Bohle America.  He and Bohle purchased the shower door hardware manufacturer Portals.  Exciting deal for both sides and I am happy for Gareth and team as they continue to grow in the space.  So far all of the deals announced in 2018 are looking very promising for both the folks involved and segments they serve.

–  Last… Congrats to my friend Lewis McAllister of Coral Glass on his Crimson Tide winning the National Title.  I don’t know anyone else who lives for Alabama football like Lewis, so I am thrilled for him.  ROLL TIDE!

LINKS of the WEEK

The internet can be a scary and stupid place.  Like the latest trend, easting laundry detergent pods.  Unreal how dumb.
Speaking of flying between Atlanta’s power outage and JFK’s water main break, it has not been a good run for major airports lately.

VIDEO of the WEEK

This is a find… a guy in Russia reviewing old McDonald’s gadgets to see how they work….

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Easy & Simple 1/6th scale Z.E.R.T. Joint Task Force Assaulter "Charlie" 12-inch action figure

Pre-order EASY & SIMPLE Z.E.R.T. (ZOMBIE ERADICATION RESPONSE TEAM) Joint Task Force Assaulter “Charlie” 1/6 Scale Figure from BBTS – link HERE

The Z.E.R.T. Joint Task Force Assaulter figure from Easy & Simple is a highly articulated figure that features a lifelike head sculpt and comes armed with a wide array of weapons and accessories.

Easy & Simple 1/6th scale Z.E.R.T. Joint Task Force Assaulter “Charlie” 12-inch action figure will come with L9 Combat Shirt, L9 Combat Pants, Shirt, Tactical Neck Gaiter, 0612A Rigger’s Belt, Cobra Duty Belt, Z.E.R.T Logo Frame Plate Vest, Z.E.R.T Plates, Gear Retention Track and Mag Holders, Triple 40mm Grenade Pouch, Scorpion Softshell Rifle Mag Pouch, Scorpion Softshell Pistol Mag Pouch, Horizontal MBITR PRC 148 Pouch, Black Camo Rucksack, 5.56mm Low Profile Assault Rifle, 1×38 Sealed Reflex Sight, XTM Hand Guard, MBUS Iron Sights, DBAL A3 Indicator, LA5-PEQ Indicator, WMX 200 Light, Side Mounted Bipod, 30rd Pmag Magazines, 30rd Steel Magazines, 60rd 5.56mm Ammo Drum, Tactical Sling, Tactical War Bungee, M320 40mm Grenade Launcher, M40GL Grenade Launcher Holographic Sight, 40mm HE Grenades, G34 9mm Pistol, XST RTI Pistol Holster, Holster Adaptor, Pistol Magazines, Pistol Mag Cap, Exfil Carbon Helmet, NVG Shroud, Dual Power NVG Mount, GPNVG-18( AVS Version), Remote Battery, X300 Tactical Light, Factory Pilot Tactical Gloves, Forces Speedcross 3 Boots, Headset System & QuitePro PTT, PRC-148 Radio, Tactical Tourniquet, Carabineers, MS2000 Strobe, LEAF Tactical Kneepad, Tactical Elbow Pad, Incendiary Grenade, M-67 Frag Grenade, M-84 Stun Greande, Tactical Scissors, Light Sticks, G-Watch, Patches

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Related posts:
Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) 1:6 scale Jameson Deathridge 12-inch Action Figure Review posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE
Review of Easy & Simple (E&S) 1/6th scale Zombie Survivor set (Brad Pitt in World War Z) posted HERE and HERE

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The Google Brain Team — Looking Back on 2017 (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow, on behalf of the entire Google Brain Team

The Google Brain team works to advance the state of the art in artificial intelligence by research and systems engineering, as one part of the overall Google AI effort. In Part 1 of this blog post, we shared some of our work in 2017 related to our broader research, from designing new machine learning algorithms and techniques to understanding them, as well as sharing data, software, and hardware with the community. In this post, we’ll dive into the research we do in some specific domains such as healthcare, robotics, creativity, fairness and inclusion, as well as share a little more about us.

Healthcare
We feel there is enormous potential for the application of machine learning techniques to healthcare. We are doing work across many different kinds of problems, including assisting pathologists in detecting cancer, understanding medical conversations to assist doctors and patients, and using machine learning to tackle a wide variety of problems in genomics, including an open-source release of a highly accurate variant calling system based on deep learning.

A lymph node biopsy, where our algorithm correctly identifies the tumor and not the benign macrophage.

