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20 Really Cool Google Features You Probably Don’t Know About

20 Really Cool Google Features You Probably Don’t Know About

Google is more than just a search engine. Yes, you already know Google owns Youtube, and all about Google Glass…but how many of Google’s interesting and underutilized features do you know about? Google has a bunch of extras ranging from useful learning tools to simple fun.

Some of the awesome things you can do with Google include:

Set a timer

timer

    Explore Mars

    mars

      To take a virtual flight through Google Earth, press CTRL + Alt + A

      google-earth

        Get a bunch of resources on anything in one page

        one page

          Find new, free fonts

          fonts

            Plan your wedding

            wedding

              Learn how to pronounce long numbers

              numbers

                Search flights and avoid airline websites

                flights

                  Hand-write characters you can’t type to translate

                  hand write

                    Build stuff with LEGO

                    lego

                      Explore beyond our galaxy

                      galaxy

                        Have Google fetch your info

                        info

                          Learn some geography trivia

                          geo

                            Play Atari Breakout

                            breakout

                              Compare the popularity of words through history

                              words

                                Ask for reminders for things you search with Google Now

                                reminders

                                  Look at high resolution pictures of famous art

                                  hd

                                    To open a task manager specifically for Chrome, press Shift + Esc

                                    task

                                      Always know how long the drive is with Google Now

                                      drive

                                        …and never forget where you parked

                                        park

                                          Featured photo credit: PageRank/Google Inc. via velocityagency.com

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                                          Last Updated on December 18, 2020

                                          Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

                                          Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

                                          Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

                                          Does technology have all the answers?

                                          This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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                                          Creating technological solutions transparently

                                          This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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                                          Technology as the connecting tool

                                          Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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                                          “Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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