Hari Shanker R

Hari Shanker R

A Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

Google’s april fool hoaxes for 2009

April First came and went with its set of jokes and hoaxes. Thankfully, I didn’t succumb to any, but for a few from our very own Google! Yeah right, Google too released its set of April Fool Hoaxes very promptly, this year! If you didn’t know, Google has a history of April Fool hoaxes in the past including very inventive stuff like Google Gulp (A fictitious energy drink) to Google TiSP (a toilet-linked broadband service!)

So, the very inventive jokes by Google this time are:

  1. CADIE or “Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity” was the first in the long list of gags. Users of Google books and GMail found this queer announcement on March 31st. That day, the Google homepage said this:

    “For several years now a small research group has been working on some challenging problems in the areas of neural networking, natural language and autonomous problem-solving. Last fall this group achieved a significant breakthrough: a powerful new technique for solving reinforcement learning problems, resulting in the first functional global-scale neuro-evolutionary learning cluster.”

    LOL, ain’t it? Here’s the link to CADIE. And guess what, CADIE even has an official blog, on which page, Google shows an error. Here’s an image which shows how the blog looked like.

  2. Almost all other hoaxes, including this one on YouTube, were based on CADIE. YouTube had a very hilarious ‘new viewing experience’ page, which actually inverted videos!! Take a look at this to see a featured video by the user ‘CADIE’.
  3. GMail gets a new ‘autopilot’ option‘ with which, one could ‘adjust tone, typo propensity, and preferred punctuation from the Autopilot tab under Settings.’ It even has a ‘relationship ender’ which sends messages like ‘Terminate relationship’ as response to relationship related messages – says the FAQ page
  4. GBall powered by CADIE comes next in the line. Exclusively for users from Australia, is said to be a ball for the Australia Football league in prototype. Whoa! And its technically engineered too!!
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  5. Even  Google analytics wasn’t spared. Here’s an analytics report of CADIE’s activities!!
  6. There was even a 3D edition of Google chrome – running with the power of CADIE. Here’s how it looks!
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  7. Then came Google’s brain search, reminiscent of the old MentalPlex hoax. Same logic, but works only with mobile phones. You have to hold your mobile phone to your brain so as to ‘search the brain’. And you’re not supposed to search others without permission!! Try it… it’s damn funny! This is a sample result!!
  8. Then there was Picasa with auto red eye… LMAO!!
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5 Comments

  1. Akhil Sasidharan

    New! Google Brain Search uses CADIE technology to index your brain, thus improving the speed and accuracy of memory retrieval.
    Features:
    Faster and more accurate memory retrieval
    Brainwave detection: put the phone to your forehead and think your query
    Eliminate “tip of the tongue” syndrome
    Instructions:
    Put phone to forehead for brain indexing.
    Think your query.
    *Please do not use Brain Search on others without their permission.

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    Kollam!!

  2. Abhi

    Entho i feel the older hoaxes were better. As the years progress the hoaxes become more and more technical gibberish. Earlier hoaxes could even fool a normal person, now even a experienced techie won’t find the difference between a hoax and a real technology. Maybe the technology’s advanced forward, or maybe i’ve become more dumb 🙂

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