Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
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 and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, 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 put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.
What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set 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. 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.
With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.
Impact Books: "Homo Deus" by Yuval Noah Harari
Not as good as Sapiens, but an interesting look at where our species might go in the future and what we should watch for over the coming decades. For the first time in history, more people die today 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. In more than 2.
Yuval Noah Harari
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Y uval Noah Harari began his academic career as a researcher of medieval warfare. Then, the story goes, having won tenure at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he embarked on a crusade of his own. He was invited to teach a course that no one else in the faculty fancied — a broad-brush introduction to the whole of human activity on the planet. That course became a widely celebrated book, Sapiens , championed by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Barack Obama, and translated into 40 languages. It satisfied perfectly an urgent desire for grand narrative in our fragmenting Buzz-fed world. The rest is macro-history. First, you never admit that the order is imagined.
While Sapiens was a brief history of the humankind, Homo Deus is all about what happens from here on. The biggest problems for humanity so far were plague, famine and war. Famine, plague and war will probably continue to claim millions of victims in the coming decades. Yet they are no longer unavoidable tragedies beyond the understanding and control of a helpless humanity. Throughout history people felt these were unsolvable problems, so there was no point trying to put an end to them. Today, if a plague, famine or war breaks out, we largely know how to rein it in. Success breeds ambition, and the new human agenda for the twenty-first century is going to be focussed on immortality, happiness and becoming Homo Deus — a species farther away from Homo Sapiens, than Homo Sapiens is from our ancestors Neanderthals.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari – review
A t the heart of this spellbinding book is a simple but chilling idea: human nature will be transformed in the 21st century because intelligence is uncoupling from consciousness. But it can process our behaviour to know what we want before we know it ourselves. That fact has the potential to change what it means to be human. We are an accident. Homo sapiens is just one possible way of being human, an evolutionary contingency like every other creature on the planet. That book ended with the thought that the story of homo sapiens could be coming to an end.
The book was first published in Hebrew in by Dvir publishing; the English-language version was published in September in the United Kingdom and in February in the United States. As with its predecessor, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind , Harari recounts the course of history while describing events and the individual human experience, along with ethical issues in relation to his historical survey. However, Homo Deus deals more with the abilities acquired by humans Homo sapiens throughout their existence, and their evolution as the dominant species in the world. The book describes mankind's current abilities and achievements and attempts to paint an image of the future. Many philosophical issues are discussed, such as the human experience , individualism , human emotion , and consciousness. The book sets out to examine possibilities of the future of Homo sapiens. The premise outlines that during the 21st century, humanity is likely to make a significant attempt to gain happiness , immortality , and God -like powers.