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You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

A funny, enlightening and non-technical primer on how AI language systems work, their strengths and weaknesses. If you like the author's blog AI Weirdness, this book is for you!

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The valley of the chatbots

In this review, we’ll check out Janelle Shane’s witty primer on the strengths and weaknesses of machine learning today, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You.
Easy-reading AI theory primer by Janelle Shane

In this review, we’ll check out Janelle Shane’s witty primer on the strengths and weaknesses of machine learning today, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You.  She helps us understand some complex technical concepts, and effectively educates us about the gap between our cultural expectation of the capabilities of AI today, and the strange, beautiful and sometimes dangerous limitations of real machine learning systems. And the examples are very funny!

The Uncanny Valley, courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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We’ll read this book and report back on these four things you care about:

Art and science

We’ll wrap up our review with a quick survey of accessible AI today.  What tools and services make experimentation easy, if any?  And a mini-brainstorming session: what can we build?

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