Life 3.0

Life 3.0

By Max Tegmark


The Tale(tāl) of the Omega(ōˈmāɡə) Team

The Omega Team was the soul of the company. Whereas the rest of the enterprise(ˈen(t)ərˌprīz) brought in the money to keep things going, by various commercial applications of narrow(ˈnerō) AI, the Omega Team pushed ahead in their quest for what had always been the CEO’s dream: building general artificial intelligence. Most other employees viewed “the Omegas,” as they affectionately(əˈfekSHənətlē) called them, as a bunch of pie-in-the-sky dreamers, perpetually(pərˈpeCHo͞oəlē) decades away from their goal. They happily indulged(inˈdəlj) them, however, because they liked the prestige(preˈstēZH) that the cutting-edge work of the Omegas gave their company, and they also appreciated the improved algorithms that the Omegas occasionally gave them.

What they didn’t realize was that the Omegas had carefully crafted their image to hide a secret: they were extremely(ikˈstrēmlē) close to pulling off the most audacious(ôˈdāSHəs) plan in human history. Their charismatic(ˌkerəzˈmadik) CEO had handpicked them not only for being brilliant researchers, but also for ambition, idealism(īˈdē(ə)ˌlizəm) and a strong commitment to helping humanity. He reminded them that their plan was extremely dangerous, and that if powerful governments found out, they would do virtually anything—including kidnapping(ˈkidnapiNG)—to shut them down or, preferably(ˈpref(ə)rəblē), to steal(stēl) their code. But they were all in, 100%, for much the same reason that many of the world’s top physicists(ˈfizəsəst) joined the Manhattan Project to develop nuclear weapons: they were convinced that if they didn’t do it first, someone less idealistic(ˌīdē(ə)ˈlistik) would.亚马逊网站&ref=nb_sb_noss