The Most Human Human: A Defence of Humanity in the Age of the Computer
Author: Brian Christian
For the first time in history, we are interacting with computer programmes so sophisticated that we think they're human beings . . .
This is a remarkable feat of human ingenuity, but what does it say about our humanity? Are we really no better at being human than the machines we've created? In this brilliantly witty and inspiring investigation, Brian Christian explores first-hand the urgent moral and practical implications of this remarkable development. Drawing on science, philosophy, literature and the arts, and touching on aspects of life as diverse as language, work, school, chess, speed-dating, art, video games, psychiatry and the law, The Most Human Human shows that far from being a threat to our humanity, computers provide a better means than ever before of understanding what it is.
In this book, you will discover . . .
- Why computers can fly planes but can't ride bikes
- How Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov but why it didn't count
- Why arguments have in common with amnesia
- Why speaking to a computer is like a bad date
- What life is all about and how to live it better
'A lively personable read and an empowering affirmation of our species.' 4* Time Out
'A fast-paced, witty and thoroughly winning style . . . fabulous.' Publishers Weekly
'An eye-opening inquest.' David Eagleman, author
'Strange, fertile and sometimes beautiful.' Matthew Crawford, author