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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Paperback – Illustrated, 4 September 2018
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- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062464345
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062464347
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.83 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; Illustrated edition (4 September 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 41,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Thought-provoking and enlightening, Harari's books is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of our species."--BookPage
"...[S]hares DNA with the work of writers like Jared Diamond ... while drawing freely from other disciplines in both the humanities and sciences. It's emphatically a work for the general reader eager to grapple with big ideas, but who is equally hungry for context for today's headlines."--Shelf Awareness
"Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before."--Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow
"Thrilling to watch such a talented author trample so freely across so many disciplines... Harari's skill lies in the way he tilts the prism in all these fields and looks at the world in different ways, providing fresh angles on what we thought we knew... scintillating."--Financial Times
"[A] great book...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."--Mail on Sunday
"Harari is an intellectual magpie who has plucked theories and data from many disciplines - including philosophy, theology, computer science and biology - to produce a brilliantly original, thought-provoking and important study of where mankind is heading."--Evening Standard (London)
"I enjoyed reading about these topics not from another futurist but from a historian, contextualizing our current ways of thinking amid humanity's long march-especially...with Harari's ability to capsulize big ideas memorably and mingle them with a light, dry humor...Harari offers not just history lessons but a meta-history lesson."--Washington Post
"Like all great epics, Sapiens demanded a sequel. Homo Deus, in which that likely apocalyptic future is imagined in spooling detail, is that book. It is a highly seductive scenario planner for the numerous ways in which we might overreach ourselves."--The Observer (London)
"Spellbinding... This is a very intelligent book, full of sharp insights and mordant wit... It is a quirky and cool book, with a sliver of ice at its heart... It is hard to imagine anyone could read this book without getting an occasional, vertiginous thrill."--Guardian
From the Back Cover
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.
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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.’
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.
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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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.