You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place Review

AS HEARD ON NPR'S "SCIENCE FRIDAY"
Discover the book that Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink, and Adam Grant want you to read this year, an "accessible, informative, and hilarious" introduction to the weird and wonderful world of artificial intelligence (Ryan North).
"You look like a thing and I love you" is one of the best pickup lines ever... according to an artificial intelligence trained by scientist Janelle Shane, creator of the popular blog AI Weirdness. She creates silly AIs that learn how to name paint colors, create the best recipes, and even flirt (badly) with humans--all to understand the technology that governs so much of our daily lives.
We rely on AI every day for recommendations, for translations, and to put cat ears on our selfie videos. We also trust AI with matters of life and death, on the road and in our hospitals. But how smart is AI really... and how does it solve problems, understand humans, and even drive self-driving cars?
Shane delivers the answers to every AI question you've ever asked, and some you definitely haven't. Like, how can a computer design the perfect sandwich? What does robot-generated Harry Potter fan-fiction look like? And is the world's best Halloween costume really "Vampire Hog Bride"?
In this smart, often hilarious introduction to the most interesting science of our time, Shane shows how these programs learn, fail, and adapt--and how they reflect the best and worst of humanity.

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You is the perfect book for anyone curious about what the robots in our lives are thinking.
"I can't think of a better way to learn about artificial intelligence, and I've never had so much fun along the way." - Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals

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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 Reviews

  • Blair

    A fun, irreverent guide to the world of artificial intelligence from the woman behind the fantastic AI Weirdness blog. The book's central premise can be summed up in a sentence: artificial intelligenc...

  • Sleepless Dreamer

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in return for my unbiased review! This book provides an excellent summary of AI and how it works. It's written in a funny and easy go...

  • Alex Sarll

    I have to be very careful when I check Janelle Shane's AI Weirdness blog, because it has more than once left me laughing so much I couldn't breathe with its lists of an artificial intelligence's effor...

  • E.M. Swift-Hook

    Secrets Snowmen Won't tell YouIn a time when we are all being told about the terrors of sentient AI taking over the world, AI's inventing their own languages and having to be turned off and other such...

  • Shane

    This book was fun and informative enough to be worth reading, but it was also a little thin and repetitive at times. I do feel like I know more about how algorithms work and how they can go wrong, so ...

  • Merc Rustad

    A delightful, hilarious, fascinating look at what AI can (and can't) do; the illustrations are like icing, so sweet and perfect. I loved every page of this book! :D A readable, cheerful voice and ente...

  • C. S.

    "For the foreseeable future, the danger will not be that AI is too smart but that it’s not smart enough."This was a really fun read. It's not the overly optimistic tech utopia book that I was afraid...

  • Nicky Drayden

    I'm legit scared of murderbots now, so thanks? Great read. Fascinating insight into the best and worst AI has to offer....

  • Kam Yung Soh

    An excellent and hilarious book about the state of actual AI technology in the world (as opposed to the AIs you may see in popular media) and why they can do weird things. As it turns out, the weirdne...

  • Jerzy

    YES. THIS.I crack up every time I read Shane's ridiculous tumblr posts about neural-net-generated paint colors and recipes. So I asked for this book for Christmas, expecting merely a few more silly jo...