Life 3.0

Life 3.0

Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Book - 2017
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"How will artificial intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology--and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial. How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today's kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle? What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn't shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues--from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos."--Jacket
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
ISBN: 9781101946596
Characteristics: xii, 364 pages : Illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Life three point zero


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Sep 05, 2019

This was a fascinating look at the speculative emergence of consciousness in machines, with several scenarios on what a world with superhuman artificial general intelligence might look like. The book also covers his views on why we haven't ran into other intelligent life, why we may actually be among the first (or only) intelligent species in the universe, and why the Drake Equation might actually be wrong.

Much of the book is spent on first describing what it means to have intelligence, the results of intelligence in the near future as well as 10,000 and a billion years from now, and finishes with how goals are tied to consciousness.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to explore consciousness from a more thought experiment like approach (vs say, a spiritual approach), and is comparable to "The Singularity is Near" by Ray Kurzweil

May 08, 2019

Really interesting ideas, not only about AI but also about goals and conscience etc. Interesting how physics is overlapping with philosophy and ethics - new Renaissance!

Jan 05, 2019

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Mar 26, 2018

In spite of some annoyingly speculative propositions and diversions, I highly recommend this book, not because of the answers it gives, but because of the questions it asks. While the author is not himself an expert in AI, he does raise many very important issues and he asks and explores the answers to many extremely relevant questions that we as a society need to answer before artificial general intelligence (AGI) arrives! Unfortunately he also goes on to discuss some very odd "theories" that I found totally unconvincing (and in fairness to the author, he does identify which chapters are the most speculative) and while he warns against anthropomorphising AI, he often does so himself. He tries to define the relevant terms around AI, however the discussion is still severely hampered by a lack of adequate vocabulary to describe different levels and aspects of intelligence/consciousness/sentience etc. all of which are "plastic" words (which he does explicitly recognize). In the end however, the author's clarion call for a public discussion of these issues is timely and he should be applauded for the effort that he has put into it, so I would highly recommend this book.

Nov 02, 2017

Not as good as "mathematical universe" but still an interesting read. Life 3.0 is supermachines that not only can improve their software but also improve their hardware. Life 3.0 does sound to me like Elon Musk's " unleashing the demon" but Tegmark feels that it is inevitable, and also probably a good thing for the earth and the universe that humans are replaced by something better. He certainly thinks outside the box. I wasn't impressed with the last chapter which was basically just an advertisement for Tegmark's Future of Life Institute.


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