Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (8/10)

Having spent over a year exploring chatbots I've been pretty skeptical of AI's potential to challenge human intelligence. This book drastically changed my perspective. AI is unlikely to achieve human levels of general intelligence in the short term, but the rate of technological progress over the last 50 years (think iphone + internet) hints at the potential for incredible improvements when you consider a 50 year & 100 year time-frame. This book explores a number of scenarios which could unfold when AI super-intelligence is achieved, many of which end poorly for humans!

People don’t think twice about flooding anthills to build hydroelectric dams, so let’s not place humanity in the position of those ants. Most researchers therefore argue that if we ever end up creating super-intelligence, then we should make sure it’s what AI-safety pioneer Eliezer Yudkowsky has termed “friendly AI”: AI whose goals are aligned with ours.


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