You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place (Hardcover)
Title: You Look Like a Thing and I Love You
If only AI knew how funny it was to us humans! Janelle Shane does a fantastic job making the science behind machine learning algorithms informatively hilarious; she started a humor blog called aiweirdness.com devoted entirely to ridiculous AI miscalculations.
Read this for a fun way to learn about AI, or just to laugh at the absurd results that the AI brains produce as they try oh so very hard to think like a human. Indeed, most examples read like experimental poetry written by aliens.
Find out why we're safe from an AI apocalypse (for now), how AI use pick-up lines (which produced this book's title) and how to bake things that AIs think humans will eat (we won't.)
Here's one example of an original AI recipe for "Spread Chicken Rice"
2 lb hearts, seeded
1 cup shredded fresh mint or raspberry pie
1/2 cup catrimas, grated
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 1/2 tbsp sugar, sugar
And you don't even want to see the step-by-step instructions.
According to one AI neural net, this book is “a featureless masterpiece of tough-minded language.” Click here to read more hilarious AI reviews of this book.— From Tim
About the Author
Janelle Shane has a PhD in electrical engineering and a master's in physics. At aiweirdness.com, she writes about artificial intelligence and the hilarious and sometimes unsettling ways that algorithms get human things wrong. She has been featured on the main TED stage, and in the New York Times, The Atlantic, WIRED, PopularScience, All Things Considered, Science Friday, Marketplace, and more. She was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and an Adweek Young Influential. She is almost certainly not a robot.
One of the most anticipated books of the fall! - Adam Grant, Ars Technica, Philadelphia Inquirer, Next Big Idea Club, BookPage
"If you're terrified that artificial intelligence is going to take over the world, you clearly haven't asked a computer to write pick-up lines, name pets, or do anything else social or creative. Janelle Shane has, and she's the perfect tour guide to explain what machine learning can and can't do--and why it's already affecting your life. 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
"While everyone else is making questionable predictions about the future of AI, Janelle Shane cuts through the fog by telling you how AI actually works. And even better: she makes it fun!"—Zach Weinersmith, creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and New York Times bestselling author of Soonish
"An incredibly accessible, informative, and hilarious look at how the AIs deciding things around us operate."—Ryan North, New York Times bestselling author of How to Invent Everything
"What better way to explain AI than through examples of what it can and cannot do? Shane is an expert at this and fills the book with hilarious AI experiments as well as a bunch of complementary, charming cartoons. Her writing style is also so approachable that anybody, not just the engineer-minded or the tech-savvy, can understand the often abstract concepts she details."—Ars Technica
"This accessible guide to AI and machine learning cuts through the techno-hype... You Look Like a Thing and I Love You should be essential reading."—Booklist
"Ideal for those intrigued and/or mildly unnerved by the increasing role A.I. plays in modern life (and our future), this book is accessible enough to educate you while easing anxieties about the coming robot apocalypse. A surprisingly hilarious read, it presents a view of A.I. that is more "Office Space" than "The Terminator."—The Wall Street Journal
"AI, AI, AI, that's all you hear... but what is it, really? Why should we care? And why is it driving so much innovation, remaking our world seemingly day by day? Shane is a computer scientist and a great guide."—Philadelphia Inquirer
"An accessible primer... illustrated with charming cartoons, oddball case studies (self-driving cars in Australia were confused by kangaroos), and wry observations about the often-hilarious failures of artificial intelligence to comprehend human contexts."—Publishers Weekly
"If you're worried about what AI is doing to the world, this book may not exactly reassure you, but it will definitely equip you with greater understanding. Recommended for anyone who wants to better comprehend the strengths and limitations of artificial intelligence, but also for anyone who likes watching computers fail hilariously."—Gretchen McCulloch, New York Times bestselling author of Because Internet
"Janelle Shane has hit the trifecta--the most hilarious, most educational, and overall best explanation of artificial intelligence ever written (and drawn)."—Eric Topol, author of Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again
"A delightful way to learn about the technology that's poised to change our lives."—Annalee Newitz, author of Future of Another Timeline
"If you're interested in knowing more about machine learning and artificial intelligence, or in trying to understand our robot overlords, or if you just love weird and interesting science, you can't miss this book."—David Ha, lead researcher, Google Brain
"A fun, commonsense guide to the technology that's shaping our future."—William Poundstone, author of The Doomsday Calculation
"Irresistibly funny and compelling."—Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools
...a deft, informative and often screamingly funny primer on the ways that machine learning can (and often does) go wrong.—Physics World
In a field often bogged down by technical jargon, [Shane]’s book is a funny and accessible primer on AI, and her talk at TED 2019 addresses that the dangers of AI are much stranger than science fiction might have you believe.—Adweek