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Sapiens showed us where we came from. In our increasingly uncertain times, Homo Deus shows us where we're going.
The world-renowned historian and intellectual Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.
It asks the fundamental questions: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?
'Even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens' Kazuo Ishiguro
'Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. It will make you think in ways you had not thought before' Daniel Kahneman, bestselling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow
"Even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens" (Kazuo Ishiguro Guardian Books of the Year)
"An exhilarating book that takes the reader deep into questions of identity, consciousness and intelligence" (Observer)
"A brilliantly original, thought-provoking and important study of where mankind is heading." (Evening Standard)
"Spellbinding… a quirky and cool book, with a sliver of ice at its heart" (Guardian)
"An intoxicating brew of science, philosophy and futurism." (Mail on Sunday)
"Yuval Noah Harari is the most entertaining and thought-provoking writer of non-fiction at the moment. As with Sapiens, you finish the book feeling much wiser" (Matt Haig)
"An exhilarating book that takes the reader deep into questions of identity, consciousness and intelligence… Harari is a naturally gifted explainer, invariably ready with a telling anecdote or memorable analogy. As a result, it’s tempting to see him less as historian than as some kind of all-purpose sage." (Andrew Anthony Observer)
"Sets out with enviable (and alarming) lucidity the massive challenges now facing our species as genetic technologies, AI and robotics alter forever our relationships with one another and with other species. It’s even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens." (Kazuo Ishiguro Guardian Books of the Year)
"I think the mark of a great book is that it not only alters the way you see the world after you've read it, it also casts the past in a different light. In Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari shows us where mankind is headed in an absolutely clear-sighted & accessible manner. I don't normally ask for autographs but I got a bit starstruck & asked him to sign my copy of his book after we'd had a conversation for my show on BBC 6Music. His inscription reads: 'The future is in your hands' - a good thing to remember when such great changes are afoot." (Jarvis Cocker Mail on Sunday) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.
Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible: turn the uncontrollable forces of nature--namely famine, plague, and war--into manageable challenges. Today more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists, and criminals combined. We are the only species in earth's long history that has single-handedly changed the entire planet, and we no longer expect any higher being to mold our destinies for us.
What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? What destinies will we set for ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century, from overcoming death to creating artificial life. But the pursuit of these very goals may ultimately render most human beings superfluous. So where do we go from here? And how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? We cannot stop the march of history, but we can influence its direction.
Future-casting typically assumes that tomorrow, at its heart, will look much like today: we will possess amazing new technologies, but old humanist values like liberty and equality will guide us. Homo Deus dismantles these assumptions and opens our eyes to a vast range of alternative possibilities, with provocative arguments on every page, among them:
- The main products of the twenty-first-century economy will not be textiles, vehicles, and weapons but bodies, brains, and minds.
- While the Industrial Revolution created the working class, the next big revolution will create the useless class.
- The way humans have treated animals is a good indicator for how upgraded humans will treat us.
- Democracy and the free market will both collapse once Google and Facebook know us better than we know ourselves, and authority will shift from individual humans to networked algorithms.
- Humans won't fight machines; they will merge with them. We are heading toward marriage rather than war.
This is the shape of the new world, and the gap between those who get on board and those left behind will be larger than the gap between industrial empires and agrarian tribes, larger even than the gap between Sapiens and Neanderthals. This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.--Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B019CGXTP0
- Publisher : Vintage Digital; 1st edition (8 September 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 18700 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 491 pages
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I expected this book to be similar to “Sapiens: Brief History of Humankind” which was a fantastic book but I was wrong, this book is a mess. It says on the title “Brief History of Tomorrow” but all it talks is about the present and not enough about the future.
This book mainly focuses on knowing what is happening right now, what is going to happen and how to live in the future world. I am not joking but over 60% of information was unnecessary for me which made me ask myself “should I stop reading this book?” I noticed that this book is too informative and not enough opinion from the author.
“Sapiens” talked about widely through human emotions to technological evolution but in Homo Deus, most of the chapters are about technology and I was tired of that.
