Evolving Thoughts

Alpha Fail



  1. #1 Adrian Morgan
    May 20, 2009

    If we exhert a little effort and persuade five of those species to become extinct, then we could claim “how many species of swallow are native to Africa?” as a candidate for Ultimate Question (also as a Grand Unification: Python/Adams).

  2. #2 John S. Wilkins
    May 20, 2009

    But there’s an answer, as I noted before. Alpha should know that…

  3. #3 ihateaphids
    May 20, 2009

    we tried this in the lab yesterday, it does give you a very detailed answer for the European swallow.

  4. #4 John S. Wilkins
    May 20, 2009

    Laden, or unladen?

  5. #5 PsyberDave
    May 20, 2009

    I entered, “What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?”

    The correct answer was given. I am now at peace.

  6. #6 Michael
    May 20, 2009

    Great minds think alike — the swallow speed was the 1st question I typed in!

    Given that the engine has trouble parsing much simpler inputs I’ve tried, this is almost certainly a hard-coded answer, like 42. So double fail.

  7. #7 Chris L
    May 20, 2009

    It didn’t know who did the twiddly bits along the coast of Norway. If they’re going to code in one Guide reference…

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