Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
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Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari is a compelling audiobook, focusing on humanity’s future and our quest to upgrade the humans into gods. Harari has authored the international bestseller Sapiens” A Brief History of Humankind. The author states that the greatest threat in front of humankind in the 21st century is not financial meltdown, nuclear war or ecological disaster. It is dataism. The author states that when the old myths of humankind combine with new age technology like artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, the results can be terrifying.
Harari says that for thousands of years the humankind was troubled by famines, plague, and war which seemed unmanageable. These problems exist today also, however, with the advent of technology they have become manageable problems. Today more people die of eating more than eating too little and more people die of old age than infectious diseases.
The author goes on to reason that initially for thousands of years humankind believed that authority came from gods. Then slowly this authority got shifted from gods to humans due to the evolution of humanism. Again with the technological advancement, the shift is taking place from humans to the authority of algorithms and big data. This is referred to as dataism by Harari. If one masters the powers of biotechnology and algorithms, they can acquire gods like powers of creation and destruction. Harari backs his claims in the audiobook with facts and latest scientific developments. Harari claims that Dataism- a universal faith in the power of algorithms will become sacrosanct.
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari is a riveting and engaging audiobook charting out the future of mankind in the light of scientific advancements. The author discusses engaging topics like what will replace famine, plague, and war as the topmost priority of humankind? The audiobook explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will be critical in shaping up the 21st century. The issues like artificial intelligence, overcoming death, creating artificial life etc. will be the focus of the future.
The author explores where the humankind will progress from here in the future and who will protect the fragile world from the destructive powers of humankind?