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Making AI work for everyone

Cross-promoted from Google global blog
Posted by Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google
I’ve now been at Google for 13 years, and it’s remarkable how the company’s founding mission of making information universally accessible and useful is as relevant today as it was when I joined. From the start, we’ve looked to solve complex problems using deep computer science and insights, even as the technology around us forces dramatic change.
The most complex problems tend to be ones that affect people’s daily lives, and it’s exciting to see how many people have made Google a part of their day—we’ve just passed 2 billion monthly active Android devices; YouTube has not only 1 billion users but also 1 billion hours of watchtime every day; people find their way along 1 billion kilometers across the planet using Google Maps each day. This growth would have been unthinkable without computing’s shift to mobile, which made us rethink all of our products—reinventing them to reflect new models of interaction like multi-touch screens.
We are now witnessing a new shift in computing: the move from a mobile-first to an AI-first world. And as before, it is forcing us to reimagine our products for a world that allows a more natural, seamless way of interacting with technology. Think about Google Search: it was built on our ability to understand text in webpages. But now, thanks to advances in deep learning, we’re able to make images, photos and videos useful to people in a way they simply haven’t been before. Your camera can “see”; you can speak to your phone and get answers back—speech and vision are becoming as important to computing as the keyboard or multi-touch screens.  
The Assistant is a powerful example of these advances at work. It’s already across 100 million devices, and getting more useful every day. We can now distinguish between different voices in Google Home, making it possible for people to have a more personalized experience when they interact with the device. We are now also in a position to make the smartphone camera a tool to get things done. Google Lens is a set of vision-based computing capabilities that can understand what you’re looking at and help you take action based on that information. If you have crawled down on a friend’s apartment floor to see a long, complicated Wi-Fi password on the back of a router, your phone can now recognize the password, see that you’re trying to log into a Wi-Fi network and automatically log you in. The key thing is, you don’t need to learn anything new to make this work—the interface and the experience can be much more intuitive than, for example, copying and pasting across apps on a smartphone. We’ll first be bringing Google Lens capabilities to the Assistant and Google Photos and you can expect it to make its way to other products as well.
[Warning, geeky stuff ahead!!!]
All of this requires the right computational architecture. Last year at I/O, we announced the first generation of our TPUs, which allow us to run our machine learning algorithms faster and more efficiently. Today we announced our next generation of TPUs—Cloud TPUs, which are optimized for both inference and training and can process a LOT of information. We’ll be bringing Cloud TPUs to the Google Compute Engine so that companies and developers can take advantage of it.
It’s important to us to make these advances work better for everyone—not just for the users of Google products. We believe huge breakthroughs in complex social problems will be possible if scientists and engineers can have better, more powerful computing tools and research at their fingertips. But today, there are too many barriers to making this happen. 
That’s the motivation behind Google.ai, which pulls all our AI initiatives into one effort that can lower these barriers and accelerate how researchers, developers and companies work in this field.
One way we hope to make AI more accessible is by simplifying the creation of machine learning models called neural networks. Today, designing neural nets is extremely time intensive, and requires an expertise that limits its use to a smaller community of scientists and engineers. That’s why we’ve created an approach called AutoML, showing that it’s possible for neural nets to design neural nets. We hope AutoML will take an ability that a few PhDs have today and will make it possible in three to five years for hundreds of thousands of developers to design new neural nets for their particular needs. 
In addition, Google.ai has been teaming Google researchers with scientists and developers to tackle problems across a range of disciplines, with promising results. We’ve used ML to improve the algorithm that detects the spread of breast cancer to adjacent lymph nodes. We've also seen AI make strides in the time and accuracy with which researchers can guess the properties of molecules and even sequence the human genome.
This shift isn’t just about building futuristic devices or conducting cutting-edge research. We also think it can help millions of people today by democratizing access to information and surfacing new opportunities. For example, almost half of U.S. employers say they still have issues filling open positions. Meanwhile, job seekers often don’t know there’s a job opening just around the corner from them, because the nature of job posts—high turnover, low traffic, inconsistency in job titles—have made them hard for search engines to classify. Through a new initiative, Google for Jobs, we hope to connect companies with potential employees, and help job seekers find new opportunities. As part of this effort, we will be launching a new feature in Search in the coming weeks that helps people look for jobs across experience and wage levels—including jobs that have traditionally been much harder to search for and classify, like service and retail jobs. 
It’s inspiring to see how AI is starting to bear fruit that people can actually taste. There is still a long way to go before we are truly an AI-first world, but the more we can work to democratize access to the technology—both in terms of the tools people can use and the way we apply it—the sooner everyone will benefit. 
To read more about the many, many other announcements at Google I/O—for Android, and Photos, and VR, and more, please see our latest stories

Privacy Awareness Week & Consumer Fraud Awareness Week: Learn how you can stay safe and sound online

Trust and transparency are the key themes of Privacy Awareness Week this year, which falls in the same week as Consumer Fraud Awareness Week.  At Google, we place a huge value in being upfront and transparent with our users, and talking about privacy in clear language that everyone can understand.  

