Google Waltz Lab, a project searching for “innovation in waltz,” according to its website, has found a new lead at Stanford. The program, which began as a dance class on Google’s main campus in Mountain View, is moving to Stanford under the direction of dance instructor Richard Powers.
“Nowadays, there is so much emphasis on student-to-teacher ratio,” said Salman Khan, founder of the online educational site The Khan Academy on Thursday evening at Cemex Auditorium in the Graduate School of Business. “We at The Khan Academy do not believe in this multiple — we believe in optimizing student-to-valuable-time-with-teacher ratio, or even more importantly, student-to-valuable-time-with-other-human-beings ratio. A one-size-fits-all lecture is not the way to go about education.”
Luckily, Google is working as quickly as possible to make sure we are never short in our supply of Brazilian women falling on their faces or German men crawling out of car trunks (true story) — they are now expanding Google Street View to cover more remote areas of the earth. Aside from providing us with the potential for more entertainment, this new initiative has also given us something almost as great — jobs.
Public fear over online privacy has been ramping up, and for Julie Brill, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, the increased attention is warranted. In an informal talk at the Stanford Law School, Commissioner Brill said the FTC is focusing increasing attention on the privacy policies of cyber companies from Facebook to the latest smart-phone applications.
Public scrutiny over a report confirming that Google Inc. spent $5.4 million on lobbying in Washington D.C. in the first three quarters of 2011 has raised awareness among students and faculty about the influence that Google and other high-tech companies wield at Stanford.