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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Today's Google Verarschung is more subtle than the one a few years back, but still a lot of fun:
Does Autopilot work for Gmail chat too?

Yes. Chat was actually simpler to build, given the natural language headway made by Joseph Weizenbaum's ELIZA. While many claim ELIZA oft times passed the Turing test, Gmail Autopilot passes with 99.9% accuracy due to the inclusion of human-like qualities such as compassion and wisdom and CADIE's related ability to calibrate to match your chat style.

What happens if a sender and recipient both have Autopilot on?

Two Gmail accounts can happily converse with each other for up to three messages each. Beyond that, our experiments have shown a significant decline in the quality ranking of Autopilot's responses and further messages may commit you to dinner parties or baby namings in which you have no interest.
I bet more than a few people click on the home page with the hope of actually having a means to respond to messages robotically.

Addendum: The home page created by the artificial intelligence entity CADIE mentioned in the Google press release is a delight.

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xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: April 1st, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i remembered Google Paper from last year... what was it-- a printed-out archive of emails for gmail users? so i went to see what they had come up with this year. i love how they celebrate march 32nd.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: April 1st, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If only I could get something like this for my work email.
flw From: flw Date: April 1st, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The joke runs very deep this year. I am definitely one of the "more than a few" people whose immediate thought was to ping-pong the AI into a loop with google's translation software thrown in for good measure... Alas, it is not to be.
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