But we know that there is no one size fits all approach to protecting user privacy.  Now more than ever, privacy means different things to different people and we want to help our users get comfortable with their relationship with Google.   Key to this level of comfort are the concepts of trust and transparency.

Our goal is to empower users through the information we give them so that they can make informed decisions about their relationship with Google.  In 2015, we introduced a new site at privacy.google.com that answers some of the biggest questions, like: what data does Google collect? And What does Google do with the data it collects?  

We also made users’ settings easier to find, understand, and manage—putting it all together in one place called My Account.  

We continue to innovate on and improve user’s access to and control over their account data.  For example, we are giving users unprecedented transparency through My Activity where you can see and manage the information used by Google services.  By being open and transparent about Google’s data collection and use policies and by giving control to our users over how their data is used, our hope is that our users trust us more.  It’s as simple as that.

But we are also strongly invested in creating safer digital environments where vulnerable members of the community are less likely to fall victim to scams.  We have a dedicated help page that identifies all of the scams purporting to be from Google.  

We also make the web safer from phishing and malware every day with our Safe Browsing warnings in Chrome. Each day we find more than 7,500 unsafe sites, so when you use Google Search, or surf across to an unsafe page using your Chrome browser, we’ll display a warning and encourage you to go elsewhere. We also provide this intel to the Stop Badware coalition, so other service providers can make the web safer, too.

There are also some things you can do to help us keep your data safe and secure. For example, we recommend you take a quick Security Check-Up this week to review your current Google account settings.  You can also visit the Google Safety Centre for more advice about being safe online.

You’ll see a lot of activity this week promoting trust and transparency as part of #PAW2017 and raising awareness of online scams through #FraudWeek2017.   This serves as a strong reminder of how important it is to review your privacy and security settings on the services you use.  Rest assured that Google is committed to these issues and making our services trustworthy and robust every single week of the year.

Announcing Google’s CS4HS recipients for 2017

Equipping and empowering educators to confidently teach digital technologies in the classroom provides students with lifelong skills that enable them to solve problems and develop critical analysis skills.
Google’s Computer Science for High Schools (CS4HS) program has been running in Australia and New Zealand since 2011 and in that time has trained more than 9,000 teachers.
Through hands on professional development workshops the program provides teachers with the skills and resources they need to teach computational thinking and computer science concepts in fun and engaging ways.
The impact of these workshops goes beyond the individual teacher to their whole school and community. Bianca Audet, a primary teacher and assistant principal at Kahibah Public School in NSW, attended her CS4HS Workshop at the University of Newcastle in 2015. Bianca says the workshop helped her “to understand that Computer Science was not as intensive or difficult as I thought and that students would be able to follow some simple initiatives, such as Scratch coding.”

Bianca Audet leading a session at the 2016 University of Newcastle CS4HS Workshop
Bianca returned from the workshop and introduced the materials into her classroom to great success. In 2016 she returned to the CS4HS workshop, not as a student but as a teacher to equip other primary teachers with her expertise and experience of implementing digital technologies at her school with practical tools to enact in the classroom.
Bianca’s CS4HS experience has also had a significant impact on her school, with Kahibah Public now offering dedicated STEM class time with a focus on engineering and robotics for students.
We’re excited to announce the 2017 CS4HS Awards that will continue to inspire and empower teachers like Bianca around Australia and New Zealand.

