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Google's New AI Toy Lets You Talk To Books

By Holly Brockwell on at

If you could ask books a question, what would you ask?

We're not sure many people have ever wondered that, but nonetheless Google has built a tool to allow you to basically hold a neverending AMA with a corpus of literature.

From deep philosophical wonderings to more straight forward recommendations, you can ask whatever's on your mind, but the responses aren't always wildly helpful.

The sample questions are quite scattershot:

We weren't sure what to ask, so we asked what to ask:

As you can see, the results come back in the form of relevant quotes from specific books. Which makes it incredibly handy for finding good quotations on a given subject, and discovering new books to read.

But can it tell you the meaning of life? Well...

Can't argue with that.

Give it a try here.