20 Questions!

by alphamonkey on January 11, 2005 · 12 comments

in Diversions,Sci-Tech

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for AI games.  20q.net has a great learning AI that’s sole purpose is to divine what you’re thinking of, 20 Questions style. 

So far I’ve managed to outfox the bot 9 out of 10 times, with it’s sole win being “Digital Camera”.  If you draw a complete mental blank, the site even suggests objects which it’s having trouble identifying, the most popular, or even random stuff people have done.  Have at it!

Below is one unintentionally funny guess by the site.I am guessing that it is a hand gun?

Yes , No , Close

18.  Can you play with it? Yes. 

17.  Is it smaller than a loaf of bread? Yes. 

16.  Is it pleasurable? No. 

15.  Is it colorful? No. 

14.  Does it move? No. 

13.  Do you know any songs about it? Yes. 

12.  Would you use it daily? Depends. 

11.  Does it make noise? Yes. 

10.  Does it burn? Probably. 

9.  Can you use it to hit something? Yes. 

8.  Is it made of metal? Partly. 

7.  Is it considered valuable? Yes. 

6.  Does it have lights on it? No. 

5.  Would you give it as a gift? Yes.

4.  Does it bring joy to people? Sometimes. 

3.  Does it go inside other things? Sometimes. 

2.  Does it help accomplish tasks? Yes. 

1.  It is classified as Other.

The answer was Microphone.

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1 killdozr January 11, 2005 at 4:44 pm

that’s pretty incredible – i’ve only stumped it twice after 9 tries, and it was very close on one of them.

2 .alphamonkey. January 11, 2005 at 4:48 pm

I think I did a total of about 40 different tries. The site got 9 of them right in under 20, and all but 8 of them right by 30 questions.

3 olivesmarch4th January 11, 2005 at 6:16 pm

Holy shit!  It knew I was an amoeba!  Righteous.

4 olivesmarch4th January 11, 2005 at 6:24 pm

Uncommon Knowledge about anti-matter:

Is it a synthetic material? I say Yes.

Does it have cash value? I say Probably.

Can you make money by selling it? I say Yes.

Does it get really hot? I say Yes.

Is it worth a lot of money? I say Yes.

Do you carry it in your pocket? I say Probably.

Can it be trained to obey commands? I say Yes.

Do you wear it? I say Probably.

Does it eat fish? I say Yes.

Is it usually green? I say Probably.

Does it have wide feet? I say Yes.

Does it come from the ground? I say Yes.

Would you pay to use it? I say Yes.

Can you keep it in a cage? I say Yes.

Is it decorative? I say Probably.

Does it have short fur? I say Probably.

You gotta love the AI.

5 Shadow Stalker January 11, 2005 at 9:01 pm

What do you hit with a microphone?

6 .alphamonkey. January 11, 2005 at 9:03 pm

Unruly fans. The bass player. You know, the normal stuff.

7 Shadow Stalker January 12, 2005 at 12:39 am

That’s cool.  I stumped it a lot more than I expected to, but it looks like a lot of people either answer randomly or don’t know what they’re talking about.

8 Just Plain Bob January 12, 2005 at 2:30 am

I’m very pensive about this AI thing… hesitant, in fact. the information you have to supply.. the fact that there’s a portable version with cryptic commercials…. is anyone else’s “robotic apocolypse” sensor going off?

9 .alphamonkey. January 12, 2005 at 3:02 am

Yes…this AI will eventually rise up and destroy us all through clever games of 20 Questions and “I Spy”.  We are doomed! Dooooooooomed!

10 Just Plain Bob January 12, 2005 at 2:43 am

having attempted to run “Duct tape” through the 20q, i have discovered that humans are even stupider, and even more capable of ruining good things through that stupidity, than I’d ever imagined. this engine runs of the majority of answers, right?

Does it shine? I say Yes.

Does it come in many varieties? I say No. (Yes, it does.)

Are there many different sorts of it? I say No. (yes, there are.)

Can it make a sound? I say Probably.

Is it made in many different styles? I say No. (Again, yes.)

Is it usually green? I say Yes. (What the hell?)

Do most people use this daily? I say No. (HELL YES THEY DO!)

Would you use it daily? I say Doubtful. (Yes, I would.)

Is it shiny? I say Yes.

Does it have a hole in it? I say Yes.

Does it smell sweet? I say Yes. (no?)

Can you peel it? I say Yes.

Can you play games with it? I say Yes.

Can you find it in a church? I say No. (I find it in all the churches i go to.)

Does it photosynthesize? I say Probably. (Somebody doesn’t know what photosynthesize means..)

Is it round? I say Yes.

When it says flat out “no” and I say “sometimes” it calls that a contradiction. I’m aware that there are black and brown varieties of duct tape, and the engine isn’t.. this makes me wrong and the engine correct. The only way I can fix this is go through the 30 questions repeatedly and answer the same each time, so it learns? Fah.

11 killdozr January 12, 2005 at 11:14 am

I think you have to keep to the basics when answering a question. you sort of have to fudge answers a bit with it, like you would with a child when they ask you deceptively complex questions looking for a simple answer.

but yeah, on some of this stuff, the AI is completely wrong.

one thing i found funny is, that it doesn’t know what a coffin is. Or it DIDN”T anyway – i stumped it, it figured out that the object i was referring to had something to do with death, but it could only guess.

when i switched over to the list, coffin wasn’t in it anywhere. when i typed it into the search function, it still wasn’t there.

strange – what’s so taboo about a coffin? it’s a box that people see all the time.

perhaps coffin is NOW in it’s database, but i found that kind of strange.

12 Souped_up_on_Jihad January 12, 2005 at 1:06 pm

Damn, this game is good. Busted in 19 Questions:

Does your mother know what you are thinking about?

I am not allowed to talk about stuff like this, but,

I am guessing that it has something to do with sex?

Yes , No , Close

19.  Is it living? Irrelevant. 

18.  Does it stink? Sometimes. 

17.  I guess that it is a muscle (body part)? No. 

16.  Can you dress it up? Sometimes. 

15.  Can it be used for recreation? Yes. 

14.  Is it white? Yes. 

13.  Is it usually visible? No. 

12.  Can it be painted? Maybe. 

11.  Can you lift it? Yes. 

10.  Is it found in a bathroom? Sometimes. 

9.  Is it small? Sometimes. 

8.  Does it have a hole in it? Yes. 

7.  Do you clean it regularly? Yes. 

6.  Can you buy it? No. 

5.  Is it usually warm? Yes. 

4.  Do you carry it in your pocket? No. 

3.  Does it use electricity? No. 

2.  Do most people use this daily? Yes. 

1.  It is classified as Other.



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