Life 3.0

Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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Max Tegmark, Rob Shapiro: Life 3.0 (Random House Audio)

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4 stars (21 reviews)

"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 …

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Review of 'Life 3.0' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

An interesting topic turned into a collection of "facts intermixed with opinions presented as facts". While many of the discussions and concerns feel relevant, I cannot help but leaving this book with a feeling of having been duped by a salesman. So many things are presented according to the template "only these x things can happen" where clearly, a lot of other scenarios are both possible and plausible. Maybe it's just that it's to dystopic - according to this book there is clearly no way we will outlive AGI even for a few generations.

Still, with all this said, I found a lot of the contents of the book both interesting and thought-provoking.

Review of 'Life 3.0' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

You can be forgiven for thinking that this is a book about artificial intelligence. In fact, it's a book about the future of life on Earth over the next billion or so years. It's just that, the way things are going, it's a good bet that a big chunk of that is going to involve artificial intelligence.
This is also an optimistic future-speculation book, and thus is likely to be far rosier than the future will turn out to be.
The author also has a tendency to name-drop. The last chapter, in particular, can be skipped almost entirely, unless you enjoy reading dashing tales of hobnobbing with movers and/or shakers.

But all of that aside, there's a good amount of substance: What is AI good at now, and what will humans continue to be better at in the next few decades? What does superintelligent AI look and act like? How …

Review of 'Life 3.0' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

As much as I would wish to present a review that would justly honor this book, I guess I’m doomed to fail. For this is the kind of work that is so overwhelmingly complex, and great in scope, that trying to reduce it to any meaningful narratives is a daunting task. In a way, I want to chicken my way out of it, by simply saying, or better still, by simply pointing to the book, as in meaning: “go and read it yourselves”.

Do I recommend it? Of course I do. This is the right book on a very controversial but unavoidable topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI, for short). For we all sense it is happening, or at least it will happen, and with it will come many life changing (or should I say game changing?) consequences that cannot, and should not, be ignored.

Before reading this, though I …

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