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You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
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AI is everywhere. It powers the autocorrect function of your iPhone, helps Google Translate understand the complexity of language, and interprets your behavior to decide which of your friends' Facebook posts you most want to see. In the coming years, it'll perform medical diagnoses and drive your car - and maybe even help our authors write the first lines of their novels. But how does it actually work? 

Janelle Shane, a scientist and engineer, is also the go-to contributor about computer science for the New York Times, Slate, and The New Yorker. Through her hilarious experiments, real-world examples, and illuminating cartoons, she explains how AI understands our world, and what it gets wrong. More than just a working knowledge of AI, she hands readers the tools to be skeptical about claims of a smarter future. 

A comprehensive study of the cutting-edge technology that will soon power our world, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You is an accessible, hilarious exploration of the future of technology and society. It's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry meets Thing Explainer: An approachable guide to a fascinating scientific topic, presented with clarity, levity, and brevity by an expert in the field with a powerful and growing platform. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2019 Janelle Shane (P)2019 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"Janelle Shane makes the kind of neural networks that go viral. Her quirky creations autonomously stumble and grumble... the output of her networks is typically silly and charming in equal measure." (Slate)

"Creative and hilarious." (New York Post

"Janelle Shane is quickly becoming the internet's neural network queen." (Nerdist

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I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords

Just kidding. Neither insects or artificial intelligence are about to overtake humans. Learn how AI really works, what it can and can’t do. Plus, a lot of amusing failures. An entertaining book.

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Funny and smart, but biased on bias

Datasets and AI will never produce unbiased results. Manually changing the outcomes produces bias, leaving it the same produces bias. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, very funny and thought provoking on philosophy, statistics, and psychology without directly mentioning these. I will share as much of this as I can. Thanks!

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