You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

AI is everywhere. It powers the autocorrect function of your iPhone, helps Google Translate understand the complexity of language, and interprets your behavior to decide which of your friends’ Facebook posts you most want to see. In the coming years, it’ll perform medical diagnoses and drive your car–and maybe even help our authors write the first lines of their novels. But how does it actually work?

Janelle Shane, a scientist and engineer, has written for the New York Times, Slate, and The New Yorker. Through her hilarious experiments, real-world examples, and illuminating cartoons, she explains how AI understands our world, and what it gets wrong. More than just a working knowledge of AI, she hands readers the tools to be skeptical about claims of a smarter future.

A comprehensive study of the cutting-edge technology that will soon power our world, YOU LOOK LIKE A THING AND I LOVE YOU is an accessible, hilarious exploration of the future of technology and society. Its ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY meets THING EXPLAINER: An approachable guide to a fascinating scientific topic, presented with clarity, levity, and brevity by an expert in the field with a powerful and growing platform.

Reviews from people:

“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

“A delightful way to learn about the technology that’s poised to change our lives.”

—ANNALEE NEWITZ, founder of io9 and author of Future of Another Timeline

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

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