Life 3.0 - Max Tegmark

Life 3.0

By Max Tegmark

  • Release Date: 2017-08-29
  • Genre: Engineering
Score: 4.5
From 98 Ratings


New York Times Best Seller

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.


  • Great content and topic

    By AndySpenceMac
    Mac does a great job when writing about physics to make it interesting. Where he wonders too far into the sci-fi space, it’s becomes hard to read. Great topic and great content, just feel like it could’ve been more concise. Nonetheless, it’s not like I’ve written a book worth reading so kudos to him on such a difficult and needed topic.
  • TMI and in need of a good editor

    By Purveyor of fine fish
    It felt like the book was a data dump of everything the authors knew or anyone has ever speculated about AI. I wish it offered more poetry and less math. The book is too much of a Star Wars hype than a cool headed prospective on IT.
  • The case for optimism

    By waldhaus1
    A thoughtful and erudite review of the state of artificial intelligence as well as the challenges and opportunities it offers humanity. I found the analysis of consciousness and the question of whether machines will ever be consciousness. The author is marshalling thoughtful people to work together to avoid a future where insensitive machines rule the for roost.
  • Engaging and thought provoking

    By mattv123
    This book explores the nuances of AI and its impact from many angles, with a strong basis in physics. I loved how the author breaks down and weaves together mind-bending scenarios and concepts to leave you thinking about what AI will mean for us here on earth now and for millions of years to come. It is a fascinating read and leaves you astutely aware of what challenges - largely ethically and technologically - that lie ahead for us as we evolve into a world of AI.
  • Amazing!

    By usingfromjersey
    Just finished the exciting new book, "Life 3.0" by Max Tegmark about the seemingly inexorable rise of artificial intelligence. The book was outstanding in both scope and depth of knowledge that Tegmark is able to present in an engaging and extremely thought provoking way. We are about 50 years away from "Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)", computers with the ability to accomplish any cognitive task at least as well as humans. With the rise of these computers, humans will no longer be the smartest entities on the planet. What kind of future do we want? Highly recommend the book to anyone interested in biology, and computers. Great pictures and graphics too.