What Makes Us Human

An Artificial Intelligence Answers Life's Biggest Questions
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What happens when the world’s most advanced AI is prompted with the spiritual and philosophical texts that have formed the basis of human belief—and then answers our most pressing questions about life? A bold and daring endeavor, What Makes Us Human? offers a contemporary and moving exploration of what makes us humans, humans.

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A groundbreaking endeavor to explore human spirituality through the evolving technology of artificial intelligence

Why are we here? What does it mean to love? How do we overcome suffering? Is happiness truly possible?
For thousands of years, we have turned to the same beloved texts to explore these universal questions—from the Bible and the Tao Te Ching, to the poetry of Rumi and Sappho, to the words of modern-day mystics.
What if you could take all of the wisdom contained in these collective pages and, using the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence, receive the answers? 
To create What Makes Us Human?, internationally bestselling poet Iain S. Thomas and globally recognized prodigious researcher and innovator Jasmine Wang prompted the world’s most advanced AI, GPT-3, with a wealth of humanity’s most cherished works. Then they asked GPT-3 our most pressing questions about life.

This audiobook presents the conversations and exchanges that followed—as well as special insights and short Q&A sessions exclusively available on audio.
What Makes Us Human? is a daring experiment in spirituality that will inspire you, move you, and give you a new understanding of what makes us us.

This unabridged audiobook is read both by the authors and a collection of human-sounding but artificial voices generated by an AI network.
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Contents Digital Audio (2 hours, 11 minutes)
Product Code AB06559W
ISBN Number 978-1-64963-019-3
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Jasmine Wang

About Jasmine Wang

Jasmine Wang is a technologist and philosopher and is a 2020 Thiel Fellow and 2019 Interact Fellow. She has worked with the Partnership on AI, the Future of Humanity Institute, OpenAI, Microsoft Research, and the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms. She lives in New York.

Author photo © Jenny Zhang

Iain S. Thomas

About Iain S. Thomas

Iain S. Thomas is one of the world’s most popular poets and is the bestselling creator and author of numerous books, including I Wrote This for You, an experimental and pioneering prose and photography project. He has spoken, toured, and read his work all over the world and appeared on panels at numerous conferences, including BookCon in New York and the Sharjah International Book Fair in the UAE. He lives in New York.

About GPT-3

GPT-3 is an artificial intelligence developed by OpenAI, a billion-dollar-funded research lab that explores the use of AI for the betterment of all humankind.