April Fool’s Day

I swear, Google must have a whole division dedicated to producing their April fool’s jokes. This year it’s a proposed partnership with Virgin, Inc. called Virgle, which will colonize, then terraform Mars. It’s alarmingly thorough, both in terms of operational details and slyly inserted snark. See, for instance, the description of the colony spacecraft:

On-board supercomputers perform most ship and life maintenance tasks, up to and including games, movies and other forms of trivially simplistic human entertainment. Crew members will communicate with these machines via an auditory Holistic Artificial Language interface visually mediated by a glowing red light.

NPR’s review of an imaginary hyper-minimalist classical album doesn’t even come close.