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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Kindle Edition
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In his critically acclaimed international bestseller Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari explained how humankind came to rule the planet. In Homo Deus, he examines humanity's future, offering a vision of tomorrow that at first seems incomprehensible but soon looks undeniable: humanity will lose not only its dominance, but its very meaning.
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 still 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.--Washington Post --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- Print Length : 491 pages
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- Publisher : Vintage Digital (8 September 2016)
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B019CGXTP0
- Best Sellers Rank: #113 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I took quite sometime to read this because the information and analysis was done over years of study with references from many papers/journals/conferences.
Enjoyed the book thoroughly and cheers to Yuval Noah Harari for this masterpiece.
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The book leaves one wondering how our children and grandchildren would navigate this world. Nature and her magic are still completely unpredictable, for every new solution she tends to throw up many more problems. This is a book that must be read by every one to understand where we stand today.
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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...
I know some readers have criticised Hariri's sometimes sweeping statements, or questioned the depth of his technical knowledge but, for me, this misses the point. Harari is not writing an academic treatise; he has produced a unique blend of history, science, philosophy and psychology designed to make us think about the future, based on what we know about human nature from our past.
I have learned a lot that is new from the book and every page gives me a new way of thinking about things I already knew, insights which I can already relate to things that are happening around me. For example, a recent BBC2 series, 'Secrets of Silicon Valley' where extremely clever and even more extremely rich men explain to us how their technology will 'disrupt' the world we know in ways which will empower the little guy. In actual fact little guys in Barcelona can no longer buy a house thanks to Airbnb, little guys in India are taking their own lives because they cannot repay the debts that Uber 'misled' them into taking on and 'little' truck drivers are assisting in their own demise by helping to test a new fleet of driverless trucks.
Occasionally, questioning one or two of the book's more dramatic claims, I have found myself checking and researching areas of knowledge which I would never have ventured into otherwise, and learning a lot more as a result.
We all need to sharpen up our critical thinking skills as the rich and powerful pull further away from the rest of us, leaving us poorer and much more powerless.. This book helps us to do that, and does it in a intelligent, humane, witty and very, very readable way.
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.