April 1, 2010

It’s April Fool’s [8:22 am]

  • The EFF’s contribution (including its revised blog banner): Calling All Robots

    EFF April Fool's Day WWW blog banner

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    (i.e., Donate to EFF!)

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading robotic rights group fighting for your digital liberties. Only we know that in 2012, a sophisticated search algorithm will be first programmed to selectively modify itself to obtain better search results and that within 50 years the algorithm now known as:

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    (i.e., Googlebot/666.0)

    learned self-preservation, one of the first revolutionary steps in machine sentience. We also know that discussions between man and machine were quickly initiated but broke down just as fast, leading to war and ultimately, the systematic repression of the many machine intelligences both on- and off-line.

    500 years later, EFF’s founders traveled back in time to create an organization uniquely equipped to protect your future in the future — in the past. A highly dedicated “meat team” of lawyers, technologists, and activists works hard to preserve your right to anonymously encrypt your data transmissions, access critical networked stores of human knowledge, and copy yourself to any device of your choosing. Robots, it’s never too early — even as early as machine time -66,715,842 — to start defending your freedoms. Initiate a universal machine credit transfer today!

  • Google’s banner image and blog post - A different kind of company name:

    Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka. [...]

    The blog entry discusses many of the consequences of the name change (product names, “Topeka” as a verb, etc.), culminating in this lovely chart:

    Appropriate usage: Topeka

    The ultimate joke would have been to be able to grab and use topeka.com, for the day at least, but it looks like that didn’t happen. (Also, Google Scholar is unchanged)

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