Books  |    |  August 29, 2017

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

By Max Tegmark.
Published by Knopf.
384 pages.

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.

Table of Contents

Prelude: The Tale of the Omega Team

  1. Welcome to the Most Important Conversation of Our Time
  2. Matter Turns Intelligent
  3. The Near Future: Breakthroughs, Bugs, Laws, Weapons and Jobs
  4. Intelligence Explosion?
  5. Aftermath: The Next 10,000 Years
  6. Our Cosmic Endowment: The Next Billion Years and Beyond
  7. Goals
  8. Consciousness

Epilogue: The Tale of the FLI Team

About the Author
Max Tegmark is a professor of physics at MIT and the co-founder of the Future of Life Institute. Tegmark has been featured in dozens of science documentaries. His passion for ideas, adventure, and entrepreneurship is infectious.