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Fooling the Computer
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saxifrage00
20q.net is home to a learning "AI" that plays Twenty Questions. It's fun because it's accurate with a startling frequency.

This is what it thinks about orcs:

You were thinking of an orc.
Can you lift it? You said Yes, I say No.
Does it have a pointed snout? You said Yes, I say No.
Does it have big ears? You said No, I say Yes.
Does it help accomplish tasks? You said No, I say Yes.
Does it come in many varieties? You said No, I say Yes.
Contradictions Detected
It does not matter if our answers disagree, as over time the game will change its answers to reflect common knowledge. If you feel that the game is in error, the only way to fix it is to play again.


Similar Objects
a goblin, a yeti, a cannibal, an enemy, a harpy, a pirate, a fool, a cyclops, me (as in you), a giant, a ninja, an acrobat.

Uncommon Knowledge about an orc
Does it come in a box? I say Probably.
Does it have a cold nose? I say Probably.
Can you order it at a restaurant? I say Yes.
Does it live in grass-lands? I say Yes.
Is it green? I say Yes.
Is it a renewable resource? I say Yes.
Does a hockey player use it? I say Yes.
Is it shaped like a hot dog? I say Probably.
Was it used over 100 years ago? I say No.
Is it usually sliced or carved? I say Yes.
Is it gray? I say Yes.
Does it have spots? I say Yes.
Is it flexible? I say Doubtful.
Is it used for hunting? I say Yes.
Does it involve contact with other humans? I say No.
Does it come in a pack? I say Yes.

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You were thinking of a mouse.

Similar Objects
a shrew, a gerbil, a vole, a caterpillar, a hamster, a bracelet, a moth, a dragonfly, a squirrel, a wasp, a slime mold, a pet rat.

Uncommon Knowledge about a mouse
Do you know any songs about it? I say Yes.
Is it found on a desk? I say Probably.
Can it do tricks? I say Probably.
Is it bad for your health? I say Yes.
Is it involved in movies? I say Yes.
Can it affect you(cause an effect to you)? I say Yes.
Does it contain words? I say Probably.
Is it white? I say Yes.
Does it produce light? I say Probably.
Do you use it with a computer? I say Yes.
Is it found in mines? I say Probably.
Is it found in salad bars? I say Yes.
Does it usually live on a farm? I say Yes.
Is it originally from Europe? I say Probably.
Is it smart? I say Yes.
Is it an omnivore? I say Probably.

Here's what it thought of 'my husband':

Ahem. The 'object' on my mind was my dear husband:


29. I guess it a cowboy? No.
28. I guess it a boyfriend? Close.
27. Can you lift it? No.
26. Is it straight? Yes.
25. Does it go in your mouth? Yes.
24. Do you use it at work? No.
23. Do you hold it when you use it? Sometimes.
22. Can you hold it? Yes.
21. Is it black? No.
20. I guess it a human being? Close.
19. Is it used during meals? Sometimes.
18. Does it have keys? Yes.
17. Is it worth a lot of money? Doubtful.
16. Are there many different sorts of it? Yes.
15. Would you find it on a farm? Yes.
14. Do most people use this daily? Maybe.
13. Is it used in a sport? Yes.
12. Does it taste sweet? Sometimes.
11. Do you use it in your home? Yes.
10. Have you seen one in real life? Yes.
9. Was it used over 100 years ago? No.
8. Does it like to run? No.
7. Is it useful? Yes.
6. Does it have four legs? No.
5. Can you see it in a zoo? Maybe.
4. Does it have a long tail? Doubtful.
3. Can you buy it? No.
2. Is it a mammal? Yes.
1. It is classified as Animal.

Re: Here's what it thought of 'my husband':

It's doesn't deal well with (nor was designed for, granted) specific instances of things. "a husband" it might know, so long as you answer the questions about husbands in general. Although, it can't figure out some specific people-things like "a singer" or "an alchemist"...

Try thinking of something naughty when answering the twenty questions. It's fun. :)

Re: Here's what it thought of 'my husband':

I was trying to answer for husbands in general, but some questions like "Does it like to run?" were answered for Hubby specifically. So I sorta cheated :)

Re: Here's what it thought of 'my husband':

Besides, it was more amusing to abuse the system ;-)

Re: Here's what it thought of 'my husband':

It takes a lot of abuse and it's still pretty good. Notice some of the strange entries under "Uncommon Knowledge about X".

For instance:

Uncommon Knowledge about dinner:
...
Does it make noise? I say Yes.
Can it be stolen? I say No.
Is it an abstract concept? I say Yes.
Is it a herbivore? I say Yes.
Can you make music with it? I say Probably.
Does it communicate? I say Yes.
Can it scratch? I say Yes.
Is it furry? I say Yes.
...


So abuse away!

Evidently it's a bachelor.

Dinner is furry?

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