Posts Tagged ‘AI Revolution’

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of AI

January 30, 2018

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, is the most hopeful book I have read for our times. Author, Mark Tegmark, an MIT physicist, is an engaging writer. I say this, despite being a tech challenged reader, unable to conceptualize bits and bytes. I am optimistic about the possibility that robots could be designed to help us design and experience a healthy, safe, and harmonious world with all life forms.

For the last 50 years, we have been working on raising our consciousness about the rights of all humans and societies, wildlife, environment, and planetary needs. In order to design and build AI robots, we need to program them to do no harm, and to respect the rights of all living beings, including the Earth. But to program robots, we need to first clean up our own act.

In 1988, Isaac Asimov noted that “the saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Life 3.0 is about necessary research and steps we humans must take with robot development to ensure a bright, healthy future.  Tegmark takes us through research to date on the precautions necessary for safe passage into a bright future with robot support.

To improve prospects of the AI Revolution ending well, Tegmark recommends:that we each become mindful optimists and develop positive visions for the future, for ourselves and for humanity.

  • that we educate our young to make technology robust and beneficial and improve human society before AI takes off.
  • that we modernize our laws before technology makes them obsolete.
  • that we resolve international conflicts before they escalate an arms race in autonomous weapons.
  • that we create an economy that ensures prosperity for all before AI potentially amplifies inequalities.
  • that we agree on some basic ethical standards before we start teaching these standards to powerful machines.
  • that we create a more harmonious human society characterized by cooperation toward shared goals.

In sum, the list gives us direction, the book explores the how, and continues to be a work in progress. Tegmark has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial and invites us to join in the conversation.

The future could indeed be bright and it is up to each of us to join together and make that bright future happen.