Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus

By Yuval Noah Harari

  • Release Date: 2017-02-21
  • Genre: Life Sciences
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 112 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

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Latest Impressions

  • Harari is Brilliant!

    5
    By Bob Magnant
    For Christmas, my daughter surprised me with Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari and I can truly say that I have never been so amazed with one person’s ability to convey several huge thoughts to me at once. But rather than overwhelming me, this very talented historian impressed me with his wonderful understandings of science, religions and life as he clarified topic after topic and delicately stitched the episodes together into a magnificent tableau of human evolution. A very savvy man, Harari’s bottom line has focused on the reality of human obsolescence and his take on the currently shifting trends toward humanism and beyond, as we confront issues of artificial intelligence and the emerging ideology of ‘big data’ head on. His first step for us is to know what differentiates Homo sapiens from all the other animals on the planet since emotions are not unique to humans. Emotions are biochemical algorithms that are vital for the survival and reproduction of all mammals and for us to better appreciate our life we must understand what an algorithm is. Simply stated, it is ‘a set of rules to be followed in a problem solving operation’ and it is arguably a most important concept in our digital world because biologists have recently reached the conclusion that the actions of humans are algorithms, even our own reproduction and survival, some very complicated algorithms! Next Harari sets out to help us to understand how it has worked to have Homo sapiens dominating our planet and giving the world meaning. This started over 70,000 years ago, when Sapiens began to talk about things that only existed in their imagination. His historical perspective shows us how man’s evolution got us to where we are. Not only were we smarter and more nimble-fingered, we were the only species capable of cooperating flexibly in large numbers. If not, our crafty brains and deft hands would still be splitting flint stone spear tips rather than atoms and have iPhones in them. But even 20,000 years ago, humankind was still much weaker than it is today; the basic abilities of individual humans had not changed much since the Stone Age. Sapiens rule the world now because only they can weave meaning into the web of laws, forces, entities and places that exists only in our common imagination. But where will we go next? A 2012 Gallup survey indicates that only 15 per cent of Americans think that Homo sapiens evolved through natural selection alone, free of all divine intervention while 46 per cent believe that God created humans in their current form sometime during the last 10,000 years. That now conflicts with what 21st century science and technology shows us daily and how religions based on men and gods are discounted and Dataism has collapsed the barriers between animals and machines. The competition becomes one where electronic algorithms attempt to decipher and outperform biochemical algorithms, parallel processing and distributed processing compete and cyberspace becomes crucial to our economy, our security and our daily lives. Dataists also believe that experiences are meaningless unless they are shared. Harari does remind us that much of the human mind is still uncharted territory and who knows what hidden talents we might yet discover in ourselves. He is enlightening, entertaining, open and optimistic and I struggle to encapsulate my total enjoyment of reading Homo Deus in this review; I recommend this book highly to everyone! Bob Magnant is the author of 'The Future Is At Your Fingertips' on iTunes, 'Domestic Satellite: An FCC Giant Step' and 'The Last Transition...', a fact-based novel about Iran. He writes about politics, globalization, the Internet and US policy; he lives in Jupiter, FL.
  • Homo Deus

    4
    By cathypacky
    The concepts behind this book fascinated me even more than Sapiens. However, despite an often annoying repetition of history and data, the author alluded to human love being a prospective “armor” against complete global takeover by DATA only once - with no further discussion on how love might save humans from extinction by data. I would “love” to hear your thoughts on love as savior.
  • Very interesting

    5
    By Ledz49
    Thank you for the book. It was very interesting.
  • Homo deus

    5
    By Purebull
    A vision of where we have been, who we are now, and what we may become. Professor Harari challenges the reader to ask the big question, where are we going as a species? He points out some options that may not be too pretty. Is the end of the line irrelevance? Give it a read. Come see for yourself.
  • Great book

    5
    By Bguihejcvfnkg
    Not as well as Sapiens a but worth reading and a fresh perspective. Fact check some of the things you may question as some facts can be interpreted differently.
  • Footnotes not working

    1
    By Libertarium
    Please look at the footnotes in this version. They're not moving me to the actual footnote when I tap on them in the body of the text. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the nook and still nothing
  • amazing

    5
    By iamunscared
    Agree or not, as there will be times you will not agree with Harari, let that be a clear indication that nobody can predict the future, yet this Historian makes way for things that are happening as I currently read through this book. He has turned history into an art form, and it has helped inspire and enlighten new paths of thinking for many, in many different fields. A true gift.
  • A Great Sequel To Sapiens

    5
    By Gutdoc
    From war, famine and plagues to immortality, bliss and divinity. Are we bioelectric algorithms in an interconnected world of everything? What is our future? An intriguing and provocative book with which you may not totally agree but it certainly provides you with a lot to ponder.