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March 03, 2005
is a search engine that attempts to find answers to plain English queries. I've found it useful in a small way. Here's your challenge ... what question or questions will drive it completely bug-eyed mad?
18 years ago
ummm... it wasnt hard- if by "bug-eyed mad" you mean "find a very simple factual question it cant answer." http://www.brainboost.com/search.asp?Q=what%27s+the+capital+of+California%3F
I'm more looking for incredibly stupid answers, however ... maybe it doesn't like the
Koans. Definitely koans.
It had no idea where my socks are.
It also didn't know if it was animal or vegatable
drjimmy11, you misspelled
However, it did come up with a great link when asked,
"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
AI: 1, the_bone: 0
muffpub: I'm pretty sure it's "capitol" only when talking about Washington D.C., and "capital" elsewhere. I could be wrong though. I'm gonna ask Brainboost about this.
"Capital or capitol?"
I was kind of right.
Well, sonofabitch. It knows the
airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow
, though it forgot to ask whether or not I was referring to an african or european swallow.
I tried to find out
will ye no come back again
. It gave the lyrics but no conclusion as to the likely future appearance of Red Charlie Stuart.
who was the wisest monkey?
Stupid thing obviously hasn't heard of MoFi....
Not only is Jimmy Hoffa alive, he's a woman.
I asked it that age-old question that is the bane of our existence -
would Superman beat Mighty Mouse?
It shat itself.
Is Brain Boost a complete failure?
comes up with an interesting result.
And for those who really must know if
Sponge Bob is gay?
... I asked the same question, before I opened the comments page! Eerie!
Holy shit! I asked
"spit or swallow,"
and the first link shown was
It told me the meaning of life is a set of Eric Idle lyrics.
Along with a great lot of other nonsense.
It doesn't seem to know whether to be or not to be.
Well, that is the question islander. Obviously not so multilingual - I tried a
which it didn't know even though it was first asked getting on for 2,500 years ago.
What question will drive BrainBoost completely bug-eyed mad?
It seems pretty confident that you'll fail to find the answer to that one.
Is Chuckie Cheese an orangutan? produces the no answer answer.
I've always wanted to know who put the bop in the bop-she-bop-she-bop? And apparently, it was Ted Kennedy.
If I have three bananas, and I give you two bananas, how many bananas do I now have?
. Man, I really need to know the answer to that one too.
I asked "Who wrote the book of love?" It seems to think it was The Backstreet Boys.
Somebody had to do it.
I asked it
Did you hear about the fire at the circus?
It did not give me the correct answer of "it was intense", but it did tell me about the Hartford Circus fire of 1944.
Some interesting products
Koans. Definitely koans.
I don't know... it does OK with
"What is the sound of one hand clapping?"
Brainboost does not know where my pants aren't.
Although it does provide some interesting answers to the question :
Where are my pants?
Apparently, Additional pants are located in the shed behind the Rec Center.
Who took my frog?
A librarian becomes the prime suspect.
It seems Hopkin and his owner have been
I think this AI still needs some work
Dammit Freen! I had just gotten ready to post that same answer! (About the pants, that is).
AnswerBus or BrainBoost returned 3 answers each; BrainBoost or AnswerBus also returned 3 answers, but BrainBoost included
the second time around:
* AnswerBus , a natural - language Web search tool I mentioned a while back that attempts to answer questions you enter, has some competition. Its called BrainBoost and it looks even better. and notice that BrainBoost provides two useful answers in the top 10 results, while AnswerBus provides none.
Does it learn from previous questions? And BrainBoost was much faster!
An old favorite of mine yields some appealing chaos:
What is the answer to this question?
The answer to this question is .. I need to improve my memory. The second answer to this question is to be the embodiment of unconditional love on Earth. The answer to this question is: (A) A (B) B (C) C (D) D (E) E 20. The answer to this question is that it all depends on the reason the lamb has a belly in the first place.
, among others.
BrainBoostwhacking Q: Give me the winning lotto numbers for next week. A: Matched 4 numbers once and 3 numbers the next week. Q: What will win in the derby tomorrow A:There we go, sticking his neck out. He thinks Chiefs will win that big derby the Soweto Derby tomorrow at FNB Stadium.
[this is way cool] Q: how many pairs of underpants are you wearing? A: All I need to do is to buy 19 pairs of underpants, take off the ones I am wearing, plus the spare pair, wash all 21 of them at once, before I leave on my trip, leave them all at home and wear no underpants at all.
Q: Why do people never say "YUMMM. This chicken tastes like frog?"