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- Publisher: Harperaudio; Unabridged edition (21 February 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062657305
- ISBN-13: 978-0062657305
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.8 x 14.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
In Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari examines humanity’s future, offering a vision of tomorrow that at first seems incomprehensible but soon looks undeniable: humanity will soon lose not only its dominance, but its very meaning.
Over the past century, humankind has managed to turn the uncontrollable forces of nature—namely, famine, plague, and war—into manageable challenges. 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. We cannot stop the march of history, but we can influence its direction.
Future-casting typically assumes that tomorrow will look much like today: we will possess amazing new technologies, but old humanist values like liberty and equality will still guide us. Homo Deus dismantles these assumptions and opens our eyes to a vast range of alternative possibilities, with provocative arguments:
- The main products of the twenty-first-century economy will be bodies, brains, and minds.
- 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 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 next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.
Read by Derek Perkins
About the Author
Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in history from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His first book, Sapiens, was translated into more than forty languages and became a bestseller in the US, the UK, France, China, Korea, and numerous other countries.
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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!
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.’
Humorous in parts yet sobering, capturing what appears to be the potential stranglehold of an unprecedented reductionism foreclosing upon humanity in the context of our beliefs & ideologies past & present that threaten the intrinsic value of humanity & what it means to be human. One can draw a parallel to to the idea of evolutionary flaws (e.g. see Koestler's book trilogy) wrought large in an Information Age with unprecedented access to data, and data processing tools. The question is what becomes of us, and our nature, in the future created by that very same nature when our intelligence lives beyond our biology? In a sense, the book encourages us to imagine in a more realistic and possible way how machines we originally created can come to dominate us, or render us helpless or useless.
This book seeks to address the most important questions facing man “Why are we here.” “ does our life matter?” And “What does the future hold?” The authors thoughts on these questions will leave you pondering....
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