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

Greg Brockman gregory.brockman at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 15:13:21 EDT 2009


Ah.  That makes a lot more sense :)

On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 3:10 PM, Jian Li <jianli at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> 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>
> wrote:
>>
>> 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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