The first day of April is always a difficult 24 hours to navigate if you want to avoid being tripped up by some zany product or service announcement from the likes of Google, Microsoft or, as we've seen today, Uncle Tobys and James Squire. To help you stay ahead of the game, we've selected the delicious (and not-so-delicious) fake stuff and put it all in the one place.
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Dear Lifehacker, Last week, Microsoft's "teen girl" chatbot Tay transformed into a racist, sexist and creepily horny Holocaust denier in its first day of existence. Meanwhile, great thinkers like Elon Musk are freaking out about the dangers of machine learning. Should we be worried about the ways robots and AI software are learning to "think"?
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Every year, April Fools' Day is marked not only by pranks played on colleagues and friends, but by false news stories and product announcements. We've rounded up 2016's best (and worst) April Fools' gags, including AirTasker's new platform for dogs, Contiki's virtual reality tours and the triumphant minting of the Dollarydoo.
Happy April Fool's Day! If you're stuck in an office all day and don't have time to organise any elaborate pranks to play on your colleagues, don't fret. You can get into the spirit of the occasion and unleash your inner prankster with these simple IT tricks that you can use on unsuspecting co-workers.
Every year, April Fools' Day is marked not only by pranks played on colleagues and friends, but by false news stories and product announcements. We've rounded up 2015's April Fools' malarkey, including a full gallery of celebrities shopping with Kogan (hi Kanye!), videos galore and the ones that turned out to be true -- yes, you really can play Pac-Man on Google Maps.
Every year, tech companies unveil new April Fools' Day fake announcements. Some are impressively comprehensive; some are frankly painful. From IPv5 to the Gmail Shelfie, from "Match Of The Day" to iiNet's 'Pet-Fi' and the inevitable Kogan moment, here are the most notable April Fools' Day tech prank spoilers of 2014.
Logan has rounded up the best tech-related April Fools' pranks over at Gizmodo. One we particularly wanted to highlight was BinaryScript, which "rebuilds the impenatrable wall of complexity relied on by computing professionals the world over" by converting your code into binary.
Tomorrow's April Fools' Day, the one day a year that regularly upstanding publications push all sorts of nonsense and pranks are the rule of the day. Aside from offering this as a helpful reminder to take the crazy/exciting/incredible news you hear across the internet tomorrow with a grain of salt, we'd also like to remind you, if you're the pranking sort, to check out these 10 harmless and awesome geek pranks. Be good, now!
Wondering why every single link from YouTube's front page is going to *sigh* that Rick Astley video? It's April Fools', of course, and Google is all up on it. Here's a handy guide to what's real and what's not today in the Google-verse.
Since the dawn of time, geeks have been playing harmless pranks on their beloved (but unsuspecting) associates, and it's up to all of us to carry the torch forward. On the eve of April Fools' Day, when you've got local network access to your coworkers' and family systems, cubicles just crying out to be filled with packing peanuts and webapps that can do all sorts of things automatically, there's no better time to baffle, confuse, perplex, and just plain mess with your loved ones and associates. Hit the jump for our top 10 favourite harmless geek pranks.