[hcs-d] Google's April Fools prank...

Kevin Lee kevlee at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Apr 1 11:10:26 EDT 2009


Here's an additional Google prank: if you go to google books and look at 
a book, there's a link in the corner that says "Generate book report"

Kevin

Joshua Kroll wrote:
> I for one found that essay hilarious. In particular, parts like
>
> "Our species' journey toward tonight's epochal announcement had much
> less to do with that awestruck moment than it did with the moment
> those same ancestors woke up hungry the next morning and started
> studying animal tracks in the savannah mud, thereby inadvertently
> developing concepts like time and causality which, by abstracting both
> location and temporal context into a unique reconning tool within the
> brain, sparked the set of responses that, ages later, we now call
> reason."
>
> And
>
> "Computing pioneers from the game theorist von Neumann to the
> economist Morgenstern engaged in a tumultuous Hegelian rondolet in
> which probability theory mated with utility theory to spawn decision
> theory."
>
> It also seems to be well-integrated with a series of small jokes
> around various Google properties.
>
> Josh
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 1:33 AM, Konstantin Pozin <pozin at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>   
>> ... is kind of disappointing this year:
>> http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/cadie/index.html
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