By day, Janelle Shane is a research scientist in optics. She helps develop products that don’t yet exist, for entities like neuroscience research labs and NASA. By night, Janelle runs a successful artificial intelligence humor blog, AI Weirdness. On the blog, she does quirky experiments that show readers how AI thinks—for example, by showing it bits of pop culture and asking it to generate more. Some recent experiments have included using AI to generate ideas for new Halloween costumes (like Ruth Bader Hat Guy), ice cream flavors (praline cheddar swirl, yuck), and horror movie titles (The Haunting of Flesh Show). The title for this book was even created by AI—its idea of a great pick-up line. In her new book, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place (Voracious Books/Little Brown), she explains how AI understands our world and what it gets wrong. Janelle Shane was recently named to Fast Company’s highly regarded list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and presented on the main stage at the 2019 TED Talks Conference, which will air later this year.
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