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

Jian Li jianli at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Apr 1 15:10:54 EDT 2009


You've probably seen it before. This is from a previous year.
On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 3:08 PM, Greg Brockman <gregory.brockman at gmail.com>w=
rote:

> 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 featu=
re
> > "Google Autopilot"?  She'll automatically compose email/gchat replies f=
or
> > 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
> >> MMOGs:
> >> 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 t=
he
> >> >> 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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