We have continued our work on early detection of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and macular edema, building on the research paper we published December 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). In 2017, we moved this project from research project to actual clinical impact. We partnered with Verily (a life sciences company within Alphabet) to guide this work through the regulatory process, and together we are incorporating this technology into Nikon’s line of Optos ophthalmology cameras. In addition, we are working to deploy this system in India, where there is a shortage of 127,000 eye doctors and as a result, almost half of patients are diagnosed too late — after the disease has already caused vision loss. As a part of a pilot, we’ve launched this system to help graders at Aravind Eye Hospitals to better diagnose diabetic eye disease. We are also working with our partners to understand the human factors affecting diabetic eye care, from ethnographic studies of patients and healthcare providers, to investigations on how eye care clinicians interact with the AI-enabled system.

First patient screened (top) and Iniya Paramasivam, a trained grader, viewing the output of the system (bottom).

We have also teamed up with researchers at leading healthcare organizations and medical centers including Stanford, UCSF, and University of Chicago to demonstrate the effectiveness of using machine learning to predict medical outcomes from de-identified medical records (i.e. given the current state of a patient, we believe we can predict the future for a patient by learning from millions of other patients’ journeys, as a way of helping healthcare professionals make better decisions). We’re very excited about this avenue of work and we look to forward to telling you more about it in 2018.

Robotics
Our long-term goal in robotics is to design learning algorithms to allow robots to operate in messy, real-world environments and to quickly acquire new skills and capabilities via learning, rather than the carefully-controlled conditions and the small set of hand-programmed tasks that characterize today’s robots. One thrust of our research is on developing techniques for physical robots to use their own experience and those of other robots to build new skills and capabilities, pooling the shared experiences in order to learn collectively. We are also exploring ways in which we can combine computer-based simulations of robotic tasks with physical robotic experience to learn new tasks more rapidly. While the physics of the simulator don’t entirely match up with the real world, we have observed that for robotics, simulated experience plus a small amount of real-world experience gives significantly better results than even large amounts of real-world experience on its own.

In addition to real-world robotic experience and simulated robotic environments, we have developed robotic learning algorithms that can learn by observing human demonstrations of desired behaviors, and believe that this imitation learning approach is a highly promising way of imparting new abilities to robots very quickly, without explicit programming or even explicit specification of the goal of an activity. For example, below is a video of a robot learning to pour from a cup in just 15 minutes of real world experience by observing humans performing this task from different viewpoints and then trying to imitate the behavior. As we might be with our own three-year-old child, we’re encouraged that it only spills a little!

We also co-organized and hosted the first occurrence of the new Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL) in November to bring together researchers working at the intersection of machine learning and robotics. The summary of the event contains more information, and we look forward to next year’s occurrence of the conference in Zürich.

Basic Science
We are also excited about the long term potential of using machine learning to help solve important problems in science. Last year, we utilized neural networks for predicting molecular properties in quantum chemistry, finding new exoplanets in astronomical datasets, earthquake aftershock prediction, and used deep learning to guide automated proof systems.

A Message Passing Neural Network predicts quantum properties of an organic molecule
Finding a new exoplanet: observing brightness of stars when planets block their light. 

Creativity
We’re very interested in how to leverage machine learning as a tool to assist people in creative endeavors. This year, we created an AI piano duet tool, helped YouTube musician Andrew Huang create new music (see also the behind the scenes video with Nat & Friends), and showed how to teach machines to draw.

A garden drawn by the SketchRNN model; an interactive demo is available.

We also demonstrated how to control deep generative models running in the browser to create new music. This work won the NIPS 2017 Best Demo Award, making this the second year in a row that members of the Brain team’s Magenta project have won this award, following on our receipt of the NIPS 2016 Best Demo Award for Interactive musical improvisation with Magenta. In the YouTube video below, you can listen to one part of the demo, the MusicVAE variational autoencoder model morphing smoothly from one melody to another.

People + AI Research (PAIR) Initiative
Advances in machine learning offer entirely new possibilities for how people might interact with computers. At the same time, it’s critical to make sure that society can broadly benefit from the technology we’re building. We see these opportunities and challenges as an urgent matter, and teamed up with a number of people throughout Google to create the People + AI Research (PAIR) initiative.

PAIR’s goal is to study and design the most effective ways for people to interact with AI systems. We kicked off the initiative with a public symposium bringing together academics and practitioners across disciplines ranging from computer science, design, and even art. PAIR works on a wide range of topics, some of which we’ve already mentioned: helping researchers understand ML systems through work on interpretability and expanding the community of developers with deeplearn.js. Another example of our human-centered approach to ML engineering is the launch of Facets, a tool for visualizing and understanding training datasets.

Facets provides insights into your training datasets.

