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November 11, 2005 9:09 AM   Subscribe

computers can read your mind!
posted by tarantula (42 comments total)

 
Older than old. Still, I won't spoil it.
posted by fire&wings at 9:13 AM on November 11, 2005


Whoa! Deja vue all over again.
posted by michaelonfs at 9:14 AM on November 11, 2005


This was simple to figure out the FIRST time I saw it on the net... which might have been about 1952 or so, I think.....

Anyone who can't get this after one try is obligated to turn in your mefi membership, you are just too stupid to be here..
posted by HuronBob at 9:14 AM on November 11, 2005


Someone needs to spoil it, because I sure as hell don't know how it does it.
posted by handshake at 9:14 AM on November 11, 2005


It's an incredibly old trick -- but the ability to click, drag, and paste JPEGs makes it incredibly stupid to try on a computer. Why would someone think this trick would fool anyone online?
posted by cribcage at 9:15 AM on November 11, 2005




Wow, Felix is amazing
posted by prostyle at 9:17 AM on November 11, 2005


I wonder if the computer knew I was thinking, "wow that's a lot of ads plastered on a really shitty layout".
posted by Armitage Shanks at 9:19 AM on November 11, 2005


GET OUT OF MY BRAIN GET OUT GET OUT ok thanks
posted by brain_drain at 9:21 AM on November 11, 2005


'Struth, though. The VAX systems had critical detectors.
posted by alumshubby at 9:21 AM on November 11, 2005


I tried to fool it by picking two cards. It still read my mind! Amazing!
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:22 AM on November 11, 2005


Wait. This was a trick?
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:25 AM on November 11, 2005


If you like that trick, you may want to check this.
posted by StickyCarpet at 9:25 AM on November 11, 2005


Handshake: there are no cards the same from screen 1 to screen 2.

Therefore, any card you pick will not be in the 2nd list.

It relies on the assumption that you will not remember what the other cards are that are not what you "picked".
posted by Ynoxas at 9:25 AM on November 11, 2005


It read my mind even though I simultaneously picked every card shown AND all the non-face-cards in the entire rest of the deck@!!!@!
posted by damehex at 9:26 AM on November 11, 2005


I wonder if the computer knew I was thinking, "wow that's a lot of ads plastered on a really shitty layout".

Use FireFox, and grab the first two extensions on this page and the ads completely dissappear.

As for the "trick", cute but it's easy to figure out if you pay close attention to the cards.
posted by purephase at 9:27 AM on November 11, 2005


I am composing an FPP featuring an even better mind reading tool called Think of a TV character and I will read your mind

I can absolutely guarantee no one on metafilter has EVER seen this
posted by poppo at 9:28 AM on November 11, 2005


I shall now attempt to read your thoughts. Please mentally select a card and concentrate on it.

I mentally selected a card that wasn't shown.

DIDN'T SEE THAT ONE COMING DID YOU MINDREADING COMPUTER
posted by 23skidoo at 9:29 AM on November 11, 2005


It said "select a card," but it didn't specify that it had to be one shown, so I picked the Ace of Spades :-)

Interestingly, this computer exactly matched the predictive power of every psychic I've seen. Psychics beware, you'll soon be replaced by computers too!
posted by Mr Pointy at 9:34 AM on November 11, 2005


This was simple to figure out the FIRST time I saw it on the net... which might have been about 1952 or so, I think.....

Yeah right Bob. Any self respecting geek knows the internet was invented in 1953. Get your facts straight, bub!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 9:37 AM on November 11, 2005


As an aside, I have a tattoo of Felix just like that gif.
posted by swift at 9:40 AM on November 11, 2005


Thank you, Poppo, but an FPP featuring an even better mind reading tool does not respond well to Bilko. Should I persevere?
posted by Schroder at 9:43 AM on November 11, 2005


Poppo, I can only hope that was a joke because I remember when that was posted back in 2003.
posted by tittergrrl at 9:44 AM on November 11, 2005


When I was a kid, we played "The Wizard". Someone picks a random card from the deck, shows it to all, then your host phones The Wizard, and says "May I please speak to The Wizard?" (Then "Just a minute," when the Wizard answers) and passes the phone around, with The Wizard repeating the name of the chosen card. You can do it again with a different card, and with exactly the same words spoken, The Wizard will know your card. No trick deck, and the card isn't forced. Very clever.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:45 AM on November 11, 2005


Guess the Dictator and/or Television Sit-Com Character.
posted by Blue Buddha at 9:52 AM on November 11, 2005


swift: Do you ever get tired of it pacing around like that?
posted by Laen at 10:03 AM on November 11, 2005


I remember when this didn't have giant, annoying ads everywhere...
posted by delmoi at 10:18 AM on November 11, 2005


I have a tattoo of Felix just like that gif.

