You Look Like a Thing and I Love You by Janelle Shane

Need a good laugh? Look no further…

Thank you Little, Brown for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: “You look like a thing and I love you” is one of the best pickup lines ever… according to an artificial intelligence trained by scientist Janelle Shane, creator of the popular blog AI Weirdness. She creates silly AIs that learn how to name paint colors, create the best recipes, and even flirt (badly) with humans–all to understand the technology that governs so much of our daily lives. We rely on AI every day for recommendations, for translations, and to put cat ears on our selfie videos. We also trust AI with matters of life and death, on the road and in our hospitals. But how smart is AI really… and how does it solve problems, understand humans, and even drive self-driving cars? Shane delivers the answers to every AI question you’ve ever asked, and some you definitely haven’t. Like, how can a computer design the perfect sandwich? What does robot-generated Harry Potter fan-fiction look like? And is the world’s best Halloween costume really “Vampire Hog Bride”? In this smart, often hilarious introduction to the most interesting science of our time, Shane shows how these programs learn, fail, and adapt–and how they reflect the best and worst of humanity. You Look Like a Thing and I Love You is the perfect book for anyone curious about what the robots in our lives are thinking.

I hate to admit it, but I use artificial intelligence way too much…but gosh, I say it likes a bad thing? Our family loves Siri, Google, and Alexa, I’m not going to lie! They entertain us endlessly! Why not learn more about how they work? The book is full of fun facts about the science behind AI’s and even adorable doodles to go along with it. Even if you don’t have a science background or knowledge on technology, you will still understand and enjoy this book. And if you haven’t checked out her blog AI Weirdness, be sure to do that as well. Hilarious!

5/5 Stars

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