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

Greg Brockman gregory.brockman at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 15:08:24 EDT 2009


Didn't they already have something very similar as an April Fools joke
a couple years ago?

On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 3:02 PM, David Kosslyn <dkosslyn at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Also check out TiSP: http://www.google.com/tisp/install.html
> On Apr 1, 2009, at 1:52 PM, Lila Fontes wrote:
>
> 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-technology
>>
>> 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_strikes_militar.html?wprss=securityfix
>>
>> Slashdot launches user achievements, in order to better compete with
>> MMOGs:
>> http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/31/1610228
>>
>> 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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