Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between.
Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers?
This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. War is obsolete. You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict. Famine is disappearing. You are at more risk of obesity than starvation. Death is just a technical problem. Equality is out - but immortality is in. What does our future hold?
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The author tends to redefine and misyse terms somewhat, especially in the mid 1/3. Worth it for the interesting ideas and fantastic final 1/3. He has a glancing understanding of many fields but has a tendency to not do them justice in telling his legitimately interesting story. Particularly disappointing is his misrepresentation of economic and philosophical theory.
exceptional! even better than the first book! mind blowing and awakening, highly recommended to anyone who care about humanity, AI, science and philosophy!
I skipped the bit at the start where he discusses longer life spans and godlike abilities in humans because I found it a bit much. The rest of the book is thought provoking and synthesises many huge ideas like a spider's web.
Get it if you liked Sapiens!
Started well and got better until around the three quarters mark and then inexplicably lost its way and meandered towards a rather pitiful end.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Bought it on the strength of 'Sapiens'. Yuval is great story teller. Using the narrative of where humanity has come from and where it currently stands, he paints a picture of where things may be headed.
"Amazing book. "
I didn't think he could write a better book than Sapiens, but he may well have managed it with Homo Deus. I need to listen to it again right away. I've listened to Sapiens 3 times already. So much to absorb in both works. Read these two books before ANYTHING ELSE. You won't regret it.
This book is not about the future. It is not about how Homo sapiens may become homo deus. It is more copy paste of a smattering of (much better) recent books (Ian Morris/Niall Ferguson come to mind) covering history. This guy is a smug shallow icon in general. But in the specific this book simply doesn't do what it says it would do. In that it discusses the past rather than meaningfully contemplating the future. I don't blame Harari for cashing in while he is hot and writing a slightly less good version of his other book. But if you have read the first book I would skip this one and read Kevin Kelly or myriad others - as they are brave enough to have a stab at what the future might actually look like.
Your mind = pop
A really great read that will repeatedly challenge the way you think of humanity and the future
"a good look at a future growing more uncertain"
perfect narration of a great book! it puts today's geo-political events into context, from the dismantling of the USSR to tomorrow's digital religions like dataism. worth reading at least twice!
"Great food for thought"
Really enjoyed this. Zipped through it. The reading was great and the book itself will give you lots to think about
"Second best book I've read"
it stands just after Sapiens...amazing book! This book should be mandatory at schools, would make the difference.
"Brilliant vision of where we might be heading"
Brilliant, insightful, well researched and thought-provoking vision of the future of mankind. Disturbing and saddening in parts to realise the accuracy of his observations and logical extrapolation into the Brave new world that may await us.
Excellent book, incredibly thought provoking and challenging. Walks you through religious history to religious future and makes you question your existing prejudices.
"One of the finest exercises in intellect"
and prediction of recent years and recent years count more than ever in our new and never seen before world.
"Life altering journey through time"
An incredible Pandoras box insight into who we are and where we might end up in the future that we create.
"questions you can't avoid as difficult and troublesome and even frightening as they may be"
A well written and well read book. you may take issue with some of the analysis and propositions offered, but the questions it raise can' t be ignored If all we are as the author suggest are algorithms then What are the consequences for democracy, Humanism and Humanity when machines and networks and the data they collect and hold exceed the data processing capacities of Homo sapiens? this book contains and enlarges on the analysis of human society offered in Sapiens, by the same author.
"Enjoyable- but extremely speculative."
I found the ideas' somewhat radical. Often the book moves into grey areas', but the logical threads are reasonably sound.
I would heartly recommend it.
"Not as good as its predecessor"
I really enjoyed Sapiens so looked forward to this book. This book was less factual and more philosophical which I found difficult to remain interested in. Some good ideas but it needed to do more to keep me on board!
"very interesting and thought provoking."
a great listen. performance is great as is the content, as long as it's remembered it is conjecture.
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