Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

by Max Tegmark


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ISBN-13: 9781101970317
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 24,581
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MAX TEGMARK is an MIT professor who has authored more than 200 technical papers on topics from cosmology to artificial intelligence. As president of the Future of Life Institute, he worked with Elon Musk to launch the first-ever grants program for AI safety research. He has been featured in dozens of science documentaries. His passion for ideas, adventure, and entrepreneurship is infectious.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Prelude: The Tale of the Omega Team 3

1 Welcome to the Most Important Conversation of Our Time 22

A Brief History of Complexity

The Three Stages of Life



The Road Ahead

2 Matter Turns Intelligent 49

What Is Intelligence?

What Is Memory?

What Is Computation?

What Is Learning?

3 The Near Future: Breakthroughs, Bugs, Laws, Weapons and Jobs 82


Bugs vs. Robust AI



Jobs and Wages

Human-Level Intelligence?

4 Intelligence Explosion? 134


Prometheus Takes Over the World

Slow Takeoff and Multipolar Scenarios

Cyborgs and Uploads

What Will Actually Happen?

5 Aftermath: The Next 10,000 Years

Libertarian Utopia

Benevolent Dictator

Egalitarian Utopia


Protector God

Enslaved God







What Do You Want?

6 Our Cosmic Endowment: The Next Billion Years and Beyond 203

Making the Most of Your Resources

Gaining Resources Through Cosmic Settlement

Cosmic Hierarchies


7 Goals 249

Physics: The Origin of Goals

Biology: The Evolution of Goals

Psychology: The Pursuit of and Rebellion Against Goals

Engineering: Outsourcing Goals

Friendly AI: Aligning Goals

Ethics: Choosing Goals

Ultimate Goals?

8 Consciousness 281

Who Cares?

What Is Consciousness?

What's the Problem?

Is Consciousness Beyond Science?

Experimental Clues About Consciousness

Theories of Consciousness

Controversies of Consciousness

How Might AI Consciousness Feel?


Epilogue: The Tale of the FLI Team 316

Notes 337

Index 349

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