Brian Christian

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Brian Christian (born 1984 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American author and poet,[1][2] best known for his book The Most Human Human.[3] He competed as a "confederate" in the 2009 Loebner Prize competition,[4] 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]

In 2010, Christian collaborated with film director Michael Langan on a short film adaptation of Christian's poem "Heliotropes."[8]

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.[9]

In 2016, Christian's Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions written with Tom Griffiths, was published by Henry Holt.


  1. ^ "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. ^ Mind vs. Machine, an article by Brian Christian for The Atlantic
  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. ^ "Official Website of Heliotropes". Langan Films. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  9. ^ 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.

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