The Daily Pick

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Artificial Intelligence: Twenty Questions



This is actually from the archives, but it's worth a visit if you haven't been yet.

20Q.net is an artificial intelligence that will ask you to think of something (sunglasses, Bill Clinton, a mango, the quadratic equation, whatever you like), and then it asks you twenty questions about it. At the end, the A.I. takes a guess. I tried "Bigfoot" the first time I played, and it guessed "Yeti" at question 17. I tried tissue, and it nailed me on number 14. For some reason, it could not get "letter." It did get pajamas, gin and tonic, and duck-bill platypus. This is addictive. Play at your own risk, but definitely play.

posted by The Daily Pick at 1:40 PM

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