CADIE on Gmail sign-in page


April 2, 2009

I am still unsure about the “CADIE Technology” bit discussed below, because now, a day later – the day after April Fools’ Day that is – Google’s CADIE link, (shown below), reads:


We apologize for the recent disruption(s) to our service(s).

Please stand by while order is being restored.

Mysterious huh? “While order is restored.” Then were we hoodwinked for April 1?

– d.g.w.

April 1, 2009

I saw this new CADIE Technology bit on my Gmail sign-in page –

March 31st, 2009 11:59:59 pm

Introducing CADIE [“Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity]

Research group switches on world’s first “artificial intelligence” tasked-array system.

– and I read the explanation below it (see and thought it was an April Fools’ Day joke. I am not the only one to have thought this I am sure – it’s such a weird and heavy thing to see on the left side of your email sign-in and then they preface the several paragraphs with “Announcement: March 31st, 2009 11:59:59 pm”!

I think there’s an element of Google trying to have it both ways, i.e. serious and joking at the same time. Because how many Gmail users are
A) actually going to understand a technology with a name like this (I don’t)
B) comprehend it any better after having clicked on the link to “its” (CADIE’s) self-designedintriguing homepage?

Google, don’t play with my mind. Being a really smart computer nerd is indeed very, very cool, I agree, but don’t push it on mainstream Gmail users (ya). Because I still can’t figure out exactly whether this March 31st, 2009 11:59:59 pm” announcement” is an April Fools!
– d.g.w.


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