2017 CS4HS Funding Recipients 

Australian Catholic University
Bentley Park College 
Catholic Schools Office, Lismore
Coding and Innovation Hub
Design and Technology Teachers’ Association
Griffith University
ICT Educators NSW
John Monash Science School
Macquarie University
Pedare Christian College
Regional Development Australia Hunter
Southern Cross University
St Bernard’s Primary Bateman’s Bay
St Columba Anglican School
Swinburne University of Technology
Tasmanian Society for Information Technology in Education
The University of Adelaide
The University of Melbourne
The University of Newcastle
The University of Sydney (MadMaker)
The University of Western Australia
Victoria University

New Zealand 
Auckland University of Technology
The University of Canterbury - Primary Workshop
The University of Canterbury - Secondary Workshop
Victoria University of Wellington

Books and blockchains: new possibilities for digital literature


What could a digital book possibly have to do with Blockchain - the technology behind the crypto-currency Bitcoin? And how can you create a situation where someone can own a book, without paying for it, yet everyone can read it?
These are some of the questions we’ve been asking ourselves as part of Editions At Play - a collaboration between our Creative Lab team in Sydney and the London publisher Visual Editions - which aims to create a space for new, experimental, digital storytelling through the marriage of technology and literature.

Today we’re excited to release two new books which, we hope, will continue to inspire fresh conventions around how we think of books and ‘bookness’, and how authors can work with developers and designers to create new formats of non-linear, dynamic literature.

A Universe Explodes, by Google’s own Tea Uglow, is on one level the story of a parent losing their grip on reality.

On another it is an exploration of the idea of ownership in digital culture, asking whether it is even possible to own a digital artefact in the same way we own a physical book or a CD, and using Blockchain to experiment with new models for owning and exchanging digital goods.


The book is accessible to all, but owned by only a few, and when one owner is ‘finished’ with their version, they dedicate it to a new owner, triggering a change of ownership which is recorded to the Blockchain - a permanent, public database accessible to everyone.
There are 100 ‘versions’ of A Universe Explodes, which each start the same. The first 100 owners receive a personal dedication from Tea, and are then invited to edit the book themselves by removing two words and adding one. They in turn dedicate their version to someone else, creating a ‘daisy book chain’ which gradually gets shorter until there is only one word per page in the book.
You can watch this film or read this post to learn more about the ideas behind the book.

Seed, by British author Joanna Walsh, is the story of a young woman coming of age in the 1980s, digitally growing and decaying around an unmentionable event that every reading will see differently.

The book uses a sprawling digitally-native canvas to steer the reader and employs ‘story vines’ to navigate the narrator’s dark and claustrophobic surroundings - all set inside and around rich, botanical illustrations by Charlotte Hicks.

You can explore more of Seed - a story that blooms, wilts, and grows - in this film.

Happy reading!

Get the best seat in the house and watch Coachella live exclusively on YouTube

When you think of Coachella you think of amazing music artists, thrilling performances and nonstop fun in the middle of the desert. This year’s fest will be bigger than ever and even if you can’t make it to Coachella in person, you don’t have to miss out on a moment of the action.

For the seventh year in a row, YouTube brings you the exclusive Coachella live stream – presented by Optus. This year, select acts will also available in Live 360. Music fans from around the world can tune-in to Coachella's YouTube channel from April 14-16, on any screen (desktop, mobile and living room).

Catch performances from global superstars and the hottest rising talent in the world, including headliners Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead – as well as Aussie acts including The Avalanches, Empire of the Sun and What So Not.

You can choose from three always-on channels as well as a Live 360 Mode that will appear for select performances. Don’t miss any of the shows you’re most excited for by creating a personalized calendar that lets you track all your favorite performances. The livestream channels will automatically change to your favorite artists based on your selection. And if you turn on notifications for artists you subscribe to, you’ll get a note when they go live.

For the first time ever you’ll even get a sneak peek inside the famous underground dance music Yuma tent.  

If you miss one of the big performances, we still have you covered with a video-on-demand hub that will showcase highlights and footage from performers throughout the weekend.

Stay tuned to find out more information about Coachella performances and be sure to subscribe to Coachella's YouTube channel so you’re part of the action!

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Share your trips and real-time location from Google Maps

“Where are you now?” and “What's your ETA?” Whether you’re heading to a party or meeting up for dinner, you probably hear questions like this pretty often from family and friends. Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app. On both Android and iOS, you’ll be able to share your real-time location with anyone. And the people you share with will be able to see your location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop. Here’s how it works in a real-world scenario:

Whenever you want to let someone know where you are, just open the side menu or tap the blue dot that represents where you are. Tap “Share location” and then select who to share with and how long to share—and you're done! You can share your real-time location with your Google contacts, or even share with friends and family by sending a link on your favorite messenger apps. When you’re sharing your location, the people you’ve chosen to share with will see you on their map. And you’ll see an icon above the compass on your own map reminding you that you’re actively sharing your location. You can change your mind and stop sharing at any time — it’s entirely up to you.

