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20Q: New Version

Released on 24 April 2005

4.0 out of 5 (24 customer reviews) | Write a review

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It knows what you're thinking. The amazing 20Q will leave you and your friends amazed, as it reads your mind. If it reads your mind within 20 questions it wins, if not, you win! This is "Artificial Intelligence" in its most spherical form.

Who Invented 20Q?
Robin Burgener, the inventor of 20Q is based in Ontario, Canada. He began working on 20Q in 1988, with the game running on a 5/14 inch floppy disk. Until 1996 over 2000 games were played in this way, creating the basis for the larger online experiment, which led to the launch of the pocket version by Radica.

How does the 20Q guess what you are thinking?
The artificial intelligence behind the game is a neural-network, similar to a human brain. A brain, or neural-network, is built from neurons connected by synaptic connections. A human brain has about one hundred trillion (100,000,000,000,000) synaptic connections. The 20Q.net online version has about ten million (10,000,000), and the pocket version has about two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000). The game uses the neural-network to choose the next question as well as deciding what to guess.

How did it get so good at guessing the right answer?
The 20Q.net Web site was created in 1996 and currently plays over twelve thousand games per day. The game is still learning through playing and analyzing the results from the games played to enable it to learn new objects and hone its skills on items currently in its vocabulary. Radica's version of 20Q has taken the most popular items to create an addictive and sometimes uncannily accurate pocket mind-reader!
  • It knows what you're thinking!
  • Innovative "Artificial Intelligence" games with an exciting new design
  • The classic game of 20 Questions captured for the first time in a portable format
  • Think of something - anything and 20Q will use its artificial intelligence to guess the answer, demonstrating awesome mind reading capabilities!
  • Based on the internet version of the game
  • If it reads your mind within 20 questions it wins, if not, you win!
  • Requires 2 x AAA batteries (included)
  • Ages 8 and up

Please Note: We are unable to determine which colour 20Q you shall receive

customer Reviews

 Average rating (24 reviews)

 The 20Q "A Great Gift/Stocking Filler"

| | See all Northernbloke's reviews (4)

I like most others was very sceptical about it's claims but bought one anyway as I saw it as a possible xmas gift.
I must have used it more than a dozen times now and it has guessed right about 99% of the time !!!
I dont know how it does it but it is a great source of amusement in our household and at this price I reckon it is money well spent and you will not be disappointed.

 Very very VERY clever, but not full proof.

| | See all psychomonkeyboy's reviews (12)

I went to my friends houde and played on this little machine. I had played the larger version of this and iwas very impressed. I ll tell you how it works for those who dont know.
Step 1: Think of something, it could be anything, fish tank, indian elephant, diamond,etc.
Step 2: 20Q asks you a series of questions like: Is it a oommon household object or does it have a wight colour.
Step 3: You answer each question by cliking one of 4 buttons, their is: Yes, no, sometimes and unknown. Their is also an undo button which takes you back to the previous question.
Step 4: Answer all the questions and 20q will quess, if it gets it right then you can play another game, if not then it continous guessing until 30 questions then if it still doesnt find it then it gives up.
I have to warn you this machine is pritty smart. I can guess: Duck billed platipus and alien and if your thinking of nothing then it can guess that to and also amazingly it guessed its self !. But it cant guess everything. I got really annoyed so i thought of carbon fiber which it didnt guess. Apart from that its a brilliant little machine and well worth 8 quid. Im getting this for my mates for christams!!!!

 i should not of let her have it

| | See all wolfman1971's reviews (2)

i got 20Q for my brother for christmas when my wife asked me what i got him she was not impressed i said give it a go so she tried it and could not believe it knew what she was thinking "i dont believe it let me have another go" she said which she did and got more and more into it now she loves it and takes it everywhere so i have to get another two one for me one for my brother ..THIS IS A TOP BUY AND IT WILL HAVE YOU PLAYING IT FOR AGES AND IF IT KEEPS YOUR WIFE QUIET EVEN BETTER ...WOW

 ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!!

| | See all Stainer's reviews (1)

i bought this item for my little brother this christmas and i couldnt wrap it up. i was playin it for hours. it really is weird how it knows what your thinkin. i ran the battery out but it takes AAA batteries so it was easy to replace them. would definately reccomend this product.

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