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Akinator is a website and mobile app that features a cartoon genie who asks several questions before attempting to guess the fictional or real character the player is thinking of. The was inspired by the game “20 questions”, and was created by French programmers Jeff Deleau and Arnaud Olivi in 2007.
The genie will ask up to 20 yes or no questions before guessing what character the playing is thinking of. If Akinator guesses incorrectly, it will proceed to ask several more questions before guessing again. If it is unable to guess correctly 3 times, it will prompt the player to enter the actual character’s name.
The database covers a wide variety of characters and will even show you pictures of the ones he guesses.
Search queries for “akinator” saw their first spike in January of 2010, and again in June of 2012.
Since Akinator is able to learn from players that manage to stump the AI, it frequently has Internet memes added to it’s database.