Next time you’re on your way or running late, you can share your real-time location and trip progress from navigation as well. During your next trip, tap the “More” button on the bottom on the navigation screen, and then tap “Share trip.” When you share your trip with people, they’ll see your expected arrival time and can follow your journey as you head toward your destination. Sharing automatically ends when you you arrive.

Location sharing on Google Maps is rolling out soon worldwide, and you’ll be able to quickly let your friends and family know where you are and when you’ll get where you’re going. The answer to “where are you?” is only a tap away.

Daniel Resnick, Engineering Manager, Google Maps

Visit Vanuatu on Street View, and journey under the earth’s surface

More than a thousand miles off the coast of Australia is the remote country of Vanuatu, an archipelago of 80 tiny islands – brimming with lush green jungles, pristine black sand beaches, and nine erupting volcanoes.
Starting today in Google Maps, we invite you to join us on a journey to the edge of one of the largest boiling lava lakes in the world on the Vanuatuan island of Ambrym. To get inside the active volcano, we partnered with explorers Geoff Mackley and Chris Horsly, who repelled 400 meters into the Marum crater with a Street View Trekker collecting 360-degree imagery of the journey down to the molten lava lake, which is roughly the size of two football fields. “You only realize how insignificant humans are when you’re standing next to a giant lake of fiery boiling rock. It’s like looking into the surface of the sun,” said Mackley.

“Standing at the edge and feeling the heat lick your skin is phenomenal,” said Chris Horsly after returning from his descent into the crater. “I hope that by putting this place on the map people will realize what a beautiful world we live in.”

Ambrym is defined by the desolate 39 square mile volcanic caldera hosting two active volcanic cones called Benbow and Marum. But the tropical island is also home to more than 7,000 people who live in the rainforest down the mountain.While the volcano has played a significant role in defining their history due to unpredictable eruptions and influence on agriculture and environment, they’ve learned to live in harmony with this beautiful yet deadly natural phenomena.

Chief Moses in the local village of Endu explains, “We believe that the volcanoes Marum and Benbow are devils. If you go up to a volcano you have to be very careful because the two volcanoes could get angry at any time. We believe that Benbo is the husband and Marum is the wife. Sometimes when they don’t agree there’s an eruption which means the spirit is angry so we sacrifice a pig or fawel to the volcano.” As part of the Google Maps journey, Chief Moses of Endu invites you to take a walk through his village and hopes you’ll be inspired to visit this sacred place he calls home. Following Cyclone Pam a few years ago, the country has been rebuilding its infrastructure. Now Chief Moses and his  village are ready to welcome travelers rs back to Vanuatu to experience  its stunning beauty and learn about its cultural traditions. He believes making Vanuatu more accessible to the world is a key step in the island’s recovery and ability to  establish a sustainable economy and preserve its  culture.

In Street View you can wander the streets of 81 countries and visit incredible historical and natural sites around the world like the Samburu National Park in Kenya, The Grand Canyon, or New Zealand’s walking tracks. Today, for the first time, Street View is going beneath the surface and into the heart of the earth—enjoy exploring Vanuatu’s Marum Crater and Endu village at Ambrym.

