So much for the subtle pun here. Caterina Fake’s new web site, Hunch, promises to help you make decisions by learning about you. Sounds like a computerized Magic 8 Ball if you ask me—but you didn’t.
Anyway, I decided to check out the site, more out of technical curiosity than anything else. After answering several questions about such things like whether I could live on the street of a large city and beg for 30 days, the relevancy of Liza Minelli, and what I think about “The DaVinci Code”, I got to a question that was pretty simple. I submitted my answer and waited. And waited. And waited.
The screen came back with a message that Hunch had encountered an error and it asked me to refresh the page and try again. I did. I got a blank page. I refreshed again several times and got the same result. So I closed the browser and tried again—several times. I gave up after the 7th or 8th blank page result. Seems those who had a hunch this might not work were right.
The site is back up now, asking endless questions and some of them more than once.
It’s an interesting concept but I really don’t have the time or inclination to sign up for an online ouija board anyway. Seems those sorts of decision making devices are all “fake” anyway.
Then again, I’m not sure—it’s just a hunch.