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Brian Christian's The Most Human Human

MostHumanHumanHow human are you?  Author and poet Brian Christian writes about his experience of the Loebner Prize Competition.  Basically, a bunch of scientists chat online with humans and with computers, but the scientists aren't told which they are talking to.  They have 5 minutes to decide who is human and who is not.  The prize goes to the most human human, that is, the person who distinguishes him or herself as the most human through their textual conversation.  Who is off-the-wall?  Who shows their emotional intelligence?   If you're interested in our interaction with computers (and computers as equals, such as Watson on Jeopardy) as well as what makes humans different, then you should check out The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What it Means to Be Alive.

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