Physicist Max Tegmark on the promise and pitfalls of artificial intelligence [Venture Beat]

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June 10, 2018

by @Kyle_L_Wiggers

To describe Max Tegmark’s career as “storied” is to do the Swedish-American physicist a disservice. He’s a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute, and cofounder of the Future of Life Institute (FLI). He’s published more than 200 publications and developed data analysis tools for microwave background experiments. And he’s been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions to cosmology.

He’s also one of the foremost thinkers in artificial intelligence. In 2015, Elon Musk donated $10 million to FLI to advance research into the ethical, legal, and economic effects of AI systems. Tegmark’s latest book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, postulates that neural networks of the future may be able to redesign their own hardware and internal structure. Later chapters explore the potential implications of “superintelligent AI,” some of which include the integration of machines and humans, altered social structures, and algorithms that watch over their creators like a benevolent king...

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