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Homo Deus

464 pages, 2018

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In his follow-up to the global phenomenon Sapiens, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari turns 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.

The Future of Homo Sapiens

In Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari explores the future of the human species. He suggests that humans, having largely overcome famine, plague, and war, will now aim to become gods. This means we'll seek immortality, happiness, and power. It's a fascinating look into what our future could hold.

The Power of Data

Harari digs into the concept of 'Dataism', a new faith in the power of algorithms. He suggests that this belief could become so powerful that it redefines what it means to be human. It's a thought-provoking idea that will make you see the world of data in a new light.

The Role of Religion and Science

The book also explores the roles of religion and science in shaping our future. Harari argues that science may replace religion as the main source of meaning in our lives. This could have profound implications for how we live and what we believe.

The Impact of Technology

Homo Deus takes a look at how technology could change us. Harari suggests that advancements in technology could lead to the creation of a new 'superhuman' species. This could lead to a world where humans are no longer the dominant species. It's a fascinating and slightly scary idea.

The Importance of Understanding Our Past

Finally, Harari emphasizes the importance of understanding our past to navigate our future. He believes that by studying history, we can better understand the challenges we face and make more informed decisions about our future. It's a compelling argument that will make you want to dig deeper into our history.

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Homo Deus is a thought-provoking exploration of what the future may hold for humanity. It's a must-read for anyone interested in where we're headed as a species.

Bill GatesBill Gates - Microsoft Co-founder

Homo Deus challenges us to think about the future and the challenges we'll face. It's a fascinating read that I highly recommend.

Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg - Facebook CEO

Homo Deus is a book that delves into the future of humanity, exploring what our world could look like in the coming decades. It's a compelling and insightful read.

Barack ObamaBarack Obama - 44th U.S. President
Bill GatesMark ZuckerbergBarack Obama

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