This year marks the transition from the Year of the Dog to that of the Pig, the last animal in the cycle of 12 that represent each year in the shēngxiào, or Chinese zodiac. Pigs are considered a sign of prosperity in Asian culture, and those born in the year of the Pig are said to be sincere, good-natured, and honest.
Today’s Doodle also celebrates the ancient tradition of shadow puppetry, which also has a special place in the festivities. This year, people all over the world can Celebrate Lunar New Year and the ancient storytelling art of shadow puppetry with Shadow Art. Users can form one of the twelve zodiac animal hand gestures in front of their camera and the AI system, built with Tensorflow, will play a short clip matching the shadow puppet that’s been made.
The Internet today is only made possible by tens of thousands of kilometres of cabling at the bottom of the sea and buried underground. The above GIF from Vice’s Motherboard site shows the development of the submarine backbone from 1989 to 2017.
It’s been a topsy-turvy year, 2016. Hordes of celebrities have passed on to the great Oscars in the sky, America elected a clown, another clown became British foreign secretary, Iraq and Syria are in a mess, and I still hate commuting. Don’t worry though, 2017 may just be better. Maybe.