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Google Wind: Prank Of The Year

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On March 31st, 2017 Google Posted a Video about its latest project Google wind. The company Claims this project will control the weather in the Netherlands. Is it really possible? Of course, this is nothing but yet another Google’s April Fool Day Prank.

Here’s how Google fooled Netherlands on April Fool’s Day with ‘Google Wind’

From Ms. Pac man disrupting the Google Map to Haptic Helper giving you the best virtual reality experiences, Google is the master of pranks. Like every year, Google claimed its throne by releasing a video about  Google Wind. Last year too, Google tried to fool people with Google Cardboard Plastic VR glasses and self-driving bicycle.

Under Google Netherland, Google released a video in youtube “Introducing Google Wind“. This cheeky video featuring Armin van Buuren (Dutch Superstar) discuss the Dutch weather. Despite being the best place to live, it rains 145 days a year in Netherland, which is both good and bad. Hence Google comes up with a plan to use windmills to clear the skies over the Netherlands, by generating the wind to blow the clouds away.

To pull this project (the prank to be precise), Google used its ‘cloud platform’ to predict the weather. According to the video, to achieve this they connected all 1170 windmills from Netherland to prevent bad weather from happening. If there is any bit of truth in that video, it’s only that it rains 145 days a year.

To make this prank believable, they released an article on Google Cloud Platform explaining the data processing behind it.

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Overview of the Google Wind prank project:

The information about the weather from all the European radar network was ingested into Google cloud DataProc and processed using Apache Spark. It helps in recognizing the position and spatial extent of the clouds to compute how to orchestrate the windmills most effectively.The resulting model was deployed and used to serve out control actions for the windmills.


However, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the plan is absurd as it is impossible. Probably, most of the people guessed it’s another Google April fool’s day as the video was released on March 31.

Running list of what Google’s “rolled out” so far:

Pac-Man Maps:

Google action of turning its Maps app into the iconic game prove its unconditional love for Pac-Man. Even though it had been released back in 2015, this year it has rolled out a sequel called Ms. Pac-Man. This game is available on android, ios and now on the desktop too. Your map will turn into a game and you’ll be given five lifelines to outrun the ghost. On iOS the app lets you pick a location on the map, while in Android the place is auto-selected.

Google Gnome

Google Gnome is a smart speaker. This imagined Google digital assistant is designed to sit outdoors and help you out with all matters related outside.  It can turn on and off the water hose, tells you the exact direction of the wind. Occasionally a bit of garden work too.

Google Haptic Helpers

For the VR enthusiasts, Google gave a peek into its Haptic Helpers. It brings human Google workers into your home to assist you with your VR experience and to stimulate the three senses of taste, smell, and touch which the current VR technology fails to address.

Google Play for Pets

Google is not only for just humans, but also available for pets too. You don’t have to worry leaving pets at home while you are in work. You can select “I’m Feeling Meow” or “I’m Feeling Woof” to let your cats and dogs find the info they care about.

Chromebook Accessories

Chromebooks have Android apps now, but Google has accessories that make you really appreciate the integration of the two platforms. There’s a Groupie Stick that helps you take large selfies using your Chromebook, a Cardboard for Chromebooks so that you can be immersed in VR via your laptop by using “any large appliance or pizza box,” and a Workout Armband to “really go big with your workout.”

Google Cloud Platform also expands to Mars

Google Cloud Platform will open a data center on the red planet, to better serve the needs of Martians and offer its IaaS product to users beyond the skies of Earth. The whole thing started as a 20 percent project with the “Google Planets team,” which found a suitable location in Gale Crater, near the landing site of NASA’s Curiosity rover.



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