Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

By Max Tegmark
Read by Rob Shapiro

13.50 Hours 08/29/2017 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780451485083

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 of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

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A New York Times bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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 of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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   “This is an exhilarating book that will change the way we think about AI, intelligence, and the future of humanity.
Tegmark’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
The unprecedented power unleashed by artificial intelligence means the next decade could be humanity’s best—or worst.  Tegmark 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 Tegmark’s joyful mind yet, you’re in for a huge treat. Professor Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and co-author of The Second Machine Age
Tegmark 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. Nick Bostrom, Founder of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, author of Superintelligence
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. Professor Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, cosmology pioneer, author of Our Final Hour 
“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. Professor Stephen Hawking, Director of Research, Cambridge Centre for Theoretical Cosmology 
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, Founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX and co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors
It’s hard to believe that a machine could replace Rob Shapiro’s effective, nuanced narration of this audiobook…Author Max Tegmark doesn’t predict the future, but he lays out AI in an engaging style, particularly in the use of entertaining scenarios, read with flair by narrator Shapiro. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Lucid and engaging, it has much to offer the general reader.” Wall Street Journal
“This is a rich and visionary book and everyone should read it.” Times (London)
“Original, accessible, and provocative…Tegmark successfully gives clarity to the many faces of AI, creating a highly readable book.” Science
“Life 3.0 is far from the last word on AI and the future, but it provides a fascinating glimpse of the hard thinking required.” Nature

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Author Bio: Max Tegmark

Max Tegmark is a physics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the co-founder of the Future of Life Institute. He is the author or coauthor of more than two hundred technical papers. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Technology & Engineering
Runtime: 13.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English