How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society, and our humanity? How can we be prosperous with the rise of AI without taking away the livelihood of our working population? And what advice should we give today’s kids?
Max Tegmark’s Life 3.0, a New York Times bestseller, seeks to answer these questions. Artificial Intelligence will, without a doubt, be a defining part of our future. It has the potential to transform our way of life more than any other technology – a notion that frightens many. As an MIT physics professor, Max has spent much of his life researching ways to keep AI beneficial to our society, which is vital to our preservation in the years ahead.
Watch Max Tegmark in the video below to learn more about how AI will change our future, and how we can make the best of what’s to come.
Transcription of Max Tegmark on how A.I. will change our future.
AI is coming for your job. No job can be safe forever, but to buy time, your best bet is to pursue jobs that machines are bad at. Those involving people, unpredictability, or creativity. Avoid careers that involve repetitive or structured actions in a predictable setting, like telemarketers, warehouse workers, cashiers, train operators, bakers, or line cooks. All of these are already on the brink of automation. Now, with self-driving cars on the horizon, jobs for drivers are likely to fall by the wayside too..
And even jobs you might not worry about are at risk, like paralegals, credit analysts, loan officers, bookkeepers, tax accountants. These careers aren’t on the endangered list for imminent extinction, but many of their elements are getting automated. Meaning much fewer such jobs.
Killer robots aren’t fiction. We’re on the verge of starting an out-of-control arms race in AI controlled weapons, which can weaken today’s powerful nations by making cheap and convenient assassination machines available to everybody with a full wallet and axe to grind. Including terrorist groups. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks like assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations, and selectively killing a particular ethnic group. This is why leading AI researchers oppose this technology, and are pushing for an international AI arms control treaty. Which the United Nations is going to consider this November.
AI can help humanity flourish. Of course, AI isn’t all doom and gloom. Since everything we love about civilization is the product of intelligence, amplifying our own intelligence with AI has the potential to help life flourish like never before. Solving our thorniest problems from disease, to climate, justice, and poverty.
In the meantime, it’s critical that we invest in AI safety research to ensure that it remains beneficial as its impact on society grows. For example, how do we transform today’s buggy and hackable computers into robust AI systems that we can really trust? How can we make machines learn, adopt, and retain our goals? These are challenging questions that might take decades to answer. So we need to start a crash research effort now, to ensure that we have the answers when we need them.