I totally prefer buying “Sapiens” rather than this awful book and if you are willing to buy the book I recommend in the book rather than ebook and audible.
I am not saying that this book is the worst for everyone, it just didn’t fit in my type of book that I like and I would prefer this book to a person who wants to learn about the present technology behind the life we live in. I also recommend this book for a young reader who needs to realise how future life is going to be tough and uneasy.
Although it has many problems with this book, there are some important message and lesson within.
Really enjoyed this book, but the second half is the most gripping. It offers a number of paths humanity can take into the future and to be honest all are fairly bleak.
The only point to raise with this book is that whilst Sapiens is reasonably timeless as it covers humanity from inception to modern day, Homo Deus will date fairly quickly, so I recommend reading it soon!
He anticipates that the so called Godly human will have no requirement for knowledge, He says knowledge and data is often mistakenly secured and created through so called misinformation which he says the brain creates to analyse experience ,
. Because of this and the profound knowledge of the life sciences we now espouse the he says introduction of computers and artificial intelligence, m will take away our animality and feelings which he looks upon with a certain degree of disrespect and lack of understanding.
He almost denigrates our past history as being something which has failed in certain ways, and therefore we have to look towards a new consensus going beyond liberalism, to a so called utopia of Homo Deus but basically not understanding that we're really entering a dystopia .He has no conception of the Orwellian world.
I think he's cozying up to such people as Ray Kurzweil and Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg, He is trying to inform the public that we're going into a wonderful new world, which may in fact dehumanize people to the extent they will become purely and simply homos cyborgs.
It's a very depressing book, which is enlivened by his intelligence, but lacking the basic understanding of what the feeling and spiritual nature of humanity is.
This is because he does not understand the nature of consciousness, and the huge advances in this research .In fact, he has no understanding of the new science of life based on consciousness, and he is really backward in his conceptualization.
I rated this book slightly less because I feel the author underestimates and undervalues humanism. There's no mention in the book for example about enlightened self-interest the philosophy in ethics which I experience as being a very powerful force for good in the world.
I'm also a dataism skeptic and don't accept all the hype about freedom of information when insight is the key not information.
Despite my misgivings above I still think this book is a highly valuable read and makes a great contribution to what our future will be like. And I will be getting the authors next book as soon as I press submit.
Beautifully constructed with recurrent themes throughout that not only help you understand his points but also make you go ‘Wow - I never thought of it like that before.’
His insights into what brought mankind to this point are very insightful.
His predictions into where we're headed I found less convincing - but who knows. Time will tell.
Certainly gave me plenty to think about.
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The best thing about it is the way Harari effortlessly threads different fields of anthropology, biology, neuroscience, behavioural economics, economics, psychology, history and philosophy.
I would say that some of the terminology could be easier to grasp; his breakdown of the liberalism world view and dataism could go over the heads of the layman.
Harai is a visionary; and this book sets out a well-backed up case for a warning for humanity as we approach an age dominated by genetic modification, AI and super-humans.
Discussion of where we might go tomorrow is too short and badly thought through; very badly thought through in fact.
Almost like it was constructed from existing material with a new ending added on. I haven't read Sapiens yet, but I'm suspicious that might the existing material bit...
It certainly helps me come to terms with my thoughts and beliefs about religion and humanity. It turns out I am a liberal humanist, now who would have thought!
It answers questions for me, such as “why are we here” (Why does there have to be a “why”?) and “where are we going?”
If I had stopped and put my thoughts down on paper, used common sense and considered the technical and medical world as it is, I would probably have come to the same conclusion contained in the book. It’s all a bit obvious, but we don’t think of it, and so we don’t know how to answer those questions. Do we really believe medical advances are going to slow down or stop? Do we really believe that technology advances are going to slow down or stop? The answer to both is “no”.
So, if that’s the case, it’s obvious that we will inevitably achieve immortality once aging and disease have been removed.
So then what? Imagine increasing our lives by just a quarter. When do we stop work? How do we support ourselves? What meaning will we have in our long long lives? Where’s the food coming from?
I love this book and I’m going to have to read it again, because it’s difficult to take it all in the first time through.