* Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence is a nerdy book that pretends that readers will start by learning about NAND gates and end up musing about the cyber-safety requirements of AI. Not very likely, I think. I do not doubt that the author is brilliant, and he does a good job of explaining the various factions around AI, from techno-skeptics to digital utopians. But he seems to live mostly on the MIT campus and in his brain rather than the real world. This book is likely to make us feel stupid rather than empowered to participate in the debate about how to regulate the algorithms around us.

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