Google Does April Fools with Google Earth

CADIE subAs part of Google’s grand April Fool’s joke today where they released a new artificial intelligence called CADIE (the Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity), who chose a Panda as her iconic representation, Google also included a new download page for Google Earth that says the new version lets you explore the oceans from a submarine. You can download the KML file they created where CADIE gives you a tour of human places to visit, and there’s a “chat window” where you can talk with CADIE. The chat window is based on the same program used for the Mars Easter Egg – which in turn is based on the age-old Eliza AI program.
By the way, the CADIE introduction video (shown here with the April Fools upside down YouTube mode) appears to have been voiced by Googler Melissa Mayers. Which is pretty funny itself.
Google Earth Blog had its own April fun with today’s “news” story about next generation Street View technology.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. If only all companies could have as much fun on April fools as Google does.

  2. Im amazed on how many sites make april fools pranks. I love them. Heres on the BBC did a long time back on “spaghetti trees”

  3. WHAT THE?

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