Google embraces inclusivity by making its salad emoji egg-free, "vegan"

There’s a whole branch of linguistic theory that suggests that the words we know (and the languages we learn them in) have an inescapable knock-on effect on the thoughts and ideas we’re then able to express. We have to assume—having resignedly been forced to acknowledge a few years back that they do, technically,…

Google wants to let you know just how bad your state is at spelling

Google is no longer content to be one of the most successful corporations in world history. It isn’t enough, anymore, that they’ve functionally replaced the term “internet search” with its own name as a common verb. No, Google also wants to rub your hometown pride in the dirt by releasing information displaying…

Get Involved, Internet: Tell Amazon (and Roku, and Apple, and Google) to dump NRATV

The fight to finally bring about sensible gun control in the United States is just beginning, and is a multi-pronged effort that will extend from this week’s CNN Town Hall to the ballot box this November and beyond. But here’s one thing that’s simple, easy, and, if you’re a regular reader of The A.V. Club, involves…

The Google anti-diversity guy is suing the company for supposedly discriminating against conservative white dudes

You might remember an incident from a few months back, when Google engineer James Damore transformed himself into “former Google engineer James Damore,” using one of the tech giant’s legendarily intuitive interfaces. That is, Damore decided to send a memo to the entire company complaining about its “prejudices against…

Google is once again trying to smash its way into the music streaming business

There are few aspects of online life that Google hasn’t managed to smash its way into over the years, buying up competitors, covering everything in a healthy slathering of doodles, and happily setting up its omnipresent shop. It’s a familiar enough story at this point that it’s almost more remarkable to be reminded…

UPDATE: Here’s that anti-diversity memo Google is attacking itself over

We tend to think of Google as a cheerfully smiling monolith, an integrated, synergistic team of people working in harmony to offer up better search results, faster internet, and a constant bounty of private data to hurl into its all-consuming, ever-hungry maw. But a crack appeared in the tech giant’s doodle-perfect…

Damn it, Google, stop teaching AI how to walk around and murder us

Google’s Deep Mind project has taken another adorable, silly, extremely goofy step toward world domination this week, with a new video highlighting how the artificial intelligence project taught itself to walk. Showcasing a series of models that all look extremely cute—right up until the point when they come lunging,…