Humans have a long and storied history of freaking out over the possible effects of our technologies. Long ago, Plato worried that writing would hurt people’s memories and “implant forgetfulness in their souls.” More recently, Mary Shelley’s tale of Frankenstein’s monster warned us against playing God. Today, as artificial intelligences multiply, our ethical dilemmas have…
Today many of your favorite sites are April Fool‘n around.
For example, take Gmail’s MicDrop feature. It promises to give you the last word on your outgoing message.
I wish this feature did exist; it’d be a great way to silence those REPLY-TO-ALLers.
Update: Much like Orson Welles‘ radio broadcast of War of the Worlds this faux feature, was believed real. Citing a backlash of complaints, GMail quickly disabled this Aprils Fool’s joke
Past Tom Foolery has included Air BnB’s Bronze Era Rentals (pictured) complete with Trojan Horse, and Burger King’s left-handed sandwich wrapper.
This Year H&M is onboard with a Mark Zuckerberg line of clothing http://markforhm.com/
More faves and fails from 2016:
- Goggle: Lost Sock Search
- Google’s realBooks replaces eBooks
- Self Driving Bikes
- Duolingo’s Language pillow : learn language over night
Found one you want to share? Drop me a comment and I’ll add it to this post.