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The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us about What It Means to Be Aliveby Brian Christian
Synopses & Reviews
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 theannual Turing Test, which pits artificial intelligence programs against people to determine if computers can think.
Named for computer pioneer Alan Turing, theTur-ing 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 acomputer. 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 cameshort 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.
Theauthor's quest to be deemed more human than a com-puter opens a window onto our own nature. Interweaving modern phenomena like customer service chatbots and men using programmeddialogue to pick up women in bars with insights from fields as diverse as chess, psychiatry, and the law, Brian Christian examines the philosophical, bio-logical, 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 forhumanity?
From the Hardcover edition.
A provocative exploration of how computers are reshaping ideas about what it means to be human profiles the annual Turing Test to assess a computer's capacity for thought while analyzing related philosophical, biological and moral issues.
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction : the most human human — Authenticating — The migratory soul — Site-specificity vs. pure technique — Getting out of book — The anti-expert — Barging in — The world's worst deponent — Not staying intact — High surprisal — Conclusion : the most human human — Epilogue : the unsung beauty of the glassware cabinet.
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