Brian Christian

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Brian Christian
Born1984 (age 34–35)
Wilmington, Delaware, US
Alma materBrown University
University of Washington
Notable worksThe Most Human Human (2011)
Algorithms to Live By (2016)

Brian Christian (born 1984 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American non-fiction author and poet,[1][2] best known for the two bestselling books The Most Human Human (2011)[3] and Algorithms to Live By (2016).[4]

Christian competed as a "confederate" in the 2009 Loebner Prize competition,[1] attempting to seem "more human" than the humans taking the test, and succeeded.[5][6] He was interviewed by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on March 8, 2011.[7] Reading The Most Human Human inspired the playwright Jordan Harrison to write the play Marjorie Prime,[8] which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize[9] and was released as a feature film in 2017. The book also inspired filmmaker Tommy Pallotta's 2018 documentary More Human Than Human, in which Christian appears.[10]

In 2010, Christian collaborated with film director Michael Langan on a short film adaptation of Christian's poem "Heliotropes,"[11] which was published in the final issue of Wholphin magazine.

Christian attended high school at the prestigious High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ.

Christian holds a degree from Brown University in computer science and philosophy, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington.[3] He is also an alumnus of High Technology High School class of 2002. He is a native of Little Silver, New Jersey.[12] Beginning in 2012, Christian has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

His awards and honors include publication in The Best American Science and Nature Writing and fellowships at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. In 2016 Christian was named a Laureate of the San Francisco Public Library.[13]


  • The Most Human Human, 2011, Doubleday, ISBN 978-0307476708
  • Algorithms to Live By, 2016, Henry Holt, ISBN 978-1250118363


  1. ^ a b "Mind vs. Machine". The Atlantic. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  2. ^ Official website of Brian Christian
  3. ^ a b Christian, Brian (2011). The Most Human Human. New York, N.Y: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-53306-3.
  4. ^ Christian, Brian; Griffiths, Tom (2016). Algorithms to Live By. New York, N.Y: Henry Holt. ISBN 978-1250118363.
  5. ^ "AGNI Online: Author Brian Christian". Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  6. ^ Christian, Brian (30 April 2011). "Computer says: um, er... | Computers v humans | Technology | The Guardian". London.
  7. ^ "Brian Christian - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 03/08/11 - Video Clip | Comedy Central". 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  8. ^ "Jordan Harrison Embraces Technology in 'Marjorie Prime'". Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  9. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes: Finalist: Marjorie Prime, by Jordan Harrison". Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  10. ^ "SXSW Review: 'More Human Than Human' Offers a Brief, Exciting Look at Media Robotics and AI". Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  11. ^ "Official Website of Heliotropes". Langan Films. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
  12. ^ Van Develde, Elaine. "A bicycle trip that leads to someone else’s home" Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, Atlanticville, January 9, 2004. Accessed April 3, 2011.
  13. ^ "Friends of the San Francisco Public Library : Events : LIBRARY LAUREATES : Participating Authors". Retrieved 2018-01-04.

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