Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Challenge Darth Vader

Okay, it's corny. Shtick. A commercial gimmick. But kinda fun. In 20 questions or less, Vader will tell you what you were thinking, and he's uncannily accurate. It shows how unimaginative the average person is, if an algorithm can determine the choice he/she makes.

Shades of artificial intelligence? Naw. It's what's called a Viral Try, a program that lets you talk to the screen, and is used by Burger King as a publicity campaign. It hasn't convinced me to go out and buy a burger, but I had my 10 minutes of fun.

If you want to have a real taste of the Dark Side, read Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the American Meal. If you read it, you'll never eat fast food again.

1 comment:

Robyn said...

Fun! I thought sure he'd be stumped by kangaroo and artichoke.