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Max Tegmark

Science, Technology, TED Talk Speaker

Travels from Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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Max Tegmark Profile

  • MIT physicist, Dr. Max Tegmark is one of the world's pioneering researchers on the potential benefits and pitfalls of superhuman artificial intelligence.

  • As Founder of the Future of Life Institute, Tegmark brings together the world's greatest minds in AI research to determine how we can manage and engineer AI that benefits humanity while avoiding possible calamity.

  • Dr. Tegmark has published over 200 technical papers on physics, cosmology, and AI, and is the best-selling author of Our Mathematical Universe and Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.
  • MIT professor Max Tegmark is known for his out-of-the-box ideas and decades of contributions to physics, cosmology, and AI. As the cofounder of the Future of Life Institute, he brings together leading actors in AI research, including Elon Musk and Larry Page, to explore the development and potential outcomes of super intelligent machines and how we can reap the benefits of them while avoiding the pitfalls.

    Dr. Tegmark is dedicated to making sure that as AI evolves, that it works to better all of society. His current research focuses on creating AI that can be trusted via engineering systems of reasoning that can be easily followed and understood.

    Dr. Tegmark is the author of over 200 scientific papers, twelve of which have been cited over 500 times. He has published two best-selling books, Our Mathematical Universe and Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, Dr. Tegmark has been interviewed in numerous documentaries including Do You Trust This Computer, Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives, and several episodes of Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible.

    Much of his early work focuses on astrophysics, specifically cosmic precision, new technology for low-frequency radio interferometry, and theories that describe the universe as a mathematical structure and possible multiverses. He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2012 and chosen as the winner of Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.”

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      Max Tegmark is a professor doing physics and AI research at MIT, and advocates for positive use of technology as president of the Future of Life Institute. He is the author of over 200 publications as well as the New York Times bestsellers “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” and „Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality”. His work with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey 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 Tegmark is driven by curiosity, both about how our universe works and about how we can use the science and technology we discover to help humanity flourish rather than flounder. He is known as “Mad Max” for his unorthodox ideas and passion for adventure.

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    Dr. Max Tegmark takes on the most complicated questions evolving around AI and the future of humanity. He argues with planning and hard work, we can avoid potential crises and problems that could result from poorly managed AI, and instead embark on exciting opportunities that will make life better for everyone on earth…and quite possibly across the universe.

    Known as “Mad Max,” the “mad” part is debatable, but undoubtedly, Dr. Tegmark is a fun and charming presenter full of rich ideas that will get you thinking about the kind of society we want to create and the role we want AI to play in it.

    Some of the big questions Max addresses are:

  • If AI succeeds in eclipsing human general intelligence within decades, as many leading AI researchers predict, then how can we make it the best rather than worst thing ever to happen to humanity?
  • How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose?
  • What career advice should we give today’s kids?
  • How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked?
  • How can we make machines understand, adopt and retain our goals, and whose goals should should they be?
  • What future should we steer toward?

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    Books by Max Tegmark:

    Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
    How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

    How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?

    What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.



    Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
    Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last—this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians.

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