Fairness and Inclusion in Machine Learning
As ML plays an increasing role in technology, considerations of inclusivity and fairness grow in importance. The Brain team and PAIR have been working hard to make progress in these areas. We’ve published on how to avoid discrimination in ML systems via causal reasoning, the importance of geodiversity in open datasets, and posted an analysis of an open dataset to understand diversity and cultural differences. We’ve also been working closely with the Partnership on AI, a cross-industry initiative, to help make sure that fairness and inclusion are promoted as goals for all ML practitioners.

Cultural differences can surface in training data even in objects as “universal” as chairs, as observed in these doodle patterns on the left. The chart on the right shows how we uncovered geo-location biases in standard open source data sets such as ImageNet. Undetected or uncorrected, such biases may strongly influence model behavior.

We made this video in collaboration with our colleagues at Google Creative Lab as a non-technical introduction to some of the issues in this area.

Our Culture
One aspect of our group’s research culture is to empower researchers and engineers to tackle the basic research problems that they view as most important. In September, we posted about our general approach to conducting research. Educating and mentoring young researchers is something we do through our research efforts. Our group hosted over 100 interns last year, and roughly 25% of our research publications in 2017 have intern co-authors. In 2016, we started the Google Brain Residency, a program for mentoring people who wanted to learn to do machine learning research. In the inaugural year (June 2016 to May 2017), 27 residents joined our group, and we posted updates about the first year of the program in halfway through and just after the end highlighting the research accomplishments of the residents. Many of the residents in the first year of the program have stayed on in our group as full-time researchers and research engineers, and most of those that did not have gone on to Ph.D. programs at top machine learning graduate programs like Berkeley, CMU, Stanford, NYU and Toronto. In July, 2017, we also welcomed our second cohort of 35 residents, who will be with us until July, 2018, and they’ve already done some exciting research and published at numerous research venues. We’ve now broadened the program to include many other research groups across Google and renamed it the Google AI Residency program (the application deadline for this year’s program has just passed; look for information about next year’s program at g.co/airesidency/apply).

Our work in 2017 spanned more than we’ve highlighted on in this two-part blog post. We believe in publishing our work in top research venues, and last year our group published 140 papers, including more than 60 at ICLR, ICML, and NIPS. To learn more about our work, you can peruse our research papers.

You can also meet some of our team members in this video, or read our responses to our second Ask Me Anything (AMA) post on r/MachineLearning (and check out the 2016’s AMA, too).

The Google Brain team is becoming more spread out, with team members across North America and Europe. If the work we’re doing sounds interesting and you’d like to join us, you can see our open positions and apply for internships, the AI Residency program, visiting faculty, or full-time research or engineering roles using the links at the bottom of g.co/brain. You can also follow our work throughout 2018 here on the Google Research blog, or on Twitter at @GoogleResearch. You can also follow my personal account at @JeffDean.

Thanks for reading!

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Check out Mezco Toys One:12 Collective 1/12th scale Marvel Iron Man 18cm tall action figure

Pre-order Mezco Toyz Marvel One:12 Collective Iron Man from BBTS – link HERE

Iron Man, the secret identity of Tony Stark, blasts his way into the One:12 Collective. Billionaire inventor and arms manufacturer, Tony Stark, suffers a severe chest injury while being held captive by enemy forces. Stark is forced to build a weapon of mass destruction, but instead creates a powered suit of armor that keeps his damaged heart beating and helps him escape captivity. Later, Stark augments his suit with weapons and other high-tech devices at his company, Stark Industries; and creates the suit to protect the world as Iron Man.

The One:12 Collective Iron Man features a newly sculpted One:12 body specifically created for this figure and is designed with real metal components. His articulated visor can be worn in the standard closed position or opened to reveal the face of billionaire Tony Stark. The figure comes complete with an array of blast effects, as well as gauntlet rockets and hip rockets that can be interchanged with his hip discs. His signature arc reactor, the source of Iron Man’s power, has a light up feature (battery included).

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One:12 Collective Iron Man action figure features: Approximately 18cm tall newly sculpted One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation | head portrait with moveable faceplate to reveal Tony Stark’s face | Hand painted authentic detailing | Six (6) interchangeable hands including: pair of fists, pair of posing hands, pair of blasting / flying hands

Costume: Helmet with magnetic visor that can be worn open or closed, Sculpted body armor, Light-up chest arc reactor (battery included), Metal components including: Upper Torso, Gauntlets, Boots, Toe cap, Upper footplate

Accessories: chest beam, 2 x hand booster effects, 2 x foot booster effects, 2 x repulsor beams, 2 x gauntlet rockets, 2 x hip rocket launchers, One:12 Collective display base with logo, One:12 Collective adjustable display post

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