Monday, March 12, 2018

Life 3.0 - Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Life 3.0 was written by scientist Max Tegmark, and the writing style wasn't especially up my alley. Many chapters were difficult to get through. However, I did find many parts that spoke to me. The terminology cheat sheet was helpful, as was the common myths about super-intelligent AI figure. The bottom line summaries at the end of each chapter were useful. In Aftermath: The Next 10,000 Years, Tegmark outlines many scenarios for how society could function with Artificial Intelligence. It will be interesting to see if any of the suggestions, such as Egalitarian utopia or "1984" will in fact be our society of the future.

The use of robo judges to provide efficient and fair judgments is brought up. AI would supposedly not make human errors, like show bias. 

Would AI save more lives in transport and health care?  Self driving cars have better safety records, and computer diagnosis are said to be as good as human counterparts. These examples certainly make a great case for the use of robots. 

When it comes to jobs, Tegmark advises kids to have a career that won't become automated, which is, of course, sensible advice. 

I appreciated when he spoke about the people in his life, the FLI (Future of Life Institute) team and told stories: humanized the book if you will.  

I received Life 3.0 in a GoodReads giveaway.

Until next time,


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