You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place

Janelle Shane (Author)

Product Details

$28.00  $25.76
Publish Date
November 05, 2019
5.9 X 1.2 X 8.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Janelle Shane has a PhD in electrical engineering and a master's in physics. At, 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.


"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 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
"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
"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
"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
One of the most anticipated books of the fall! - Adam Grant, Ars Technica, Philadelphia Inquirer, Next Big Idea Club, BookPage
"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
"Irresistibly funny and compelling."--Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools
"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