OTTAWA, CANADA, October 16, 2006—Robin Burgener,
the inventor of the hugely popular 20Q artificial intelligence, addressed Central Michigan University’s Business Intelligence Research Committee on October 12, 2006 (http://www.cmurc.com/bi-news.htm#Research).
Top technology providers, academic representatives and corporate members of the committee heard of 20Q’s rise from a personal research project to successful commercial venture.
A key topic of discussion was the versatility of the artificial intelligence that drives Burgener’s 20Q and its application for business intelligence solutions.
The other speakers who addressed the audience were from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (http://www.ornl.gov/), the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories managed by the University of California: Lawrence Berkeley and
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (http://www.llnl.gov/llnl/about/), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (http://www.pnl.gov/).
The Business Intelligence Research Committee provides major corporations,
academic leaders and technology pioneers with a cross-industry forum for participants to share expertise and exchange knowledge applicable to business intelligence.
20Q is an artificial
intelligence, a website, a company and a phenomenon that speaks for itself online at http://20q.net. Players think of an animal, vegetable, mineral or other item, and 20Q guesses what they are thinking in twenty questions, or less.
Each time the online game is played it “learns” a little more. After more than 48 million games played, 20Q has evolved from an experiment in artificial intelligence into a software development firm that
licenses games built on the capabilities of the 20Q A.I. Robin Burgener, the inventor, has been nurturing the technology since 1988.
The future is promising for 20Q.net Inc., located in Ottawa, Canada. 20Q has been translated
into 21 languages, and the specialty versions of the handheld electronic game, 20Q Rock & Pop, 20Q Sports and 20Q Junior are in stores now. 20Q Mobile for the cell phone is licensed to I–play.