Posted by Alex Starns, Street View Program Manager

Helping communities shine at Mardi Gras

One of our favourite times of the year at Google is when we get together with our friends at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to help celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion.
At Google we believe that by creating an environment where everyone can feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to their work, they can be more innovative, creative, and inspired at work. We also want our employees to have the same inclusive experience outside of the office as they do at work, and for people to be safe and to be accepted wherever they are, so we look for impactful ways to help the LGBTQI community in Australia.
The Gay Tradies show that day-glo can be appropriate evening wear. Picture: Chris Meier
This year we wanted to take an authentic approach that would promote equality, make a big and lasting impact, and give people a stronger voice, so we helped to fund the Mardi Gras Community Parade Grants program.
This program is designed to provide grants to individuals, community groups and not-for-profit groups to help lift their parade entries to a completely new artistic level.
Salamat Datang, supporting LGBTQI Indonesians. Picture: Chris Meier
This year the organisers received a total of 37 grant applications, more than double the previous year's number, and we awarded grants to 17 non-profit and community organisations:
  • Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group - AISSG is a peer support and advocacy group for people affected by AIS and/or related intersex variations, and their families. Their float hopes to raise the visibility of people with an intersex variation, and that show they are not ashamed, but happily maintaining their identity, their bodies, families and communities, and one another in wholesome support. 
  • Selamat Datang - Supporting LGBTQI Indonesians - Selamat Datang was created to show support for LGBTQI people in Indonesia and their struggle for acceptance in Indonesian society. Selamat Datang helps to fundraise for LGBTQI organisations in Indonesia including safe houses for young GLBTIQ people and fundraising for people living with HIV/Aids in Indonesia.
  • Trans Sydney Pride is a social and support group for binary, non-binary and gender queer transpeople. Picture: Chris Meier 
  • People with Disability Australia - Founded in 1981, People with Disability Australia seeks to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability. We are a non-profit, non-government organisation. With their float PWD want to highlight that Disability Pride and LGBTIAQ Pride are one in the same.
  • Lifesavers with Pride - Lifesavers with Pride are an advocacy group within surf lifesaving. Our role is to be the link between the LGBTQ community and the lifesaving community. They represent their LGBTQ members, by promoting lifesaving as a diverse, welcoming and progressive organisation that supports people of all sexualities.
  • Trans Sydney Pride - TSP is a Sydney based social and support group founded by binary transpeople for binary, non-binary and gender queer transpeople. Their vision for their Parade float is to provide visibility to the trans community and show that they are strong, diverse and beautiful.
  • Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council and Departure Lounge with special guests the Tiwi Island SistaGALS - The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) and Departure Lounge presented 'Territory Stars', a showcase of the unique LGBTQI Community in the Northern Territory and their supporters. Special guests on this float included the Tiwi Island SistaGALS, a group of Trans women who started a crowdfunding campaign last year to attend their first ever Mardi Gras.
  • Psychedelic Love - Is made up of a diverse group of friends, a mixture of LGBT and family and friends and supporters who wanted their float to celebrate their love for one another and for the community in which they live.
Sydney Women's AFL showing their true colours. Picture: Chris Meier
  • Sydney Women’s AFL - With women's teams from across all states and territories, Sydney Women’s AFL is made up of a mixture of straight, gay, trans, Muslim, Catholic, Christian participants who all support each other for who they are. The group took to the streets to show that their is no place for discrimination in sport. There is no place for discrimination in life.
  • The Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists - GLADD are an open LGBTQI friendly group of Doctors, Dentists, and allied healthcare workers - who organise a parade entry for Mardi Gras each year as well as other community events such as socials and wine tours throughout the year.
  • Wett Ones Sydney Swim Team - The LGBTQI Masters Swimming Club walked the Parade to celebrate their diverse membership of different sexualities, genders, ages. They hoped to demonstrate that although their members come in all shapes and sizes they are united as a team and that everyone is given an equal playing field (or swimming pool).
  • Inner City Legal Centre - ICLC has been providing free legal services for people in the inner city area for thirty-five years. The Centre provides a range of free legal services to people in the Sydney. Their float communicated the support of the community legal centre sector for LGBTQI justice and its continuing campaign for creating equality.
  • DAYENU – Sydney’s Jewish GLBTI Group - Dayenu has been running for 16 years and had their first Mardi Gras float in 2000. Their message this year went out to the gay community to promote diversity and religious tolerance.
  • Gay Tradies - This group is made up of gay trades and their friends and supporters. They hoped their float will highlight that there are LGBTQI people everywhere, including the trades and services industry.
Oceania Rainbow's mission is to create safe spaces and support for LGBTIQ Pacific Islanders. Picture: Chris Meier
  • Oceania Rainbow - This group’s mission is to create safe spaces and support networks for young Pacific Islander LGBTIQ in Sydney. With their float they hoped to increase their visibility in the community as Pacific People who are proud of identities.
  • Flourish Australia - Flourish Australia supports people on their mental health recovery journey and helps to reconnect with the community to live a contributing life. By participating in the Parade, they hoped to show their support to the community and deliver the message that everyone has the freedom to Flourish in their own way.
  • Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club - Different Strokes is a Sydney-based dragon boat club that was formed in 2008, with the aim of providing a social and fitness-focused sporting outlet for the LGBTQ community. With their float design they want to show a future where creating equality is not a question, but a reality. 
Words can't describe how breathtaking it is to witness the enormous diversity of groups that make Sydney Mardi Gras so special, and it was fabulous for everyone at Google to be able to make a difference to their participation this year.