Does it move?
posted by lodurr at 10:20 AM on November 11, 2005


Guessing the TV show, not so much. STARBLAZERS stumps the computer.
posted by moonbird at 10:50 AM on November 11, 2005


As an aside, I have a tattoo of Felix just like that gif.
posted by swift at 11:40 AM CST on November 11 [!]


You have an animated tatoo? SWEET!
posted by Ynoxas at 11:26 AM on November 11, 2005


Aww... This card trick's ancient. I was hoping for a new one. At least something as fun as the BK Darth Vader one. :P
posted by slf at 11:53 AM on November 11, 2005


yes i was kidding. your sarcasmometer has malfunctioned :)
posted by poppo at 11:54 AM on November 11, 2005


Guessing the TV show didn't get Futurama after dozens of questions. I'm correct in saying that it doesn't take place in New York right? Or is New New York considered New York, just newer, and with a different name?
posted by parallax7d at 12:21 PM on November 11, 2005


Hey, it got me the first time and I posted it to MeFi to so don't feel too bad, except for the double posting part.
posted by fenriq at 1:10 PM on November 11, 2005


hey, when I scroll little felix off the top of the screen, is he still walking up there, under the edge of the browser window??? I've got the flat screen of the iMac tipped all the way back and I'm trying to squint up under there, but I can't see him.....

Could someone with a larger monitor please check??
posted by HuronBob at 1:44 PM on November 11, 2005


hey, when I scroll little felix off the top of the screen, is he still walking up there, under the edge of the browser window???

Nah. He's taking a coffee break and having a smoke.
posted by Skygazer at 2:21 PM on November 11, 2005


hey, when I scroll little felix off the top of the screen, is he still walking up there, under the edge of the browser window??

Uh, no. I'm not comfortable saying what he IS doing, but, uh, you kinda know what he's doing.

Naughty cats need love too.
posted by Ynoxas at 2:41 PM on November 11, 2005


Felix rocks though. It's great the way he's able to fashion the punctation marks (!! or ? or even musical notes) that appear above his head into tools that help out of a jam. In Felix's world there's a highly permeable threshold between the abstract and the ontological.

Um. That card trick. 1952 internets. Totally.
posted by Skygazer at 2:58 PM on November 11, 2005


Well go on then, wgp. How is the Wizard trick done?
posted by salmacis at 2:00 AM on November 12, 2005


Well go on then, wgp. How is the Wizard trick done?
posted by salmacis at 4:00 AM CST on November 12 [!]


Basically, the person on the other side starts reciting cards, and when they hit the right one, the person then "stops" them and hands the phone.

The most efficient way is with 2 phrases, which he uses above. When the person answers, they start naming the suits, hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs. When they say the right suit, that's when the caller goes "Hello, is the wizard there".

Then, they start with cards, ace, two, three, four, etc. When they hit the right card, the caller says "just a minute" and hands the phone around.

Therefore, the wizard knows he was stopped at diamonds, and stopped at six, therefore, the card is the 6 of diamonds.
posted by Ynoxas at 7:44 AM on November 12, 2005


That's it. You get a phone call out of the blue, asking for The Wizard when you've forgotten about him entirely, and you have to start counting, remembering at what number and suit you're interrupted. Completely boggles people's minds, though.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:06 AM on November 12, 2005


Actually, unless the wizard does nothing else with his/her phone other than answer card-trick phone calls, they won't know to start listing off the suits until after "Hello, is the wizard there," right? So I guess you'd need a "yes, I'll hold" to choose the suit and then something like "just a minute" to choose the card value before handing the phone around.
posted by nobody at 9:58 AM on November 14, 2005


When you're tuned for clues, they can be extremely subtle.
You could easily get it down to clearing your throat.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:06 AM on November 14, 2005


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