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  • Life 3.0

  • Written by: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin Audio presents Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark, read by Rob Shapiro. 

We stand at the beginning of a new era. What was once science fiction is fast becoming reality, as AI transforms war, crime, justice, jobs and society - and even our very sense of what it means to be human. More than any other technology, AI has the potential to revolutionise our collective future - and there's nobody better situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor and cofounder of the Future of Life Institute, whose work has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial. 

In this deeply researched and vitally important new book, Tegmark takes us to the heart of thinking about AI and the human condition, bringing us face to face with the essential questions of our time. What sort of future do we want? Life 3.0 gives us the tools to join what may be the most important conversation of our time.

©2018 Rob Shapiro (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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concise overview on life in universe

narrator was precise and was engaging till the very end.
the book however has a stellar chapter 6, captivating and thought provoking

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best book on future of AI

AI will be helpful for humanity and mankind but still there are queries on whether we can aline them with human emotions and feelings.otherwise it will business for few rich people

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Brilliant, Well researched & Detailed

A perfect balance between Facts and future facts ( Sci-fic). Deep science explained in normal words.

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Viable Envisioning

There are thinkers, there are public intellectuals; there are innovators and there are inventors , educators and entrepreneurs- Max is an integrator par excellence , a synthesiser of multi vector multi disciplinary intelligence into a vision for the future of Life augmented by AI and it’s adjacent technological marvels that can bring to fruition a glorious period of man machine augmented future delivering life enhancement as well as equitable welfare to the inhabitants of earth ..consider reading this valuable collection of thoughts and perspectives by a leader who created the Life’s Institute - https://futureoflife.org/

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half book is good

narration was good
but half book is good and nothing to learn which can help to build AI buisness

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deep and relevant

quite thought provoking. Detail oriented, well-researched deep dives into the seemingly known unknown spaces of Future of AI and nankind

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Bag and Baggage.

The book is typical of Max Tagmark style, loaded with sheds of heavy duty concepts and autobiographical insights. Like his other work 'Our Mathematical Universe', this book leaves the reader with an awe for the author's ability to cater such wide range of brainstorming topics, laced with intellectual discourses, scenario building, discussing work of other stalwarts in the field and highlighting the thing which is most important: Hope.

The book talks about Artificial General Intelligence (AGI),it's possible future vis-a-vis humanity and the way we are looking at it.

it's a great investment for you if you are looking for entry level discourse in the field of AI and issues related.

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Being Human in the age of AI

This future-tech book is a lighthouse for those who are contemplating ideas about how to create a great future with AI. A unique experience over here is connecting topics of Astronomy , Astrophysics & Space science with Computing. Emphasis is laid on how world should adopt AI creating beneficial intelligence & not unidirectional intelligence. An insightful overview on possible applications of AI provides the reader a wiremesh to funnel their thoughts. You will find over here fundamentals which could guide you on how to build an AI system which could synchronize with us learning, adopting & retaining our goals.

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opinion of experts and stories to explain differe

opinion of experts and stories to explain different situation in which human will find itselfbut it is more like as man has invented machine and his travelling the cosmos In future does not seems to be true

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Engaging and thought provoking

I thought it would be a boring to listen a technical book but i need to accept that i was engaged through out the book and left me with lot of thoughts for food

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  • Management Consultant
  • 13-08-18

Great book. But not much new

It's a great book on a great topic. If you've already read homo deus, super intelligence or read about AI online, you will not learn much new though. But it is very well written.

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  • Andrey
  • 13-03-19

Excellent journey with good dive deeps

It may seems that the book will speculate on hot topic & buzzy words, but actually you got a perfectly cut gem that illustrates the problem, gradually educates you on the topic with no pressure with author opinion

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  • sonwabile
  • 26-12-21

excellent book

Amazing, interesting, at times dense, but very captivating. gives one a very clear understanding of the current AI topics.

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  • Fredrik
  • 08-02-21

Good book if you like to think about the future.

Good book about alot of the "what ifs" of AI and human future. A must read for people that like to know more about the future.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-08-20

To much emphasis on negativity

I found there was the book very negative regardibg AI. More aspects on the positive side of AI should be emphasized.

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  • KenjiPcx
  • 09-10-19

Decent book on AI

The beginning few chapters were filled with useful knowledge, but I felt like it got too unrealistic and boring at the chapters on space and beyond, which made me struggled a bit. Overall, great book. Narrator did a good job.

