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    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    Games With A Purpose is a small site with a few simple flash games on it. What's interesting is that the games help scientists with their job.

    For example, if you've always wanted to hasten the onset of the robot apocalypse, you can play the games that help AI scientists test their prototype cybernetic overlords. Also, prizes are offered!

    The Gender Guesser one made my mum laugh b/c she was guessed to be male at a higher percentage than me. Hehehe.
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    There's an 83% chance I am female.
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    57% that I'm male
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    96% that I'm male. I guess I'm pretty stereotypical.
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    78% Female

    It's not that I really got a boner over the dear in a field and the mopeding through urban asia (ok yeah I did the second one), but when you phrase the question, "Walk on a beach, or watch some stupid fucking sports game OR HEY look it's wicked cool swirly glowing lights whooooooo", it was a no-brainer.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    68% I'm female... Oh well, I've been called worst things:P
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    91% chance I'm female.

    • CommentAuthorMementoMori
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009 edited
    Woa. 97% chance I'm a female. Perhaps I'm am a woman and just don't know. But seriously it was very easy to know what pictures were male or female oriented based solely on stereotypes.


    Did it again and now I'm 84% male. Doesn't look very scientific to me.
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    First 97% male then 87% female ... hmmm... well, that is almost the middle right ?
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    Apparently, I'm 85% chance of a female, and my dad is 91% chance of a female.

    Yeah, it seems to only be judging on stereotypes of what men and women are considered to visually like. Hardly scientific.
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    According to our calculations, there is a 91% chance that you are male.
    heh, yup this is truly a breakthrough. How did it know? Just cos I'm not into sparkly high heels?
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009 edited
    I think it's not so much supposed to be able to predict your gender, it's getting you to help it learn how to predict gender.

    I don't quite get the usefulness of being able to link gender to aesthetic preference. Short of being able to design gender-centric websites better. Which isn't really that hard to begin with.

    (Edited to add: Has anyone played Squigl yet? Jesus, I could play that all day.)
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    98% chance I'm actually female. Very disturbed right now...
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009 edited
    If the Gender Guesser offered more than two options, I think it'd make a much better experiment - a lot of the choices were very extreme, either masculine or feminine.

    I've taken it twice, the first time it said I was 58% female, the second time 58% male. Go figure.
    • CommentAuthorvian
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    I am 95% male. Who wants to go start a barfight?
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    Interesting site, but I haven't found a partner who actually wants to do the games properly yet. they all either cheat or pass...
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    @ lazarus99, what I want to know is, are the partners real people or AIs being tested?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    With the gender guesser I don't think it's expecting to get good results straight away. It seems it's more like a classification based piece of machine learning. I've written stuff like that in the past, you get pretty decent results after you've trained it. Problem is, the training can take months.

    It'll start out with every image weight exactly at 50/50 for male/female (so the first person to take the test will be told they're 50% male), then re-bias each images score slightly based on whether the user tells it it's correct or not. You'd only shift the bias a small amount each time (to prevent outliers breaking the data set), and assuming the picture pool is big enough it would eventually get a pretty solid 'gender score' for each one.

    It's never going to get everything right every time, because classification of anything is an amazingly hard thing for a machine to do (we still don't have a great idea how the brain actually does it, just that it seems to be pretty good at it).

    Man, that takes me back. Haven't thought about that kind of AI problem since I was at uni 10 years ago.
    • CommentAuthorpoor_boy
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009 edited
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    And the other third likes educated and intelligent women...
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    How long has the site been up? The gender thing might just need more info to make better guesses... Or we're all freaks... Either or, both seem reasonable.