General Artificial Intelligence, or AGI for short is the intelligence of a machine that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can.
Many scientists expect to reach it within few decades. Combined with progress in robotics, general artificial intelligence will be the first step to a new kind of machines. They will quickly surpass the best humans in any task.
There is no doubt that a new generation of super-intelligent machines will dramatically impact the future of humanity. The world can turn into a dystopia with possibly extinction of humans. A bright and wonderful future is also a possible outcome. This is the topic of the TED talk (see video below) of Max Tegmark. He describes the concrete steps we should take today to ensure that AI ends up being the best — rather than worst — thing to ever happen to humanity.
Max Tegmark is an MIT professor, and president of the Future of Life Institute. He is the author of the New York Times best seller: “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”.
Summary of Book “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”
Life 3.0 Book
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.