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  • Lupuleasa Ionut
  • 21-02-19

Highly relevant today and tomorrow

Max is such a beautiful mind.
If you enjoy any of the following :
AI
Science
Physics
Philosophy
Sci fi
Transhumanism
Society

You will enjoy this book

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  • Devis Deogratius
  • 09-06-18

Consciousness is physics!

I loved it. I am going to read it twice and more. It made me think of start reading physics for fun. It left me wondering maybe there could be law of physics that could illustrate witchcraft or Black Magic!! Max Tegemark what do you think? Come to Tanzania there are people seen instructing the sky to rain or a light to strike! Imagine transforming that lighting energy to electricity, we could bury the thought of Africa is a land of darkness!🤔

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  • Heisenberg
  • 09-04-18

Entertaining and thought provoking.

I have been waiting for this to come to audible, as Tegmark's mathematical universe is one of my favourite popular physics book. It does not disappoint. The subject matter is such an important one, that this book, as well as Nick Bostrom's superintelligence, should be mandatory reading for all politicians. Life 3.0 examines the great benefits and immense dangers, that artificial intelligence will offer in the decades to come, and does so in a superbly entertaining way. A word too for Rob Shapiro, who narrated Tegmark's previous book, as he does a faultless job here also. Highly recommended.

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  • Wras
  • 20-08-18

A good beginning to the end life 2.0

Definitions and concepts to ideas that are changing the world while humanity fights over gods and philosophies of other centuries, the shock will hit so hard it will change everything or everything will burn.
Politicians are pushing for population growth to stimulate economies and importing humans with retrograde religions to boost modern societies while these societies are advancing modes of technology that will diminish the necessity of ever-growing numbers of human to stimulate economies, and by the very nature of this technologies and sciences contradicting the exitance of god and our own importance as biological beings in this plane of reality. Time to have science influence politics a lot more than just as a possible future, but because science is the main engine of the future good or bad, and having social change created by half blind demagogs will not put us in line with the future shock.
Excelente expose of how our world is changing and how little of this information is bleeding into the general public as a possible total game changer.

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  • Sam H
  • 28-01-19

An interesting take on humanity and our future

The premise is really interesting, with a number of key issues posed and articulated in a way that is easily understandable to a person with only a passing understanding of the topic of AI.

There's a decent amount of futuristic thinking and philosophical element which could possibly have been addressed by a second contributor with a more humanist approach, but nonetheless was engaging from beginning to end.

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  • Dr Liz Miller
  • 06-10-19

More science fiction than science

This is a book that speculates about the future.
It’s problem is that it takes our current understanding as a basis for imagining where we might be going in the future

. Medical science,as well as most of biology, is still largely based on Victorian ideas, which are not perhaps as accurate as we might like to believe Until we have an accurate science of the present, we cannot rationally use it as a basis to speculate about the future
The book does contain some interesting ideas but for me it’s more Sci-fi than ‘Why’ and is therefore of limited value and factual accuracy

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  • Tom Deprins
  • 18-01-19

Great overview and up to date

Very broad coverage mostly on longer term impact of superintelligent AGI and research on AI safety. One of if not the best book on the topic. The book was also very much up to date with rapid evolution on the topic. The physics parts on the ultimate limits of AI could be skipped, these essentially describe the limits of our universe assuming our current knowledge is correct and state AI could use all to its benefit. Personally I found these bold and closer to Sci-fi than science, speculative at best... instead maybe spend a bit more time on neuroscience and brain-machine interfaces?

The narrator was really good.

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  • Mr. Bracher-Smith
  • 24-10-18

Good reading of a bad book

The interesting information in this book could have fit into a blog post, or maybe even just a paragraph. It was a mix of sci-fi, a love letter to Elon Musk, a little bit of AI history, and a lot of name dropping.

The worst bits were either when he tried to step into biology (it's usually quite cringy when physicists try to biology) and just how excessively preppy and privileged parts of it sounded, like saying that the Harvard graduate you're trying to recruit (to a program that got bank-rolled by Elon Musk. Oh, did he mentioned they'd met and were besties? Must have slipped out. So weird) agreed over dinner before you'd even got to the sushi.

To be fair, the reading was fine, some parts on famous AI figures like Stuart Russel were interesting, and it's probably quite hard to write a book while masturbating so furiously outside Elon Musk's bedroom window.

