Santa Fe Institute

The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive

by Brian Christian
Feb. 29, 2012
Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, and The Guardian.

Each year Turing Test sponsors confer the title of "Most Human Computer" to the machine most successful at persuading the judges it’s human. But there is another prize, bizarre and intriguing, for the real person who does best; the "Most Human Human" award.

Using his experiences as a “confederate” in the 2009 Turing test, and drawing on science, philosophy, literature and the arts, Brian Christian discusses the profound ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human.