Thursday, February 10, 2011

Akinator, the Web Genius

A few years ago, I got a computerized 20 Questions game/toy in a game of Dirty Santa.  It's pretty amazing how that little thing (smaller than a baseball) can figure out what you're thinking of, just by asking a series of questions.  Of course, it's not always right, but it is often enough to be very impressive.

The other day, Kimberly commented on a web-based version of a similar "game".  For an hour or more, Donald and I took turns thinking of someone (living or dead, real or fictional), answering questions about him/her, and seeing if "Akinator, the Web Genius" could figure it out.  Most of the time, it could!  (It even knew such obscure characters as Dr. Snuggles and Captain Haddock.)

Want to give it a try?
Just ignore the stuff (ads that are sometimes disguised as part of the game with "play" buttons) on the top and right side.

Now I'm going to go see if Akinator knows some of the more obscure characters in my favorite novels...