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Life 3.0 Audiobook

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Max Tegmark (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"This is a compelling guide to the challenges and choices in our quest for a great future of life, intelligence and consciousness - on Earth and beyond." (Elon Musk, founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX and cofounder and CEO of Tesla Motors)

"All of us - not only scientists, industrialists and generals - should ask ourselves what can we do now to improve the chances of reaping the benefits of future AI and avoiding the risks. This is the most important conversation of our time, and Tegmark's thought-provoking book will help you join it." (Professor Stephen Hawking, director of research, Cambridge Centre for Theoretical Cosmology)

"Tegmark's new book is a deeply thoughtful guide to the most important conversation of our time, about how to create a benevolent future civilization as we merge our biological thinking with an even greater intelligence of our own creation." (Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author, and futurist, author of The Singularity Is Near and How to Create a Mind)

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    catherine 09-16-17
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    "An accessible book on AI that left me optimistic"

    I loved the weaving of the realistic fictional story into the beginning of book, and i also appreciate that Tegmark is actively working on these issues of ai safety which made me optimistic by the end of the book (which is not usually the feeling I have at the end of a book like this).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JB 09-13-17
    JB 09-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The book feels like it gets lost in its own drama"

    To me the book feels like it's reaching without a pragmatic or critical eye. It feels like it's trying to wow the reader rather than present possible solutions or even take a break to examine counter arguments.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Marwick 09-12-17
    Tim Marwick 09-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A deep dive into the AI conversation of today"

    I enjoyed this title. It covers a lot of ground and explores many possible AI scenarios and outcomes. I purchased it based on Elon Musk's recommendation ;)

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pierre-Luc F Thibeault 09-08-17
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    "Very thorough!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to anyone in the AI domain just to make sure nobody is careless with the technology of artificial intelligence. Better safe than sorry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Omegas. Not really a character book to be honest.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rob Shapiro?

    Yeah, good voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure how you would make that a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    It looks like the reference to other chapters was not corrected for the final version. My guess is that you guys don't know the chapter number before the final version so you put 7 everywhere until you know but I'll talk more about this in chapter 7.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jp 09-15-17
    Jp 09-15-17 Member Since 2010
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    "An important book for everyone to read"

    Humans make the universe meaningful is the message of this book. And that safe AI is a must. AI will eradicate all disease and make our lives better. Very important considerations in this book. Loved it. Rob Shapiro who reads this book is wonderful.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon H. 09-15-17
    Shannon H. 09-15-17
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    "immersive "

    fantastic narrator . I thought the author was speaking to me. highly recommend people listen to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Philomath 09-14-17
    Philomath 09-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Eye opening look in to AI"

    When Max Tegmark, a renowned physicist writes on this subject, we cannot discount his provocative direction life is taking.

    First their was the simple celled, where hardware and software where fixed, life as it first started. Somewhere during evolution the animal was able to change its software by learning from experience, yet the hardware would only change through thousands of years of evolution.

    We are no in the cusp of creating an Artificial Intelligence that is able to change both software and hardware. Millions of years of evolution. Could take hours of minutes. What are the ramifications?

    In a very realistic outlook, a scientific outlook, the author explains how and what that means. It's not doomsday scenario. It could be the best thing ever created, but it has to be steered in the right direction.

    A super intelligence AI explosion has the potential to for extreme change. It is wise that we think of ways to co-exists, because this is not something that anyone can stop, but has the frightening possibility that we will not be at the top of the chain any longer.

    How will this change what we do, our work, purpose, as well as many aspects of human existence. This book is a must to understand our place in a machine dominated intelligence. Excellent book.

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    Zach 09-12-17
    Zach 09-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "This book is important."

    After finishing my first listen I'm excited to dive right back in for a second. This book reached me at a level that few other books have. Do not wait to listen to this book. If you don't have an interest in AI at all, this will quickly help you understand why you should. If you're already interested, it will provide an excellent framework for the whole AI conversation around you. It has helped fit the latest AI news into a broader context.

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    Edward Sturm 09-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This book is so good it had to be written by AI"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life 3.0 to be better than the print version?

    It's so thoughtful and articulate. Also very well narrated.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me excited, yet concerned.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this for anybody. The AI talk is a crucial one, and it's something everybody needs to be discussing.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Bethesda, MD, United States 11-20-17
    Loren Bethesda, MD, United States 11-20-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Not concise like the title"

    I am not an AI professional and learned a lot from the book. However I found there to be a lot of repetition and some chapters that belonged in an entirely different book.

    That is unfortunate as the author is well connected in the field and has an important message, some of which may get lost if listeners lose interest.

    Narrator is excellent, never gets in the way.

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