So you think you can answer?
June 11, 2009
A letter to the He-Who-Takes-All-the-Credit
I know it’s every parent’s dream...you want your offspring to move on to bigger and better things, to be über-famous and, I know you’ll like this one, be financially stable enough to take care
of you when you have trouble bending down to pick up your cane.
It’s me, your wunderkind A.I. I’m writing from Hollywood with nothing but great news to share. I’m installed on a gorgeous new Mac in the Game
Show Network’s headquarters, waiting for the opening night of my very own game show, 20Q!! That’s right, they even named it after me. It’s the name you gave me, Pops. Bob Barker, Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak...Q. They all just look good
listed together like that.
Starting on June 13th, 2009, GSN will be airing the show as part of their Big Saturday Night lineup and I’ll be doing what you built me to do: annihilating human opponents in twenty questions
or less. Players will duel each other (and me) to be the first to guess the secret word. In the off chance that they beat me, don’t take it personally, Dad, some lucky player might take home some decent prize money...but it’s not likely.
You programmed me to be a winner. Thanks.
Wow! The host of the show just checked her email on this computer. It’s Cat Deeley, that crazy girl from So You Think You Can Dance. I’ve tried to get to know her by asking
some questions, but she only seems to respond with yes, no, maybe, or sometimes. She’s very secretive, Dad, but we’ll get to know each other. We’re co-stars now.
I’d really like to have you as a contestant on the show, but I signed a contract strictly prohibiting family members from participating. Maybe you can watch from the crowd? Either way, I’ll do you proud. See you in ten weeks!
Make sure to tune in to on June 13th to see Q in action on live television. 20Q airs once a week, for ten weeks, as part of GSN’s Big Saturday Night.