Monday, March 19, 2007

who is "Aaron Michels"?

The other day, I was googling some old friends, to see what their web faces looked like, and then I decided to check my own - look in the google mirror, so to speak.

I did see myself, but I also saw "Aaron Michels" as a chemist, as a leader of college republicans, and as a gay porn star. How varied we are. Interesting.

Another thing I did recently was test the 20 questions AI on my name. Basically, it tries to guess the name you are thinking of by asking you traits of the person with that name. I put in my own name and then tried to answer honestly. Based on many iterations of people doing this, the AI forms a personality profile for that name - something like an "Average Aaron".

They won't tell me what the average Aaron looks like except in contradiction to my own answers.

Apparently, the average Aaron is vain, careless, and sexy. Also skinny, weak, non-athletic, and shorter than me.

The final puzzling bit is that it asked the question "Would you like to be [Aaron]?" I answered "Yes." but apparently the correct answer is "Doubtful". Yikes!

20Q results:
You were thinking of Aaron.
Do they want to be famous? 20Q was taught by other players that the answer is Yes.
Do they make careless errors? You said No, 20Q was taught by other players that the answer is Probably.
Would you go on a date with them? You said Irrelevant, 20Q was taught by other players that the answer is Yes.
Are they active in sports? You said Sometimes, 20Q was taught by other players that the answer is Doubtful.
Are they medium height? You said No, 20Q was taught by other players that the answer is Yes.
Are they strong? You said Sometimes, 20Q was taught by other players that the answer is No.
Are they skinny? You said No, 20Q was taught by other players that the answer is Yes.
Would you like to be them? You said Yes, 20Q was taught by other players that the answer is Doubtful.

Contradictions Detected
The opinions of the 20Q A.I. are its own, and are based on the input of players. 20Q's answers reflect common knowledge. If you feel that 20Q is in error, the only way to correct it is to play again!


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1 Comments:

Blogger kate said...

hmmm, this is crazy. apparently the average kate is a boy magnet, a child born in the 90s, does not like video games, deeply religious, not active in sports, and cannot sing. er, that's not this kate. sigh.

lol where do you find this stuff?

6:16 PM  

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