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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101946596
Characteristics: xii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Life three point zero


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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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