- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (5 July 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780141981802
- ISBN-13: 978-0141981802
- ASIN: 0141981806
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Customer Reviews: 673 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Paperback – Import, 5 Jul 2018
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All of us - not only scientists, industrialists and generals-should ask ourselves what can we do now to improve the chances of reaping the benefits of future AI and avoiding the risks. This is the most important conversation of our time, and Tegmark's thought-provoking book will help you join it (Prof. Stephen Hawking)
This is a rich and visionary book and everyone should read it. (Oliver Moody Sunday Times)
I was riveted by this book. The transformational consequences of AI may soon be upon us-but will they be utopian or catastrophic? The jury is out, but this enlightening, lively and accessible book by a distinguished scientist helps us to assess the odds. (Prof. Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, cosmology pioneer, author of Our Final Hour)
This is a compelling guide to the challenges and choices in our quest for a great future of life, intelligence and consciousness - on Earth and beyond. (Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors)
Being an eminent physicist and the leader of the Future of Life Institute has given Max Tegmark a unique vantage point from which to give the reader an inside scoop on the most important issue of our time, in a way that is approachable without being dumbed down. (Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype)
Max seeks to facilitate a much wider conversation about what kind of future we, as a species, would want to create. Though the topics he covers - AI, cosmology, values, even the nature of conscious experience - can be fairly challenging, he presents them in an unintimidating manner that invites the reader to form her own opinions. (Prof. Nick Bostrom, Founder of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute, author of Superintelligence)
The unprecedented power unleashed by artificial intelligence means the next decade could be humanity's best - or worst. Max has written the most insightful and just plain fun exploration of AI's implications that I've ever read. If you haven't been exposed to Max's joyful mind yet, you're in for a huge treat. (Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and co-author of "The Second Machine Age”)
Max's new book is a deeply thoughtful guide to the most important conversation of our time, about how to create a benevolent future civilization as we merge our biological thinking with an even greater intelligence of our own creation. (Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Author and Futurist, author of The Singularity is Near and How to Create a Mind)
This is an exhilarating book that will change the way we think about AI, intelligence, and the future of humanity. (Bart Selman, Professor of Computer Science, Cornell University)
Tegmark successfully gives clarity to the many faces of AI, creating a highly readable book [...] Enjoy the ride, and you will come out the other end with a greater appreciation of where people might take technology and themselves in the years ahead. (Science)
About the Author
Max Tegmark is a professor of physics at MIT and president of the Future of Life Institute. He is the author of Our Mathematical Universe, and he has featured in dozens of science documentaries. His passion for ideas, adventure, and an inspiring future is infectious.
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Tegmark writes on a topic that's not his area of expertise, he is a physicist and a reductionist. I'm not sure real Ai and consciousness should not be viewed as other emergent fields like biology or more specifically neuroscience. It doesn't lend itself to the sparseness of equations (especially when they have not been clearly dilineated) - this focus had me a bit disappointed with the book
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This is definitely not the first read for anyone interested in the field of Ai security. There is no alternative to Bostrom there. If you are in general interested in superintelligence you should start with Vernor Vinge 's original paper and then move to Ray Kurzweil. In both of these aspects this could be a supplementary read.
There are some sublime pieces of writing where Tegmark' s clear logic and incisive thought made me go wow. For example when he tries to derive subprinciples and goals from any possible ultimate goals (page 264) or in the section where he defines consciousness through our knowledge of decision making (page 312). These were fresh perspectives for me and were my main takeaways from the book.
i felt much more could be said about neuroscience of our brain (given that he chose to touch on the topic). If the topic of the book was AI security more could be said about why each principle was taken up. Possible there was too much emphasis (without enough mathematics) on going directly from physical substrates (quarks, electrons) to "sentronium" (sentient matter)
The prelude is a masterful imagination of the future and reads like a fast sci-fi piece. Loved it.
The book print quality (i got the hard copy) is excellent for the price.
As an Ai researcher my views may be colored by higher expectations.
PS: Irrespective of whether you buy the book, head over to futureoflife.org - it's a movement started by Tegmark that deserves a read through.
Life 3.0 : Being human in an age of Artificial Intelligence
TLDR : Engaging, Futuristic, Concerned, Practical : 5/5
I have read Max Tegmarks Digital Physics before. I was looking forward to his work when I got this book. He has started a Future of Life institute dedicated to AI Safety research which according to a Google Scientist is one of the key research areas in AI.
The book starts with an interesting sci-fi story of AI development, AI breakout and various utopian and dystopian scenario which was superb.
Life is progressing from biological to cultural to technological. We are capable to edit both the hardware (DNA) and software (institutions) of Life today which he terms Life 3.0. The classification of AI visionaries utopians, skeptics, luddites, beneficial AI and nobodies is interesting. I would put my tent with beneficial AI I guess.
Further, Max defines terms like intelligence, life, learning and computation so we can be clear of what exactly he means. I loved Moravecs landscape of human competence. AI is fast saturating the areas which humans can claim exclusive competence. I was also piqued by words like substrate independence of intelligence, computronium and even senetronium he introduced. He challenges the notion of creativity and intuition as exclusive to humans by analysis of DeepMind and I had many a Aha moment. The world averting nuclear disaster through Human in Loop in past occasions creates a case for humans in a purely AI controlled weapon system. His career advice for kids for an AI world was novel. I plan to apply that soon. I read somewhere that Massage Therapist could be an AI proof profession :D
His AI aftermath scenario was well though out with pros and cons. AIs can become protector god, zookeepers, benevolent dictators, enslaved god and so on. I think for me libertarian utopia appeals to me the most due to my political leanings unless eliminating suffering is more important than other values like choice.
The analysis of available energy of universe for computation was good and expanded my mind. The next chapter on Goals was the most striking and seems to be the most likely need why AIs would be created for humans and I was surprised to know about natural subgoals like curiosity, self preservation that would form the bottom of any super goal.
I have read a lot about consciousness from Daniel Dennett so the last chapter was not very new. But I liked the integrated information theory (which has found medical use) and the way it can be used to assess or model consciousness as a emergent physical property.
I wish Max Tegmark and FLI best of luck and glad that I can be part of the conversation
In conclusion it's a good sci fi that you can dive in.
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However I really didn’t enjoy it and ended up skimming large chunks of it to the synopsis at each chapter. I bought I having become intrigued by AI after watching the Go documentary on Netflix and wanted to find out a bit more about the subject. This book doesn’t really do that (apart from the first few chapters) but is more of a societal analysis of potential dystopian effects of AI, which reads like bad sci-fi and has very little depth
Good book but I’ll stick to the google AI blog
It encourages you to skip early chapter if your familiar with the basics of AI. Early Chapters is excellent for layman's and people who needs to get up to speed with the basics of AI.
Very interesting and worthy of a read.
Thank you Max Tegmark! Your book has blown my mind!