The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us about What It Means to Be Alive

The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us about What It Means to Be Alive

by Brian Christian
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The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us about What It Means to Be Alive by Brian Christian

The Most Human Human is a provocative, exuberant, and profound exploration of the ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Its starting point is the annual Turing Test, which pits artificial intelligence programs against people to determine if computers can “think.”

Named for computer pioneer Alan Turing, the Tur­ing Test convenes a panel of judges who pose questions—ranging anywhere from celebrity gossip to moral conundrums—to hidden contestants in an attempt to discern which is human and which is a computer. The machine that most often fools the panel wins the Most Human Computer Award. But there is also a prize, bizarre and intriguing, for the Most Human Human.

In 2008, the top AI program came short of passing the Turing Test by just one astonishing vote. In 2009, Brian Christian was chosen to participate, and he set out to make sure Homo sapiens would prevail.

The author’s quest to be deemed more human than a com­puter opens a window onto our own nature. Interweaving modern phenomena like customer service “chatbots” and men using programmed dialogue to pick up women in bars with insights from fields as diverse as chess, psychiatry, and the law, Brian Christian examines the philosophical, bio­logical, and moral issues raised by the Turing Test.

One central definition of human has been “a being that could reason.” If computers can reason, what does that mean for the special place we reserve for humanity?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385533065
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

BRIAN CHRISTIAN holds a dual degree from Brown University in computer science and philosophy, and an MFA in poetry. His work has appeared in both literary and scientific journals.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely; it is extremely well-written, well-paced and takes the reader on a fascinating journey through connected threads of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, linguistics, cultural contextualization, interpersonal interaction and 'thought'. This whole topic is so much more than 'just' IBM's Watson winning a Jeopardy match against two former champions. The book opens up a wide array of discussions on what makes human thought unique from the (astounding) capabilities of the machines we are able to create.so far, at least. I would definitely recommend the 'Most Human Human' to anyone. Even Watson would find this a great read!
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((My house is at result 37))~Grace
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This book leads you on a fascinating journey about Turing Tests, computer chess, artificial intelligence, and much more. You will percieve the world differently after reading it. Highly recommended to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess it was the best book gir me to pick up... new years resolurion is to read more books ( probobly just the 3rd or 4th ive finished evr!) And this book kept my atenrion the whole way. He talks abijt every rhig snd anyrjing and sometimes you even forget what its all even abiut but it all oulls together nicely i the end and i live how it was written.
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