Book Review: You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane, author of AI Weirdness blog.

Talking to experts about tech (really, talking to experts about a lot of things) is an exercise inAn image of the cover of the book, which has the title of the book and a intentionally-crudely drawn (in a cute way) hand-drawn robot on a lime green background readjusting expectations about what the tech/thing/field can really do and what is BS. This book does that par excellence because it makes almost all its points on that front via whimsically absurdist jokes, silly drawings, and hilarious anecdotes. (Almost all, because Shane does bring in the “AIs that learn on biased data are equally or more biased” examples and similar warnings; those are sobering-to-horrifying.)

I learned an unexpected amount about how AI work, laughed an incredible amount, and was sad when the book ended. If I ever teach a course on AI, I would assign this book. Highly recommended.