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[[ Download Epub ]] ë Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow ⚝ International Bestseller From the author of the international bestseller Sapiens A Brief History of Humankindcomes an extraordinary new book that explores the future of the human species Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not too distant world in which we face a new set of challenges In Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between Homo Deusexplores 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we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers This is the next stage of evolution This is Homo Deus War is obsolete You are likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict Famine is disappearing You are at risk of obesity than starvation Death is just a technical problem Equality is out but immortality is in What does our future hold From the Hardcover edition Excellent again Harari is fast becoming one of my favourite writers.I didn t love Homo Deus quite as much as Sapiens, but I think that s because the history Harari takes us through in the latter really does read like a very compelling novel This book explores different themes and theories about the future of humanity relating to aging, technological advancements, etc which makes it not as cohesive Still, though, very interesting He really knows how to break down complex concepts so ev Excellent again Harari is fast becoming one of my favourite writers.I didn t love Homo Deus quite as much as Sapiens, but I think that s because the history Harari takes us through in the latter really does read like a very compelling novel This book explores different themes and theories about the future of humanity relating to aging, technological advancements, etc which makes it not as cohesive Still, though, very interesting He really knows how to break down complex concepts so everyone can understand them This is a profoundly shocking piece of writing, a tactic which Yuval Noah Harari uses to great effect in getting readers to think about society today The book is ostensibly about the future of mankind, but really is a means of highlighting how current trends in science, technology, humanity etc may progress and asks if that s really how we want things to go It s philosophy That big question that has been posed throughout the ages how should we live He makes clear that his hypotheses are onl This is a profoundly shocking piece of writing, a tactic which Yuval Noah Harari uses to great effect in getting readers to think about society today The book is ostensibly about the future of mankind, but really is a means of highlighting how current trends in science, technology, humanity etc may progress and asks if that s really how we want things to go It s philosophy That big question that has been posed throughout the ages how should we live He makes clear that his hypotheses are only potential ways the future might unfold, but the text comes across as a warning as much as anything else.For me, the most interesting and thought provoking was his argument for the better treatment of animals While we have placed ourselves at the top of the species ladder, new advents in technology may bring about computer technologies which replace us in the number one spot Considering we may well end up in the unenviable position of the underdog, perhaps we should takecare of those who, like us, may well depend on the goodwill of this higher in the chain Not only that, modern technology has increasingly allowed us to understand the emotional and intellectual complexity of animals in a way that should make it difficult to treat them as lesser beings This is an issue that has been playing on my mind for some time It seems like every week now we are getting news reports of another animal ripped from its habitat for a selfie and dying as a result Pictures of intensive farming that have animals in cages so small they can t lay down My social media newsfeed of animals mistreated, dumped, abused, given nothought than a piece of trash Harari is a vegan and his specific set of beliefs come across in the text Yet, as a current meat eater, it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify my position I don t know what to do that can help and the book doesn t offer any concrete plans for change, but it has added another dimension to the considerations I have been struggling with myself.Overall though, it is Harari s style which is the most engaging I rushed though this book because even the most complex issues are dealt with in accessible language and an approachable tone It s fun and despite the subject matter, doesn t take itself too seriously It felt like the starting point of a conversation, somewhat controversial of course, but isn t that the best way to get a debate going Many thanks to Yuval Noah Harari, Random House Vintage, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review This book reads like the author read a number of popular science articles, watched some sci fi movies, attended a transhumanist meetup, got just a bit high on weed and then started writing. Homo ObsoletusThe audacious first act, Sapiens, ended with a wild and apocalyptic prophesy that the Sapiens were cooking up the next epochal revolution that will overshadow the previous three the cognitive, agricultural and scientific industrial revolutions Home Deus, the second act, is the full exploration of that prophesy Both Sapiens and Homo Deus are compulsory reading in my book, even though the macro history presented is plenty vulnerable to all sorts of attacks But then, it might be Homo ObsoletusThe audacious first act, Sapiens, ended with a wild and apocalyptic prophesy that the Sapiens were cooking up the next epochal revolution that will overshadow the previous three the cognitive, agricultural and scientific industrial revolutions Home Deus, the second act, is the full exploration of that prophesy Both Sapiens and Homo Deus are compulsory reading in my book, even though the macro history presented is plenty vulnerable to all sorts of attacks But then, it might be better to think of these as works of philosophy and not of history Just like Sapiens is not a History, Home Deus is not a prophesy, both are explorations This line can be taken as the transition line that links the first book with the second oneHaving raised humanity above the beastly level of survival struggles, we will now aim to upgrade humans into gods, and turn Homo sapiens into Homo deus The old enemies of mankind plague, famine and war are now under control Except for the potentially restrictive energy constraint, Sapiens has very little standing in our way now The result is that the Sapiens are becomingandGod like, Harari says, and one is forced to pause and reflect by any previous standards of our history, are we not already Gods Have we not already exceeded most wild power fantasies Well yes, but evenGod like attributes are coming cheating death and creating new life being primary.And along with this march towards the godlike we are marching towards being machine like too, as we outsourceandof our internal algorithms to better data based external algorithms And the march is relentless, Homo Deus is taking birth before our eyes The tomorrow is already upon us, and so forth.However, just like the previous three revolutions that infused the Sapiens with power, this revolution too will come at a price, the price of a ratcheting up of inequality The new Gods will be the techno super rich BTW, reading Harari is good motivation to work on getting rich faster he hints at a possibility that anyone who is rich enough to afford it, some 50 years into the future, should be able to buy proxy immortality And it will probably be a window that closes quickly, since the super rich would soon take over the monopoly on immortality So if you are rich enough at the right point in time, then you can be part of Olympus too That might not be a deal many would want to miss out on There is onecatch as technology takes over most of the functions, even the godlike sapiens will find themselves stuck in a universe devoid of real meaning Bulk of humanity will have no economic, social or cultural purpose since anything we can do our new creations would be able to do even better Organisms are algorithms, and the new algorithms will be so much better than the imperfect ones we are made of As Bill Gates asked in his article about the book, What If People Run Out of Things to Do We will be stuck in an immortal meaninglessness, our own creations clearly our betters We will need a new religion to make sense of all this, since the powerful combo of Humanism Science will not work in world where the sanctity of being Human has lost meaning Harari feels that Dataism will be the religion that will fill the avoid left by Humanism The whole of Humanity, the Earth, and maybe the entire Universe will become servants to data a huge data processing system, the eternal all knowing Atman And serving this goal will be the only meaningful pursuit left for us Immortal, All powerful, Obsolete this is the future of the Sapiens