I have an interest in AI because of 2 major reasons:
1. What will be the impact of Artificial Intelligence on our workplace and environment (how to maximise its benefits in our future).
2. How we (humanity) will be treated by the AI as it becomes self-aware.
Life 3.0, written by Max Tegmark is vast, astonishingly extensive. It is the most comprehensive book about the AI I have ever read. It covers all aspects of the AI which I am able to comprehend. The book starts with a brief history of our evolution in reference to technology. The reader acknowledges what the concepts of Life 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 are to understand the gradual progress of the AI. Next, the book goes through the matter of intelligence (what is it, and how to emulate it in IT); possible applications of AI (jobs, armament etc.); humanity and the AI in next centuries, AI in the universe and the last but not least, the concept of consciousness.
When it comes to me, the most interesting chapters were the beginning (the prophecy as I call it, which shortly tells what the book will be about in a catching language) and the last chapter about consciousness. It was really interesting to read how to conceptualise intelligence, experience and personal preferences from the scientific point of view.
It is worth to say that the book ends with a very positive address. Simply saying, we have to be aware of cheap articles and films based on our primitive fears and prejudice. We should not be afraid of the AI, moreover, in order to make the world a better place to live we should contribute in its development.
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark
Complexity of ideas