Smartest Toy. Ever.

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Has anyone else experienced the amazing "20 Q" toy? It's just a clear plastic ball with six buttons and a small maybe 10x30 pixel screen. The premise of the ball is that it is the smartest toy ever. You think of a noun and answer twenty questions (hence the name) and based on that it will guess the noun. From my experience it was right on about 8/10 times. If you tell it that it got it wrong it will ask five more questions and guess again. All in all (with the second guess) it got it at least 90-95% of the time.

My idea was to try and replicate this in a small Cocoa app. I'm sure it wouldn't be hard but time consuming. You'd have to set up a grouping system so that the questions (which can be answered 'unknown','sometimes','no', and 'yes') would lead into more and more specific groups. Other than that the game is simple.

I believe there is an online version. The site can be found at http://www.20q.net/.

I thought this might just be a fun thing to play with on boring days waiting for compiling or whatever. What do you all think?
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yeah I played with it... Was in this shop, found it and started playing... after 2 hours one of the girls of the shop asked me if I needed any help... I wanted to buy it but I didnt after all...

anyway the first time I thought up a golf ball... and if found it in about 10... next time I thought up "corkscrewer" and thought "hey, it cant possibly get this one..." but it did... it took him about 25 questions but he got it!


edit: Oh, there is indeed the online version at their site... and its even better... I'm glad I didnt buy it!

reedit:ooh! looks that the online version is also adapting to the answers received buy the users... tooo coool!

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I have it. It can't guess itself, though! =D

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I Beat It!
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Quote:You were thinking of 20Q.net.
Is it worth a lot of money? You said Doubtful, I say No.


At least it's modest.

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I beat it. It doesn't know about a d20 Smile

It says the game is confused about "a cousin." No wonder it's confused. One of the questions it asked me was "Do you use it at night?"

Blink

Here's the log for "a cousin" (right now, it thinks it's a rain forest, though I can't imagine that you could sit on a rainforest...):

I am guessing that it is a rain forest?
Yes , No , Close
28. Can you sit on it? Yes.
27. Is it useful? Sometimes.
26. Is it tall? Sometimes.
25. Does it grow over time? Yes.
24. Does it bring joy to people? Sometimes.
23. Is it smaller than a loaf of bread? No.
22. I guess that it is a carnation (flower)? No.
21. Is it a common household object? No.
20. I guess that it is a plant? No.
19. Does it smell good? Sometimes.
18. Could it be found in a classroom? Yes.
17. Was it invented? No.
16. Is it outside? Sometimes.
15. Is it multicolored? Yes.
14. Do you use it at night? Doubtful.
13. Is it usually colorful? Yes.
12. Does it have writing on it? Sometimes.
11. Do you use it in public? Irrelevant.
10. Does it get wet? Sometimes.
9. Can you order it at a restaurant? No.
8. Does it contain a liquid? Yes.
7. Can you smell it? Yes.
6. Can it cheer you up? Sometimes.
5. Is it something you bring along? Sometimes.
4. Can it be washed? No.
3. Does it usually have four corners? No.
2. Is it shiny? No.
1. It is classified as Other.

[edit] and some interesting facts about Macs...

You were thinking of a Macintosh computer.
Does it usually have four corners? 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
software, a computer, a personal computer, a laptop computer, a computer program, a baseball glove, an operating system, an IMac, wisdom, a cathode ray tube, a robot, a company.
Uncommon Knowledge about a Macintosh computer
Does it shine? I say Probably.
Does it live in the forest? I say Probably.
Is it straight? I say Yes.
Does a basketball player use it? I say Yes.
Is it originally from Australia? I say Probably.
Is it crunchy? I say Probably.
Is it a pure-bred dog? I say Probably.
Does a hockey player use it? I say Yes.
Does it have leaves? I say Yes.
Does it live in trees? I say Probably.
Does it come from the ground? I say Yes.
Is it spotted? I say Probably.
Is it red? I say Yes.
Does it stink? I say Probably.
Is it normally planted in gardens? I say Yes.
Can you jump on it? I say Probably.

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an essay:

"Similar Objects
a test, sulfuric acid, a paper bag, hydrochloric acid, an advertisement, cough syrup, a sonnet (poem), hate (hatred, dislike), sheet music, rubbing alcohol (isopropanol), an exam, a poem."

Uncommon Knowledge about an essay
Can any age group use it? I say No.
Is it used to record an event? I say Yes.
Is it made out of wood? I say Yes. (not if in electronic form...)
Can it be used to put things together? I say Yes. (?)
Does it come in pairs? I say Probably.
Can you use it as money? I say Probably.
Does it produce light? I say Yes.
Does it have leaves? I say Yes.
Was it ever alive? I say Yes.
Does it live above ground? I say Probably.
Is it formed from carbon? I say Probably.
Is it commonly harvested? I say Probably.
Is it something you bring along? I say Yes.
Does it live in mountains? I say Probably.
Is it delivered? I say Yes.
Can you use it 24 hours a day? I say No.
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I beat it. It doesn't even know about kebab! haha! Smile
Glad I never bought it, I would have been soo disappointed. Not knowing kebab.. hmm..
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well you didnt really beat it if he does not know about it... now here's the challenge: the thing must be in his database, you must answer "correctly" to all his questions (i.e. correctly from his point of view) and still he does not guess it! I found one like that: can you?

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> You were thinking of quartz.
> Is it bright? You said Yes, I say Doubtful.
> Do most people use this daily? You said Yes, I say Doubtful.
Oh, sorry, I forgot about the people who doesn't have watches
> Is it smooth? You said No, I say Yes.
> Does it help accomplish tasks? You said Yes, I say No.
Yep. Tells time
> Do you use it at work? You said Yes, I say No.
well, maybe not work, but it's handy for telling when to go to class...
> Is it used by the police? You said Yes, I say No.
Heh...What time is it, officer?
> Can it affect you(cause an effect to you)? You said Yes, I say No.
> Is it white? You said Yes, I say Unknown.
Contradictions Detected
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technically the quartz doesn't actually tell time, so much as give a steady vibration such as to determine how long a second is
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Quote:technically the quartz doesn't actually tell time, so much as give a steady vibration such as to determine how long a second is
Of course, the quartz used in watches are mere oscillators, just putting it on the edge...

This is fun!

> You were thinking of an airplane.
> Do you hold it when you use it? You said Yes, I say No
I hold it by the yoke, but that's only when I'm the pilot (I'm getting my private's pilot's license btw)
> Is it flexible? You said Partly, I say No.
Every engineer knows that
> Was it used over 100 years ago? You said Yes, I say No.
The wright brothers first flew in 1903 - that makes it 102 years!
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gschjetne Wrote:>
> Do you use it at work? You said Yes, I say No.
well, maybe not work, but it's handy for telling when to go to class...

what kind of work is that where you are not using a computer?
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Hmm...let me think...
No, can't think of any Smile
But then again I'm a geek.
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My co-worker showed this to me. Personally I think it's just a cleverly marketed version of the old classic Animal program:

http://perlmonks.thepen.com/195991.html (variant on a theme, not the original)

They probably just let people work at it for a few months and then dumped the DB into some ROMs.

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