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

Lila Fontes fontes at post.harvard.edu
Wed Apr 1 13:52:25 EDT 2009


Did you also see that Google's CADIE has introduced the new gmail feature
"Google Autopilot"?  She'll automatically compose email/gchat replies for
you!

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/autopilot/index.html

On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM, Joshua Kroll <jkroll at fas.harvard.edu>wrote:

> Some other good ones:
>
> The Guardian, Britain's venerable newspaper, switches to Twitter as an
> exclusive distribution mechanism:
>
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/apr/01/guardian-twitter-media-techno=
logy
>
> The Washington Post's Security Fix blog describes the fallout from the
> Conficker activation last night:
>
> http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/04/conficker_worm_strik=
es_militar.html?wprss=3Dsecurityfix
>
> Slashdot launches user achievements, in order to better compete with MMOG=
s:
> http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=3D09/03/31/1610228
>
> Josh
>
> On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:10 AM, Kevin Lee <kevlee at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> > 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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