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Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark • what is artificial intelligence • uses of technology

Book cover of Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark- uses of artificial intelligence

Life 3.0, written by Max Tegmark is vast, astonishingly extensive. It is the most comprehensive book about the AI and uses of technology 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.

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.

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 to its development and new uses of technology.

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark

Final rating:

Interesting story
4/5
Complexity of ideas
4/5
Repetitiveness
1/5
Flourish language
3/5
Recommendation
4/5

Book details:

Size: 384 pages
Published: 2017

Links:

Other information and reviews of this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34272565-life-3-0

Other useful links:
Max Tegmark on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Tegmark
Max Tegmark’s MIT website: https://space.mit.edu/home/tegmark/home.html
Other book about mass use od data and its implication on our life: Big Data by Kenneth Cukier

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