Brian Christian

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Brian Christian is the bestselling author of three acclaimed books of nonfiction about the human implications of computer science.

The Most Human Human (2011) was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a New Yorker favorite book of the year.

Algorithms to Live By (2016), with Tom Griffiths, was named a #1 Audible bestseller, Amazon best science book of the year and MIT Technology Review best book of the year.

The Alignment Problem (2020) was named a Los Angeles Times Finalist for Best Science & Technology Book of the Year. The New Yorker called it “Superb”; Nature called it “Meticulously researched and superbly written”; and The New York Times called it “The best book on the key technical and moral questions of AI.” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella named The Alignment Problem one of the five books that inspired him in 2021.

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. His work has won several literary awards, including fellowships at Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and MacDowell, publication in Best American Science & Nature Writing, and an award from the Academy of American Poets.

Christian has been a featured guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Radiolab, and The Charlie Rose Show, and has lectured at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yale, the Santa Fe Institute, and the London School of Economicss. He has advised business executives as well as Cabinet Members, Parliamentarians, and administrators in a number of countries about matters ranging from decision making to AI.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Christian holds degrees in philosophy, computer science, and poetry from Brown University and the University of Washington. A visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, he lives in San Francisco.

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