Life 3.0

Life 3.0

Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

eBook - 2017
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We stand at the beginning of a new era. What was once science fiction is fast becoming reality, as AI transforms war, crime, justice, jobs and society-and, even, our very sense of what it means to be human. More than any other technology, AI has the potential to revolutionize our collective future - and there's nobody better situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor and co-founder of the Future of Life Institute, whose work has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial. In this deeply researched and vitally important new book, Tegmark takes us to the heart of thinking about AI and the human condition, bringing us face to face with the essential questions of our time. How can we grow our prosperity through automation, without leaving people lacking income or purpose? How can we ensure that future AI systems do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will AI help life flourish as never before, or will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, and even, perhaps, replace us altogether? Life 3.0 gives us the tools to join what may be the most important conversation of our time, guiding us through the most controversial issues around AI today -- from super intelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.
Publisher: [Harmondsworth] : 2017. Penguin,
ISBN: 9780141981796
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital BorrowBox

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ChrisMcMil
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.

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mckeett
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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