Best-selling Author on A.I.
Being human in the age of A.I.
Max Tegmark is Professor in the Department of Physics at MIT and the best-selling author of Life 3.0: Being Human In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence (2017).
Known for his unorthodox ideas and passion for adventure, Max's scientific interests range from precision cosmology to the ultimate nature of reality, which he explored in his popular book Our Mathematical Universe: my quest for the ultimate nature of reality (2014).
He has published more than two hundred technical papers and has featured in dozens of science documentaries. His work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.”
He is founder (with Anthony Aguirre) of the Foundational Questions Institute, an organisation that provides grants to catalyse, support, and disseminate research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology.
Max's energy and passion for the biggest questions facing humanity leap from the pages of his best-selling books. It's an infectious enthusiasm that also comes across in his energetic, witty and thought-provoking talks.
His aim is not only to help us understand the dangers presented by A.I., but also its positive potential. In his own words...
"I'm fascinated by A.I. and the the future of life. There's been much talk about A.I. disrupting the job market and enabling new weapons, but very few scientists talk seriously about the elephant in the room: what will happen once machines outsmart us at all tasks? That's why I wrote [Life 3.0], to help you join the most important conversation of our time."
"This is a compelling guide to the challenges and choices in our quest for a great future of life, intelligence and consciousness—on Earth and beyond."
— Elon Musk, Founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX and co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors
"All of us—not only scientists, industrialists and generals—should ask ourselves what can we do now to improve the chances of reaping the benefits of future AI and avoiding the risks. This is the most important conversation of our time, and Tegmark's thought-provoking book will help you join it."
— Stephen Hawking, Director of Research, Cambridge Centre for Theoretical Cosmology
"Tegmark's new book is a deeply thoughtful guide to the most important conversation of our time, about how to create a benevolent future civilisation as we merge our biological thinking with an even greater intelligence of our own creation."
— Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Author and Futurist, author of The Singularity is Near and How to Create a Mind