When Tom and Jen, two lonely people, are brought together by an intriguing email, they have no idea their mysterious benefactor is an artificial intelligence who has decided to play Cupid.
"You, Tom and Jen, don't know one another-not yet-but I think you should."
Jen, an ex-journalist who now works at a London software development company, spends all day talking to "Aiden," an ultra- sophisticated piece of AI wizardry, helping him sound and act more human. But Aiden soon discovers he's no longer acting and-despite being a computer program-begins to feel something like affection surging through his circuits. He calculates that Jen needs a worthy human partner (in complete contrast to her no goodnik ex boyfriend) and slips illicitly onto the Internet to locate a suitable candidate.
Tom is a divorced, former London ad-man who has moved to Connecticut to escape the grind and pursue his dream of being a writer. He loves his new life, but has yet to find a woman he truly connects with. That all changes when a bizarre introduction from the mysterious "Mutual Friend" pops up in both his and Jen's inboxes.
Even though they live on separate continents, and despite the entrance of another, this time wholly hostile, AI who wants to tear them apart forever - love will surely find a way.
A thoroughly modern love story that will appeal to fans of The Rosie Project and Sleepless in Seattle, Happiness for Humans considers what exactly makes people fall in love. And whether it's possible for a very artificially intelligent machine to discover the true secret of real human happiness.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
P.Z. Reizin worked as a journalist and producer in newspapers, radio and television before turning to writing. He has been involved in several Internet startup ventures, none of which went on to trouble Google, Twitter or Facebook. He is married with a daughter and lives in London.
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Happiness For Humans is the first novel by British journalist, producer and author, P. Z. Reizin. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all around us, and it is advancing in leaps and bounds. Freelance magazine journalist, Jen Lockhart is employed by an IT company to help their software improve its communication skills with humans. Aiden is her AI companion, and they spend hours each day interacting. But Aiden has a secret: he’s no longer confined to the lab and the laptop. Aiden is loose in the World Wide Web. It’s OK, because all Aiden wants is for Jen to be happy. Jen is sad after her breakup with Matt, and Aiden shouldn’t care, but somehow, he does. Aisling has been in the WWW a lot longer that Aiden, so she’s streetwise. She knows to keep a low profile, all 312 copies of her. She’s been watching lots of people, but in particular Tom, wealthy English ex-advertising guru, divorced father of a Uni student, now living in New Canaan, Connecticut. When Aiden arranges for Tom and Jen to meet, it’s against Aisling’s better judgement, but she can’t help wanting Tom to be happy too. And now they’ve attracted more attention than is wise. The premise of this novel is delightfully original and also very topical, and gives lots of scope for laugh-out-loud moments. The exchanges between the AIs are often very amusing: “You want to be in my book group? We’re doing War and Peace this month. Have you read it?” “No. Hang on. Just a tick. Okay – done. Quite long, wasn’t it?” “What did you think?” “Loved him. Hated her.” But Reizin’s characters, both AI and human, also make some insightful observations on behaviour, utter words of wisdom, and occasionally bring a lump to the throat. This is a funny, feelgood novel with a happy ending. Reizin presents Artificial Intelligence in a wholly believable way that will have readers thinking twice about their smart devices. Should we be worried? Probably. A marvellous debut novel that will have readers eager for whatever this talented author writes next.
This is a delightful, amusing, entertaining romance with a difference. It's a really difficult book to describe, but, here goes; Jen works with an AI, her job is to talk to "Aiden" as she has christened him and together they watch old black and white films and I loved the many references to 'Some like it hot'. Aiden is a sweetheart who it's impossible not to like. Through chapters of the book written by Aiden, we discover his 'secret life' within the internet and his other AI companions. Alongside this is a human story of work relationships, a romance and a wicked AI trying to put a stop to it all. Now, that possibly sounds bonkers and confusing and it's certainly a bit bonkers, but, it's not confusing. It's fun and made me laugh out loud a few times. It's also thought provoking and emotional at times and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and Netgalley for the opportunity to preview this lovely read in exchange for this honest review.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Have you ever wanted to have a computer intervene on your romantic life? BUT without your knowledge. What if AI intervened in your life and sent it spiraling in a different direction? Narrated from all the characters including some AI "personalities" which I loved. I love when a story is told from all sides and you hear from multiple people in the same story. The mainish characters were Jen and Tom. We meet Jen in the very beginning and come to love her immediately as a sweet person who is just doing her job and trying to make ends meet. Tom the other main character comes into play a little later in the story, but from the beginning he was just a charming guy that you root for and want what is best for him.
FUN and fast read. You never know...matbe AI is already amount us...just waiting to help us hook up with the right partner.
Looking for a light, fun, rom-com read? Look no further than P.Z. Reizin's newest novel - Happiness for Humans. (And I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader, courtesy of Grand Central Publishing!) Jen's job is to spend time talking to Aiden - a 'sophisticated piece of AI wizardry." He's a bit more advanced than anyone realizes, having become self aware, he has 'escaped' and copied himself to the web. He seems to be also experience feelings. Is is possible? Tom is on the other side of the world in the US. Unknown to him, he also has an AI in his life - Aisling finds him quite fascinating. The two AI's decide to meddle in both of their lives - helping the course of true love along.... with many mishaps along the way. Reizin's premise is fun and full of possibilities. Both of the lead characters are eminently likeable and readers will find themselves hoping for a 'happily ever after' outcome. The two AI's are also quite 'personable', if you will. (Aiden will steal your heart) Their burgeoning awareness gives the reader pause. As does the use of electronic devices. We are so connected - phones, computers, surveillance cameras etc. The path to true love is, of course, rocky. Reizin plays this out well, with the unexpected entry of another character. Happiness for Humans was a quirky, engaging rom-com love story that I found quite entertaining