By: Peter Hall

Computer guessing games are not new by any means, but they often involve easily quantifiable variables like numbers or playing cards. Akinator, on the other hand, will guess (most) any character from film, TV, book or anime within a series of 20 questions. Oh, robots, is there nothing you can do?

I started off with an obvious choice inspired by Inglourious Basterds. Akinator may not have the gift behind the pen Tarantino does, but he can still correctly guess King Kong. So I tried something a little harder, the titular monster from John Carpenter's The Thing. An amorphous shapeshifter should throw it off course, right? Wrong, Akinator still got it. Same goes for Chev Chelios, John Connor, Stephen Hawking, Steven Spielberg, and even The Blob.

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