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We've teamed up with Little, Brown Book Group to give you the chance to win a £100 Red Letter Days voucher and a copy of P.Z. Reizin's Happiness for Humans! 10 runners-up will also win a copy of the book.
Would you trust Siri with your love life? What if Alexa could find your perfect match? What if they took it into their own hands? Meet Aiden…
Jen is sad. Aiden wants her to be happy. Simple. Except that Jen is a 30-something woman whose boyfriend has just left her and Aiden is a very complicated, very expensive piece of software.
Aiden knows Jen inside out. With access to all her devices, he knows her favourite song (currently by Lana Del Rey), can find her favourite photos and single out the quotes which most inspire her ("I’m not sure why we’re here, but I’m pretty sure it’s not to enjoy ourselves" – Wittgenstein).
To achieve optimum wellbeing, and based on observations and unique algorithms, he has calculated that Jen needs to find a new man. With the whole of the internet at his disposal, he doesn't have to look far to select her perfect match and engineer a meeting. But what, exactly, makes human beings happy? And can a very-artificially-intelligent machine discover emotional intelligence in time to fix Jen's life?
Fans of The Rosie Project and classic romantic comedies will fall in love with this joyful and heart-warming story about human nature and what it means to be happy.
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.
Happiness for Humans is published by Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown, and is available online and from all good booksellers.
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