Life 3.0

Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

by Max Tegmark

Number of pages: 384

Publisher: Knopf

BBB Library: Technology and Globalization

ISBN: 978-1101946596

About the Author

Max Tegmark is an MIT professor who has authored more than 200 technical papers on topics from cosmology to artificial intelligence. His passion for ideas, adventure, and entrepreneurship is infectious that he has been featured in dozens of science documentaries.


Editorial Review

What does the future hold for the human race?  It’s inevitable that the progress of AI technology will impact every area of our lives, whether it’s healthcare, finance, or politics. In Max Tegmark’s thoughts-provoking book, he unravels a lot of these possibilities and refers to several researches that can give us a glimpse of what’s waiting for us. He challenges our perspective of humanity, freedom and justice; and he shows us how our choices can help us not only survive, but thrive during the upcoming revolution. 

Book Reviews

“Tegmark’s smart, freewheeling discussion leads to fascinating speculations on AI-based civilizations spanning galaxies and eons—and knotty questions.” – Publisher weekly

“Prophesies have a dreadful record, but they are also endlessly fascinating. Readers may balk now and then—Tegmark’s solutions to inevitable mass unemployment are a stretch—but most will find the narrative irresistible.” – Kirkus

“Tegmark never shies away from an issue due to its complexity. Regardless of one’s field of study or profession, he forces the reader to consider how AI may impact one’s life and what preparation is required.” – Yale Scientific

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Wisdom to Share

If we can create a more harmonious human society characterized by cooperation toward shared goals; this will improve the chances of the AI revolution ending well.

Where would you draw the line between justice and privacy? And wherever you draw it, will it gradually move toward reduced privacy to compensate for fake evidence?

What we need now from governments isn’t an oversight, but an insight: technically capable people in government positions who can monitor AI’s progress and steer it if warranted down the road.

During the Industrial Revolution, we started to replace our muscles with machines, and people shifted into better-paying jobs where they used their minds more. Now we’re gradually figuring out how to replace our minds by machines. If we ultimately succeed in this, what jobs will be left for us?

If serious efforts are put into creating well-being for all, funded by part of the wealth that future AI generates, then society should be able to flourish like never before.