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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
Life 3.0 poses an interesting question: What happens when humans are no longer the smartest species on the planet? Tegmark has written a compelling challenge analysis of the choices facing us as we create ever more powerful AI super-computers; will they usher in a new era – or will they replace us? This is a tale about our own future with AI.
Tegmark covers concepts from computing to cosmology with extraordinary clarity, whilst reminding us that many of these ideas were created by science fiction writers more than 50 years ago. And throughout he asks us to consider how we want AI to impact on our lives, jobs, laws and weapons. How will we live with a greater intelligence than our own, of our own creation?
He doesn’t offer any simple answers to the challenge, but instead sets the reader thinking about what kind of future we would want to create. He does this in an insightful, unintimidating way that invites you to come to your own conclusions.
Life 3.0 is an exciting, accessible read that has helped me think anew about the future in a world with artificial intelligence. Will it be Utopia or a catastrophe?
Artificial Intelligence is all around us in its many shapes and forms. Alan Turing was one who set us thinking about the meaning of “intelligence” and what it means to be “intelligent”. Can a machine be intelligent? He created the Imitation Game as a way of thinking about the whole topics.
Tegmark poses similar questions but in a world of super computers, computers far in advance of anything Turing could have imagined. Will our future see computers and robots more intelligent than humans, their creators? EM Forster wrote a short story on similar lines; John Whyndham did the same.
Tegmark Poses similar questions and problems and gives readers some seriously challenging questions to answer. As we continue to create computers with the capacity to learn, will they outlearn their creators, will humans be able to control them or will computers gradually overtake humans as an inferior species?
Although a little repetitive in places, nevertheless, it is very thought-provoking book. Recommended.
A well balanced book and subject, giving new and not so new channeling. It plucks your Awareness strings giving access to higher concerns about the cloud, and after reading it striving to find follow ups about the alarming connectivity of what Ai actually implies about connecting with YOU on a terrestrial level and how imperative it is to be aware of the hidden subtle Symbiosis between human and machine. RDR
I don't know why it is a bestseller. If you take out all the non-AI related text from the book, then it will be half shorter. The main message in the book is that the smart AI probably will appear during next few decades, but how it will happen and how it will behave, no one knows.
Even the first chapter is its money worth. Will AI take over or will humanity find another way? The book does not offer all the answers but makes the reader think. Highly engaging - best book on AI out there right now.
It does not matter if you agree with the author. What does matter is if this book helps you to clarify your own opinion/position on these changing times. Sure its about the future (?) but it's the immediate future, not the... "I'm not going to be around to see it" future. Best read now then, eh?
Really interesting read. Addresses some of the obvious issues considering AI while also some less mainstream sources for discussion. Not filled with computer jargon either making it a good read for someone not well versed in computer science.
This book is very impressive. Max Tegmark's intelligence shines through the book. I think the book maybe trail's off a bit towards the end. But the insights in the first two-thirds are quite amazing. One of the best reads of the year. Should be read by all politicians. Most of them are blissfully ignorant of the changes down the track..
Students, parents and professionals...read first on your list. Guides to how/where to educate for the future now. Easy reading but requires concentration too. Brilliant in every respect, and the author knows everyone relevant. Scary and comforting in equal measure.