A drawing I did based on the first chapter of Max Tegmark’s Life 3.0 — The Tale of the Omega’s

At the end of January 2019, it suddenly dawned on me that my understanding of artificial intelligence was insufficient. It is increasingly impacting our every day. AI defends our inboxes from spam, it powers weather updates from Alexa, it enables Amazon to recommend a purchase or Netflix to suggest a movie. Every time we open Twitter or Facebook, it’s human versus an AI that knows us better than we know ourselves. Yet here I was — a professed technologist with so little awareness of what AI actually is.

It was while listening to an interview with Wired magazine founder, Kevin…

20 days ago, I descended into a free-fall through 100 days of Artificial Intelligence. I’m 20% through now but feel just a fraction of a percent better equipped. I also feel a mixture of fear and optimism. No skepticism though. Artificial General Intelligence, Human Level Machine Intelligence, Superintelligence — our homo machina descendants, it’s coming. It’s not a matter of if but when.

Max Tegmark seems to share this opinion. I chewed through his book, Life 3.0 and then jumped straight into Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence — both musings on the potential and the plight of humanity as it relates to…

Jamie Beach

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