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 War is obsolete.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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I read and listen to audible at the same time. I realised that the narration of the book is incomplete. The narrator tend to skip a few paragraphs. Due to this reason, i have to constantly pause the audiobook in order to read the paragraph myself.
The great tale of how humans turned into humanists and then dataists. It's a story of epic changes in the way we are co-evolving with our own intelligent creations and our interconnected world, and questions where that data centricism and super intelligence will lead us. Must read!
Intelligent, factual and insightful.
One of the best books I've read/listened to. Story and narration was first class.
I purchased this book not knowing too much about it and then was blown away by the journey it took me on.
Do yourself a favour and take a listen.
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.
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!
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.
"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
"Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!""
A really great follow-up to Sapiens. It didn't go in the direction I expected, but Harari, as ever, gives you lots and lots of food for thought!
The author manages to point out parallels in history that seem totally obvious once you hear them, but you'd never have thought of yourself. Then he extrapolates forward in a logical way to reach some very interesting, and sometimes challenging, predictions.
Personally I find this kind of non-fiction fascinating, but sometimes difficult to engage with when I'm not fresh. But by listening to it, so much of the hard work of bringing meaning out from the words is done by the narrator, so you can literally just sit back and listen.
For me, this was one to take in in sections. The chapters are arranged logically and sensibly, and I like to absorb and reflect on one before I move on to the next
"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.
"Second best book I've read"
it stands just after Sapiens...amazing book! This book should be mandatory at schools, would make the difference.
"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.
"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.
"very interesting and thought provoking."
a great listen. performance is great as is the content, as long as it's remembered it is conjecture.
"peak behind the curtain"
fabulous look into how current society has come to be and where is mostly likely natural course will take it. a must read for an inquisitive mind.
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