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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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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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Insightful

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

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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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Amazing book, very thorough and informative

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

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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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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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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.

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Scary but optimistic

Engaging predictions with its pluses and minuses.
A high degree of cooperation is what is being suggested. with compelling arguments.

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Mainstreaming AI safety was and is the goal !

Mainstreaming AI safety was and is the goal !


Life 3.0 details the negative and positive aspects and expectations of AI.
The writer and reader give a detailed explanation that allows you to form the image in your mind.


In sections, this book is science fiction.
It paints a picture of what could be humanities future, with breathtaking detail and storytelling.
Then in other clearly defined sections, it will cleverly switch to a more technical and research based narrative to inform and keep you balanced in your perspective about AI.


It left me more knowledgeable about both the negatives and positives, with a greater optimism.
Despite media click bait and sensationalism, there are alot of people actively researching AI safety, but the positive rarely makes the headlines in today's society.


I recommend this book for people who want a positive future through embracing technology rather than fearing it.
This book gives you the awareness of the dark and bright sides of AI.


AI is not going away,
You can either embrace it and make it work for you,
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You can fear it and let it control you.


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Enlightening

The arguments presented are very enlightening and engaging. However you need to concentrate as some of the topics are quite complex. The performance was well rounded too.

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  • Management Consultant
  • 13-08-2018

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
  • 13-03-2019

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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  • Fredrik
  • 08-02-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-2020

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
  • 09-10-2019

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
  • 21-02-2019

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
  • 09-06-2018

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
  • 09-04-2018

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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  • Sam H
  • 28-01-2019

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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  • Tom Deprins
  • 18-01-2019

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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  • Dr Liz Miller
  • 06-10-2019

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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  • Darren B.
  • 29-01-2019

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
  • 19-11-2018

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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  • Wras
  • 20-08-2018

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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  • Ant
  • 07-06-2020

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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  • Mario
  • 02-06-2020

Must listen - future of life

One of the most interesting books I have read/listen... very inspiring to take action in creating better and brighter future.

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  • Callum Villmeter
  • 16-03-2020

Mind blowing!

This book had been on my list for sometime, finally I have gotten around to it and let's just say not disappointed in the slightest.

Such a depth, just wonderful!

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