Bonzer Site of the Week

This is from a newsletter I get once a week, called This is True. I

tried two questions out on this thing, and it guessed the first one

right in 22 questions, the second it got in 19… (gun was the first item,

velociraptor was the second)

If you try it out, let me know.

BONZER WEB SITE OF THE WEEK: – Twenty Questions, updated for the computer age.

In this experiment in artificial intelligence, the computer tries to guess what you’re thinking of by asking simple questions. Think of an object and give it a go; you could be surprised by what it can guess. (It correctly guessed I was thinking

“unicorn” after 12 questions.) Everything 20q knows and all questions that it asks were entered by people playing the game; the more it’s played, the smarter it gets. At the end it lists contradictions to what it “knows”, which can be quite interesting.

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Author: Jorah

I grew up in New England, did a short stint in the U.S. Navy after high school, worked in various factories, built & renovated houses, and finally moved to the Carolinas in 1998 to start working at what was then a large regional bank and is now a really big nationwide bank. I work doing SharePoint management site management. After work I make soap, knit, ride my motorcycle, read, watch movies & eat. I ride a Yamaha V-Star 1300. I am pretty sure that I want to hike the Appalachian Trail someday, or possibly do a long-distance rowing trip. I'll be retiring in a few years, and hope to run a craft soap-making business to bring in some cash.