I actually hate April Fools Day because my cousin April and my father (may he rest in peace) celebrate their birthdays on April first and it’s not meant for a day of jokes but for the sake of everyone else, let’s see what the web has to offer on this day full of hoaxes. Google Australia is proud to introduce gDay™ with MATE™ (Machine Automated Temporal Extrapolation).
Developed by Google’s Sydney office, this product allows users to determine tomorrow as if it happened today using Google’s robots to scan the web for public contents.
Google spiders crawl publicly available web information and our index of historic, cached web content. Using a mashup of numerous factors such as recurrence plots, fuzzy measure analysis, online betting odds and the weather forecast from the iGoogle weather gadget, we can create a sophisticated model of what the internet will look like 24 hours from now.
Just like most Google services, it all begins by entering a search query in a form. Selecting “one day in advance” ensures results are from tomorrow and not today or the previous days. By pressing the Submit button, you allow Google to look for appropriate pages as if it’s searching the web tomorrow instead of today.
A search for football scores will return tomorrow’s results. This is indeed a gift from heaven for those who love to bet on the web or want to win the lottery.
One of the happy users is Wazza of Queensland. “This is awesome. I can now check the questions ahead of time and impress my girlfriend by knowing all the answers to ‘Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?’“
Honestly, these hoaxes are becoming more and more cheesy. But I guess many people enjoy fooling themselves by trying out these services. I wonder when will this trend end.