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  • Darren B.
  • 29-01-19

thought provoking

really insightful view of the future of humanity and the impact technology will have. the middle few chapters are a bit heavy at times but that's the only negative

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  • PvB
  • 19-11-18

Mind blowing and inspiring

It’s a must-read for every human being!
A lot of guessing and theories that can be abolished but still it’s a good start.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-18

Inspirational but frightening

An important summary of where we are headed as a species and as the guardians of the future of A.I.

The book goes through several science fiction and science fact(ion) scenarios, from utopian to dystopian. These help to illustrate, in vivid colours, the ethically challenging pathways that a superintelligent A.I. could take in the near future, and their potential impact on human society.

Tegmark writes passionately without succumbing to the naive enthusiasm of the most lurid techno-optimists. In fact, since I am (perhaps) one of those sorry people, he appears to me excessively conservative when he cautions the reader against the risks associated with unregulated and undirected A.I. But he simultaneously waxes lyrical about the positive powers of enhancement that A.I. could bring.
(The reader is thus served hot and cold dishes in schizophrenic rotation. Which I don't mind.)

One thing that Tegmark has special expertise in is space (he is a physicist), so the chapters on space exploration and colonisation are the most solidly grounded and, for that reason, inspiring of awe. But even outside his purported main area of expertise, he pulls no punches: the chapters on ethics and consciousness, for example, are eminently thoughtful and illuminating. The importance he readily gives to philosophy as the arbiter of the big questions of the future warms this philosopher's heart.

Overall, the book sheds light on the current state of knowledge around A.I. research in a fruitful and exciting way. I wish there had been more discussion on the possibility of the transhumanistic fusion between man and machine via biotechnological engineering. It seems unlikely that, barring catastrophe, we will be left behind as a biological relic stuck at a permanently low stage of development. While I agree with Tegmark that we need ethical guidelines, I am not so convinced that consensus building leads to an optimal outcome. The (reasonable) ethical and political concerns around A.I., as well as around transhumanistic self-modification and -enhancement, might do more harm than good, unless the liberty of experimentation is safeguarded (of course within the cautionary bounds of internalized externalities).

Dreamy stuff. Nightmarish, too. Frightful hope is knocking robotically at the door, so you better take it like a (hu)man. Or a man machine.

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  • Ant
  • 07-06-20

Phenomenal

Some really thought provoking ideas and considerations read by a fantastic narrator. A must-listen if you’re at all interested in AI.

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  • Craig
  • 10-11-19

Absolutely awesome.

I have listened to it 3 times. Just so much wisdom and thoughtful moments. the opening scenario alone is worth the cost of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-19

Insightful

Very insightful book exploring the conceivable possibilities associated with future artificial intelligence and super intelligence

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-22

Must Listen!

one of the most important and impactful books I've ever heard. really dives deep into the future of AI and the risks and possibilities associated

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-22

Fascinating book

Astounding... also great narration👍

this will open a door into all kinds of subjects especially physics

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-21

inspiring book about our future

Max Tegmark prefers to focus on solutions to current and potential issues with artificial intelligence, and emphasises that may come from this. A worthwhile listen/read.

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  • Will
  • 28-05-21

Fascinating and very approachable

Very enjoyable as well as thought provoking, Max Tegmark explains what artificial intelligence is now and could be in the future.
A great read (listen).

Small note that when the audio book mentions chapter numbers (only a couple of times in the book) they are incorrect for the audio book, as the print book's Prologue is rendered as Chapter 1 in the audio book.

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  • Paul Razvan
  • 04-02-21

Amazing book, very thorough and informative

Goes deep in the topocs of AI looking through the physics and philosophical lens.

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  • Shannon
  • 20-07-20

fascinating

an excellent and interesting book. I was interested in AI but haven't had not read up on the topic. now I feel I have the basic concepts to move into the areas of interest in more detail.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-05-20

This is what I wanted to know about A.I.

Accessible, but un-patronising. If you wonder about the future of artificial intelligence and it's place within the wider context of life in the universe, this is an excellent resource.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-19

Best answer to the pessimism of Homo Deus

There are so many future prediction books that are essentially the lovecraftian horror of real life. After reading a few, I had to keep going, looking for at least a hope of a path to genuine optimism, but kept encountering destabilizing intellectuals who philosophized everything of meaning into ash; we already have the likes of Nietzsche for that! Or other thought leaders who seemed to be burying their heads in the sand on certain topics. Even Steven Pinkner's works, while brilliant in their own right, often made dismissive strawmen of the AI concerns instead of tackling the nuances.

This is the best answer to dystopian books like Homo Deus I've read so far. Many thanks, my day is a fair bit brighter.