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"I propose to consider the question, 'Can machines think?'" With that provocative query, Alan Turing (1912-1954) opened perhaps the most penetrating inquiry ever into what it really means to be human. Each year, the Turing Test that he devised places a remotely located contestants before a panel of judges who pose difficult questions to determine if each respondent is a computer or a human. Brian Christian, the author of this book, was chosen as a participant in the 2009 test, no doubt partly because of the range of his interests: He has degrees in philosophy, computer science, and poetry. In this engaging book, he describes what this competition about artificial intelligence has taught him about what is most human about humans.