An Artificial Intelligence Is Baffled by Emotion in How to Pass as Human

Nic Kelman’s new novel takes the form of the diary of an android. Photo illustration by Juliana Jiménez. Photo by Thinkstock. An android wakes on an operating table, suddenly conscious, its purpose at first a mystery. The world around it is strange, complex, full of possibility and promise. This is the opening of Nic Kelman’s new book, How to Pass as Human, which takes the form of a diary composed by an artificial intelligence known as Android 0. The first being of his kind, Android 0 sets out to blend in with the world around him. In the process, he immerses himself in everything from the arbitrariness of human gender norms to our peculiar relationship with technology. Shortly before the book’s release, Kelman—who studied brain and cognitive science as an…


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