Compu-Chick

A mid-1980s alternative to Compuserve.



It was actually an interactive exhibit at the I.Q. Zoo, the famous animal training facility and tourist attraction in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Founded in 1955 by Marian and Keller Breland (students of the psychologist B.F. Skinner), it stayed open until 1990.

Apparently you typed in questions, and the chicken would type a response. From the "official online home of the IQ-Zoo":

Developed in the 1980s, when smaller computers were becoming popular, Compu-Chick "appeared" to answer questions typed by the visitor. A small keyboard in front of the chicken, containing small lights that were invisible to the visitor, "cued" the chicken as to which letters on the keyboard to type.


I'm not sure, but maybe Google's "PigeonRank" technology, which the company revealed on April 1, 2002 to be the secret behind their search results, could have been inspired by Compu-Chick.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 29, 2016
Category: Animals, 1980s





Comments
So it was basically a computer game that involved playing with your pecker.
Posted by Fritz G in Cloud Eight on 10/30/16 at 07:49 AM
I suppose they used chickens because they couldn't obtain an infinite number of monkeys?
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 10/31/16 at 08:30 AM
Hey is that a TRS-Eggy?
Posted by f'd on 11/04/16 at 09:32 PM
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