Yesterday, I got a challenge from Ramona Meharg that I couldn’t ignore.
I like things that are artificial intelligence-y and this seemed to have that type of approach so I gave it a shot.
The website is called Akinator.
The concept is pretty simple; sort of a digital spin to the 20 questions game that we played as kids. When I had visited the site, there had been 700847537 games played. That’s quite impressive.
So, ever up for the challenge, I gave it a shot. I wanted badly to win so I chose something Canadian – hockey and just pulled a name out of my memory but then felt guilty and went with a name that might be more well known – Bobby Orr. And, I lost. Or rather the Akinator won.
That was impressive.
How would it do with my original choice – Jean Beliveau?
How’s this for close?
Ah, I’ve still got it!
What was interesting was the followup where I could provide details so that the next player might not be so lucky. In other words, Akinator was learning.
Anyway, it’s 1 and 1 for me.
Are you up to the challenge? If you’re interested in using it in the classroom, there is a child mode. I didn’t test it extensively but none of the questions that I was asked were inappropriate.
So, thanks, Ramona.