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Life 3.0

Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
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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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repeating

great effort and wide balanced approach.
However, I heard every argument and sub argument at least 3 times in this book and sometimes much more than that.
examples are great but one compelling example is enough, I don't need them all.

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Awesome

Incredibly simple to understand, even for foreign people. Difficult concept in simple words. Beautifully written and spoken. Really happy about the purchase. 100% recommended even if you don't care about AI

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Wow. Very eye opening and comprehensive

This is an amazing look into what the future could look like with so many different examples. the authors knowledge is incredible. Can't wait to utilise the new technology.

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Brilliant

An inspired, thoughtful and articulate contribution to the conversation on the future of AI and life. Great performance by the narrator.

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Exploration of the future of AI and hence, life.

This was a pretty through exploration. it makes connections to physics, which the arguments of what is possible is built on. Tegmark pushes the argument for AI safety research and provides solid reasoning for doing so.

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Insightful exploration of our potential AI future

Life 3.0 is a insightful exploration of the potential direction of AI. It begins with a story of a potential near future of the stealth development of a superintelligence which is provocative and sets the scene to explore in depth a comprehensive set of different perspectives and possibilities of how this exciting field will develop.
Max is pragmatic, realistic, scientific, and thorough in explaining his thoughts on an unknown future that could be wondrous or disastrous. He not only delivers a message of hope but is actively engaged in moving this field in a positive direction for the benefit of all.

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The clearest breakdown of present and future A.I.

I've read a dozen books in the genre - mainly from Kurzweil and Bostrom - and Max Tegmark's is right now the clearest, most reasonable, and most relevant I know. Highly recommend.

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Very speculative, but interesting

A book about AI safety research with a hefty dose of speculation about the future of intelligence from a physicist's perspective.

Its main purpose seems to be to provoke thought and explore possible questions about super intelligent AI and it acknowledges the enormous uncertainty in this area.

It's a bit repetitive as an audio book as it was intended as a text reference where readers could jump to sections of interest.

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Loved it. One of the best books i've heard. Thanks to that author for writing this book.

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Thought provoking material. A lot to digest.

I really loved the broad range of ideas and possibilities outlined in this book and the encouragement from the author to think about the future of life and consciousness in the universe, not just AI for the world we live in now and over the next century.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Peter Lawless
  • 08-12-2018

Plan on being alive in 2025? Read this!

What an amazing story.. beautifully crafted glimpse into the future.. with an ending we, as humanity, will help create.

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  • Eoin
  • 03-12-2018

A massively important book

Not at all what I expected when I started listening to it in that it is less about the technology and more about the implications of the technology for how we think of ourselves as human beings. Not just food for thought but entire banquets of thinking and discussion.

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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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  • Jonathan89
  • 16-11-2018

Brilliantly articulate and thought provoking

One of the best books on AI I've read. The author makes sound, balanced and logical arguments for the future of AI and our human role in it. His metaphors, examples and lengthy but easy to read explanations make it easier to understand the AI debate and he forms some clear definitions early on to make sure the context is always clear. Definitely worth a reread though.

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  • S Gill
  • 15-11-2018

Blown away

I was equally scared and excited for the future. Thought provoking in the extreme. You realize that you need to understand this topic before AI takes over.

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  • Andrew Hanton
  • 04-11-2018

required reading

i loved this. so relevant, engrossing and perfectly pitched for the curious. fast changing world. keep us updated

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  • Jacob Heisterberg-Andersen
  • 23-10-2018

Thoughtful, exiting and provocative

Not a book you consume cover to cover in one go. Need time to digest and reflect but extremely well argumented and told. Many good perspectives and a fantastic introduction to AI, the core elements, potential challenges and benefits.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-10-2018

Truely enlightening

The way Tegmark explores not only the concepts of AI but also it's capability and it's potential future is truely enlightening.
He speaks on a very critical point, for AI to be successful we must understand what it means for humans to have success and ultimately if we don't figure that out the probable outcome is that AI will change our lives but not for the better.
This makes me appreciate in terms I didn't comprehend before the real need of AI Safety research - AI is not a toy to be played with we need to create a barrier to stop people creating something that will ultimately tip us over the edge of no return.

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