The large data size affects the training, but the model itself is pretty small now (after some hard work on Google's part).
The thing everyone seems to be missing is that Android's (English) voice recognizer is offline. While you can use the online model I suspect that is more about continual update of the model (so it understands new words and changing accents etc) rather than recognition.
Jason Weston (Facebook) etc's work on Memory Nets
Anything to do with transfer learning (the 2013 Zero-Shot Learning Through Cross-Modal Transfer paper is a good place to start)
The increasing amount of demos around using NNs to generate "things" that look kinda-almost "intelligent". I can't point at a paper, but Andrej Karpathy demo of generating Shakespere-like writing, "Wikipedia" pages and "C" code in The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Recurrent Neural Networks is the kind of thing I'm talking about.
The beginnings of work around goal-seeking. The (now Google) DeepMind Atari demo and Marl/O
Finally, the work being done on making this stuff usable by programmers (Torch etc).
The scheme to arrest the Bank of Greece governor & raiding national mint was separate to the Varoufakis' plan, and to try to combine the two is a huge mistake. That plan was just dumb, while the Varoufakis plan was crazy and or subtle.
I view Varoufakis's plan as a trump card to play against the Troika. The Troika believe that - in the end - the Greeks would always roll over and give in to their proposals.
Varoufakis plan was to be able to say "you didn't count on this crazy plan* and be able to present something that was undoubtedly crazy, but just credible enough to make the Troika think that the Greeks might try it.
Sometimes acting crazy is the best strategy. To quote:
it turns out that the best strategy if you get to play the game only once is to make the most credible attempt possible in pretending to be a Hawk while actually being a Dove. When you are in one of the cars heading for each other, growl, scream, throw bottles out he window, swerve and then come back onto the road again. In short give the impression that you are mad and unpredictable, and definitely capable of doing mad things like not swerving under any circumstances. Do not signal that you may compromise, even though you know you will.
I don't see that as crazy. The national bank is still led by a member of the old cast, who is hostile to Syriza.
Besides the fact the Troika controlling the data of the finance ministry, the tax files, with no access to the current legal authority, you should also consider the likely possibility of a military coup to get rid of Syriza.
The trumped up language by the germans and their press made it very likely to prepare such a step. This didn't come forward yet. But given the history I call it very likely. Until the referendum backed them up.
And of course the Troika also had their plan B developed in secret, a similar group of 5, getting rid of Greece in the eurozone, despite it was against the EU rules. This was in the news last month.
But they never offered Greece assistance to leave the Eurozone. Schaeuble at least talked publicly about it, and was punished for it.
In the grexit scenario raiding their assets is the best thing to do. But the more interesting question is if the military (with support by the Troika) would have taken over. Exciting times.
It's not "a" bank, it was the (government controlled) Bank of Greece. Varoufakis - as finance minster - had responsibility for that, which arguably makes what he ordered not actually illegal (because the records would have been transferred between two areas under his control within the government).
Yes - in common with most central banks it is supposed to be independent. However It ... acts as a treasurer and fiscal agent for the Greek government and is partially owned by the Greek government (35%)
I wish there was a really good source for analysis on the Greek situation that ignored value judgements of what "should" happen.
To me it appears that Varoufakis is the Bobby Fischer of economics at the moment. Of course he had a plan to keep the Greek economy (somewhat) alive if Grexit occurred. It would astonish me if some details of the plan hadn't been leaked to the EU - the Greeks would want them to know about it.
Varoufakis's resignation/sacking was beautifully timed to setup the idea that the Greeks would make some concessions, but couldn't be pushed much further.
And the purpose of this latest thing isn't to protect Varoufakis against treason charges, it it to drive a bigger wedge between Germany and France before August 20.
(As an aside, Varoufakis used to be Valve's staff economist, and he's a published game theorist. He's pretty good a playing slight differences in motivations against each other)
If this summer's negotiations were a deliberate chess move, they are akin to manoeuvring yourself into a Fool's Mate.
Closing all banks for the largest part of a month sinks your economy at a faster pace than any austerity ever could. The country was on the path to recovery since last year but this summer has caused another implosion in economic activity similar to a devaluation - all without getting the eventual side benefits of an actual Grexit.