Reviews

  • An eye-opening inquest into human imagination, thought, conversation, love and deception

    David Eagleman, author of Sum
  • Strange, fertile and sometimes beautiful ... takes both the deep limitations and halting progress of artificial intelligence as an occasion for thinking about the most human activity

    Matthew Crawford, author of The Case for Working with Your Hands
  • Immensely ambitious and bold, intellectually provocative, while at the same time entertaining and witty - a delightful book about how to live a meaningful, thriving life

    Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams
  • Such an important book ... Brian Christian takes on this very weighty task, and somehow makes it fun

    Brian Shenk, author of The Genius in all of Us
  • Fast-paced, witty, and thoroughly winning ... investigates the nature of human interactions, the meaning of language, and the essence of what sets us apart from machines ... fabulous

    Publishers Weekly
  • An irreverent picaresque ... What Christian learns along the way is that if machines win the imitation game as often as they do, it's not because they're getting better at acting human; it's because we're getting worse ... An authentic son of Frost, he learns by going where he has to go, and in doing so proves that both he and his book deserve their title

    The New York Times
  • Absorbing ... Christian cleverly suggests that the Turing Test not only tells us how smart computers are but also teaches us about ourselves. ... covers a great deal of ground with admirable clarity but with a lightness of touch ... has a real knack for summing up key ideas by applying them to real-life situations

    Julian Baggini, Wall Street Journal