AI is the future – but what will that future look like? Will superhuman intelligence be our slave, or become our god? Taking us to the heart of the latest thinking about AI, Max Tegmark, author of the book “Life 3.0 – Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” and the MIT professor whose work has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial, separates myths from reality, utopias from dystopias, to explore the next phase of our existence. How can we grow our prosperity through automation, without leaving people lacking income or purpose? How can we ensure that future AI systems do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will AI help life flourish as never before, or will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, and even, perhaps, replace us altogether?
The media is abuzz with stories of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already having a remarkable impact on science, technology and people’s lives. But do we really understand how AI is helping us now, and more importantly what it might mean for our imminent future? To answer this question, let’s examine some of the recent breakthroughs and challenges in the field of artificial intelligence, and use that insight to explore where this technology can go from here.