A web app that uses AI to generate quizzes and score open-form answers on whatever topics you like. [more inside]
AI Jukebox is a fascinating project from OpenAI that uses cutting-edge neural neworks to perform all sorts of musical magic -- it can take a clip of a song and continue it in a new way, sing text lyrics in any artist's voice, make a song sound like it's being sung by someone else. My favorite? Tell it to generate music by an artist without any other info, and it will produce a gibberish song with nonsense lyrics... that still sounds 100% real and just like the actual singer or band with their unique style. You can hear instruments, melodies, sometimes an audience, the breathing of the lead singer -- but the whole thing is generated completely from scratch by the AI, not with samples or digital sounds. It's not flawless -- some of the songs ramble, with glitchy effects or a mutating voice. But these just add to the vibe, like it's from a dream or a parallel universe. I went through their database to find the best examples of these tracks from the most famous artists, then turned them into an audio quiz on Sporcle -- complete with AI-generated art of the artists I made to serve as hints in the second round. How many of the artists can you name? [more inside]
I took headline A/B tests from Upworthy’s real data and turned them into a challenging quiz. [more inside]
Identify each TV show by a single frame taken from their opening titles. All those years spent on the sofa watching mindless entertainment can finally pay off, if only in Internet glory. [more inside]
I surveyed 423 people about their hygiene habits after repeatedly noticing thriving online discussions of mundane things like how often you change your bed sheets. The test compares you with the results, but it's largely just a way to browse the stats and make the point that we're all ‘disgusting’ in our own ways (almost everyone gets a fairly high score).
A short quiz to help you figure out your gender identity. Try the alternate version if the original doesn’t give a definitive answer. [more inside]
As I recently noted on FanFare, I started making this thoroughly silly quiz years ago, and only remembered it recently. So I finished it and published it on Buzzfeed's community site. There's no real joke except that all three of these things tend to have delightfully overwrought titles.
A quiz game that takes a critical look at some of the weirder propaganda coming out of Silicon Valley. It's a quick play through and I'd love feedback. There's a short writeup with screenshots for those interested: http://www.buzzfeed.com/westleyargentum/stuff-vcs-say And the code is here: https://github.com/buzzfeed-openlab/shit-vcs-say
You are presented with a bill from 2005-2014, and have to decide if that bill was sponsored by a Democrat or a Republican. Some are obvious, some are tricky, and some are really surprising! [more inside]
Are you ready for the next zombie attack? Can you survive all of the many dangers, both undead and human? A new online quiz has been published on the Zombies of the World website to help educate the public. The quiz assesses personality, skills, and attitudes toward the undead and other survivors in order to determine how likely the individual is to survive in a zombie attack.
The team I head up just launched an app we've been working on for months. It's called Split Decision: the nonsense vs knowledge game. It's a trivia game where what matters isn’t knowing the answer beforehand, it's choosing right, right now. It’s a nice inversion of what normally matters in quizzes, as the choice mechanic helps get rid of the predestination and futility you can get with Trivial Pursuit et al, and gives the game more pace and fun. [more inside]
International Waters is the pop culture comedy quiz show where land laws don't apply. Hosted by Jesse Thorn, produced by Colin Anderson, head writer Jordan Morris. Featuring Janet Varney, Paul Scheer, Josie Long, Tom Parry and celebrity guest film director Rian Johnson. [more inside]
Did you know that the web was born on August 6, 1991?! That's the day the first server went on on ol' Tim Berners-Lee's desk at CERN [wikipedia citation]. So this Saturday is its 20th birthday. To honor the web at this milestone, my agency friends and I created a quiz to find out who's got the most #webcred, and see how far we've all come (there is a question about the McDonald's homepage from 1996... remember when an editor at Wired Magazine bought the URL and took suggestions from readers about what to do with it?!). Take a trip down memory lane with us by playing our quiz, and reminiscing about the days *before* social media.
Get a random, 64 question addition/subtraction test on every view! [more inside]
New Scientist have run a column called the Last Word for past fifteen years, featuring questions like Do upside down bats get dizzy?, What's the capacity of the human brain in gigabytes? and Why can't elephants jump?. We worked with the editors at New Scientist to take 120 of the best questions and turn them into a quiz called The Last Word Challenge - and you can adapt them into your own quizzes as well! [more inside]
I occasionally make web-based quizzes for my friend's and co-workers to argue and compete over. They seem to enjoy them, perhaps you will too. How many well-known TV themes can you discern from this jumbled medley? An earlier quiz is also available.