This is such a wonderful, thoughtful book about what it means to be human. Centered around the Turing Test, an annual competition for computers to exhibit intelligent behavior alongside human competitors in various language based assessments, the author trains to win The Most Human Human prize. While the prize is sort of a gag (since the competition is really meant to test the computers against real live people) the author starts to meditate on what it might mean to be the most human human and in the process discusses many interesting happenings in artificial intelligence as well as examples of people acting less than human. How many robotic, thoughtless, automatic tasks make up your day. How many things in your life are just like computer routines, written into your code at one point and run when necessary?
I read this almost a year ago and I still think about some of the things brought up.
I'm a diverse individual with a Masters in both Theology and Computer Science, a fellow traveler and explorer going after all the marrow I can get out of life!
This is a fascinating look at who we are as human beings from the perspective of a person picked to take part in a challenge to pick the computer out from a group of people. How far have computers come? Can they be mistaken for human beings? They can mimic human beings but what is it, really, that makes us different from them? This is the story of a man in a struggle to make that determination and be forced to test it. Think about it... you go to a web site and you are invited to "chat" with someone about the products offered on that site: are you chatting with a real human being? How can you tell? How you can tell, is what this book is about...
Probably... someday. The book touches on many different areas - all of which go into what it is to be human - many areas where one's own humanity could be considered sorely lacking. I also hope and expect to read the sequel, as I expect that the Turing contest is only going to get more interesting as time goes on.
Not sure. I will say that my very next audible.com purchase was "The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human" by Jonathon Gottschall. Narrated by Kris Koscheski.
It is a must read for any computer savy person. Funny but it made me think. What are the limits of computers? What the substance of human and how it could be evaluated via quick interview?
Hi. My name is Mann & I am an Enterprise Communications expert by profession. I have always loved reading books and primarily enjoy books on Finance, Science & Technology and History. I do hear an occasional Fictional book though I prefer to read them instead.
Definitely. The book specially gains momentum in the second half with some extremely thought provoking essays and insights into the realm of artificial intelligence and what computing holds for us in future.
Information. Though I prefer The Most Human Human more than information. This book is about a human struggle to define his humanity against computing. Its more philosophical in nature too.
I loved his intonation and pauses. His grasp over the subject matter seemed complete. He navigated the complex terrain of computer science with remarkable poise.
The Most Human Human.
A great read of people involved with technology. This book offers some beautiful essays into the nature of technology and how AI may unfold in future. But yeah, it is a little slow in the beginning but gain momentum in the second half.
Easily among the best!
This book made me revisit the philosophical question,
I loved the mix of science and anecdote in this book. As a software engineer with an interest in all areas of science, I found the meditations on what it means to be human and whether machines could ever qualify for the title fascinating. I think the book would appeal to a broad range of people. It is written in a really accessible fashion. The narration is also excellent.
I really liked the story behind the title for the book
This book builds some great insights into both humanity and and computer science. i would defiantly recommend it to anyone with technical interests
I dont think i have read much that goes along these lines, but it looks like there is plenty out there
animated and articulate but at times a little unclear
i think this book says quite a lot for its length compared with many other books, defiantly worthwhile...
Although I thought this book would go into more depth about AI, the philosophical questions about what it means to be human and conscious that Brian Christian brings up were quite interesting and thought-provoking. I started to get a little lost in the final chapters, but overall, this was an enjoyable listen.
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My only snag with it is it pretty much contains the same information that a whole lot of other books written my journalist write. If your looking for this kind of concepts read something by malcolm Gladwell. If you like a good story and and have already gone through the other journalists this is worth the listen.