Wednesday, January 12, 2005

'20Q test'

The '20Q test' may soon become just as important for
media artists. Invented by Ottowa-based developer Robin Burgener, 20Q
is a version of the traditional 'twenty questions' game in which an
online intelligence reads a human player's thoughts with startling
accuracy. Working with some 10,000,000 synaptic connections, the
website is even able to account for false steps in players' reasoning. The more
people visit 20Q, the better it gets at guessing, making
startling connections based on a logic that transcends any one
individual's ideas (the site's handlers even claim that it 'seems to
be developing a warped sense of humor' all on its own.) The '20Q
test' turns the 'Turing test' around. (From Net Art News)

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