In his provocative first book, The Most Human Human: What Talking to Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive (Doubleday), former Seattle resident (and Elliott Bay regular) Brian Christian sets himself in the position of competing for the 'Most Human Human Award' in the annual Turing Test, the latter originally devised as a contest to prove that computers can 'think.' "In a fast-paced, witty, and thoroughly winning style, Christian documents his experience in the 2009 Turing Test ... Poet and science writer Christian ... through his quest, investigates the nature of human interactions, the meaning of language, and the essence of what sets us apart from machines that can process information far faster than we can. Ranging from philosophy through the construction of pickup lines to poets, Christian examines what it means to be human and how we interact with one another, and with computers as equals ... This fabulous book demonstrates that we are capable of experiencing and sharing far deeper thoughts than even the best computers—and that we too often fail to achieve the highest level of humanness." – Publishers Weekly.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
98122 Seattle
The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385533065
Availability: Special Order
Published: Doubleday - March 1st, 2011