Brian Christian

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Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human, which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a New Yorker favorite book of the year. He is the author, with Tom Griffiths, of Algorithms to Live By, a #1 Audible bestseller, Amazon best science book of the year and MIT Technology Review best book of the year.

Christian’s writing has been translated into nineteen languages, and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and in scientific journals such as Cognitive Science. Christian has been featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Radiolab, and The Charlie Rose Show, and has lectured at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, the Santa
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The Alignment Problem by Brian Christian
"One of the best books on AI and ML I have ever read. Asks some fundamental questions. This is ground breaking work and will become a classic. "
The Alignment Problem by Brian Christian
"A very well-written book on AI alignment that is more focused on recent research efforts and practical algorithms rather than higher-level philosophical ideas like "Life 3.0" or "Superintelligence." I thought the coverage of reinforcement learning wa" Read more of this review »
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"Absolutely one of the best books I’ve read this year. Thought provoking throughout. Great overview of ML which taught me a lot, even though I thought I was already reasonably familiar. Seriously, if you’re reading this, read this book."
The Alignment Problem by Brian Christian
"I read this book as part of the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Reading group based in Toronto. The book was an excellent deep dive into important AI ethics questions and issues, with each chapter dedicated to a particular technical problem such as re" Read more of this review »
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“Seemingly innocuous language like 'Oh, I'm flexible' or 'What do you want to do tonight?' has a dark computational underbelly that should make you think twice. It has the veneer of kindness about it, but it does two deeply alarming things. First, it passes the cognitive buck: 'Here's a problem, you handle it.' Second, by not stating your preferences, it invites the others to simulate or imagine them. And as we have seen, the simulation of the minds of others is one of the biggest computational challenges a mind (or machine) can ever face.”
Brian Christian, Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

“Don’t always consider all your options. Don’t necessarily go for the outcome that seems best every time. Make a mess on occasion. Travel light. Let things wait. Trust your instincts and don’t think too long. Relax. Toss a coin. Forgive, but don’t forget. To thine own self be true.”
Brian Christian, Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

“To be human is to be 'a' human, a specific person with a life history and idiosyncrasy and point of view; artificial intelligence suggest that the line between intelligent machines and people blurs most when a puree is made of that identity.”
Brian Christian, The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive

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