The She Word: Tea Uglow, a "pebble in the landslide"

Cross promoted from Google's global blog.
Photo credit: Tea’s friend Christopher Phillips.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the powerful, dynamic and creative women of Google. Like generations before them, these women break down barriers and defy expectations at work and in their communities. Over the course of the month, we’ll help you get to know a few of these Google women, and share a bit about who they are and why they inspire us.  

In our second installment of the “She Word” series, we hear from Tea Uglow, a creative director in Sydney, Australia who is known for her love of coffee (but not tea), and for grabbing a “quick flat white and a chat.”

You’re at a dinner party and someone asks what you do. How do you explain your job to them?

Ha! I just do it really badly. I am part of Google’s Creative Lab, a team of designers, writers, developers and filmmakers who combine tech and art to tell interesting stories about Google. We’re the types of people who constantly think about how to push ourselves beyond the notion what is possible and practical. We create unconventional projects to connect technology to culture, and shape new perspectives of Google’s brand.

Why are you proud to be a woman at Google?

Mainly because Google is proud of its women. Our commitment to equality and diversity has been persistent and committed. Most of all I feel proud to be a woman at Google because of the respect and understanding I've received since I came out as transgender, and during my transition.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I quite like doing nothing. I think it is a massively underrated pastime. I also like to potter and/or pootle.

What do you hope to accomplish on behalf of women everywhere?

To be a pebble in the landslide. (A pebble with demonstrable impact and effectiveness).

If you could take a selfie with anyone, who would it be?

I would totally selfie with Hilary Mantel or Neal Stephenson, two of my favorite writers.

What advice would you give to women starting out in their careers?

My advice, that I give again and again, is that working hard and doing brilliant work are essential to win credits, but to turn credits into points you will have to have difficult conversations and negotiate. And don’t think that you are being pushy or demanding when you do.

Measuring Australia’s love, by numbers

Almost half of Australia is in love right now, although if you’re a dog owner who likes Vegemite the chances that you’re in love are far higher than if you’re into cats and wear budgie smugglers.
To celebrate the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, we partnered with Australian Marriage Equality to ask people from all over Australia about love - from what’s an acceptable public display of affection, to who we love and how deeply we feel it, to whether we believe in marriage equality.
Using Google Surveys and YouTube Poll Everywhere, we gathered insights from thousands of people in all states and territories with the goal of showing how love can take different shapes yet have many common threads. We called our survey Love by Numbers - check it out (it looks best on a smartphone).
The Love by Numbers survey was launched at Mardi Gras Fair day. Picture: Chris Meier
 We asked people if they were in love, how strongly they’re in love, we even showed people photos of other people in love and asked if they could spot love when it was right in front of them
The team worked with Professor Lev Manovich from City University of New York’s Culture Analytics Lab - a world leader in the field of culture analytics - as well as local experts to design the survey and ensure the questions asked were not leading or biased.
Among our findings were:
  • 45% of Australians say they are in love right now
  • 67% of South Australians claim to have fallen in love at some point in their lives, whereas just 48% of Western Australians claim to have ever been in love, while Tasmanians are the most in love right now, at 67%
  • Australia has slightly more big spoons (or spooners) than little spoons: 51 to 49%
  • When it comes to PDA, holding hands is fine (84%), but pashing is a little too much (-63%)
  • People in their 20s feel love five times more intensely than everyone else
  • There are significantly more dog lovers in love than cat lovers - some 74% to 36%
  • If you prefer Vegemite to Marmite, you're five times more likely to be in love right now
  • Despite being in love, we're not willing to tolerate budgie smugglers over board shorts: 87% of those who are loved-up right now think there's no excuse to smuggle budgies on the beach
  • Eight out of ten Australians recognise love when they see it, in all its diverse forms 63% of Australians think it’s fair to make same-sex marriage legal in Australia
The Love By Numbers data is hosted online by Australian Marriage Equality, which campaigns for equal marriage rights for all Australians.
We're proud supporters of marriage equality as well as the LGBTI community through our sponsorship of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Community Parade Grants.
Meet the team of awesome Googlers who contributed to Love by Numbers. Picture: Chris Meier
At Google, we encourage people to bring their whole selves to work. In all of our 60 offices around the world, we are committed to cultivating a work environment where Googlers can be themselves and thrive.
We also want our employees to have the same inclusive experience outside of the office, and for LGBTQI communities to be safe and to be accepted wherever they are.”