May 27, 2013

Book: The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive

Amazon's Book Description:
Each year, the AI community convenes to administer the famous (and famously controversial) Turing test, pitting sophisticated software programs against humans to determine if a computer can “think.” The machine that most often fools the judges wins the Most Human Computer Award. But there is also a prize, strange and intriguing, for the “Most Human Human.”

Brian Christian—a young poet with degrees in computer science and philosophy—was chosen to participate in a recent competition. This playful, profound book is not only a testament to his efforts to be deemed more human than a computer, but also a rollicking exploration of what it means to be human in the first place.

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I played with Eliza clone when I was a kid, and fascinated by it at first, but got quickly bored of its simple responses.  Nowadays, it's probably true that everyone has talked to a voice automated system or chat-bot for support on some company's web site.  And there are several chat-bot apps for mobile platforms.

As I study on various AI topics like NLP, ANN, etc, and got to know about Turing Test.  This book talks about Turing test and related thoughts, that makes (me) to think about languages, intelligence and meaning of communication more deeply and in different ways.

It is not a technical book with full of algorithms and mathematics.  It's an easy reading you can breeze through it quickly, but still gain a lot of insights and many interesting stories to be fascinated of, and thought provoking.

I really enjoyed the book and couldn't wait 'til get a chance to read it each day.  No wonder why this book got so many good reviews on Amazon.

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