Life 3.0

Life 3.0

Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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"What jobs should be automated? How should our legal systems handle autonomous systems? How likely is the emergence of suprahuman intelligence? A.I. is the future of science, technology, and business--and there is no person better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark. What has A.I. brought us? Where will it lead us? The story of A.I. is the story of intelligence--of life processes as they evolve from bacteria (1.0) to humans (2.0), where life processes define their own software, to technology (3.0), where life processes design both their hardware and software. We know that A.I. is transforming work, laws, and weapons, as well as the dark side of computing (hacking and viral sabotage), raising questions that we all need to address: What jobs should be automated? How should our legal systems handle autonomous systems? How likely is the emergence of suprahuman intelligence? Is it possible to control suprahuman intelligence? How do we ensure that the uses of A.I. remain beneficial? These are the issues at the heart of this book and its unique perspective, which seeks a ground apart from techno-skepticism and digital utopia"--
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101946596
Branch Call Number: 006.301 Tegmark 08/2017
Characteristics: xii, 364 pages :,illustrations ;,25 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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