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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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Humans today enjoy unprecedented levels of power and an increasingly god-like status. The great epidemics of the past – famine, plague and war – no longer control our lives. We are the only species in history that has single-handedly changed the entire planet, and we can no longer blame a higher being for our fate.

But as our gods take a back seat, and Homo Sapiens becomes
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Published September 8th 2016 by Harvill Secker (first published 2015)
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Melanie Kirdasi One of those rare books which exceeds expectations. If you enjoyed Sapiens you will want to read Homo Deus, it is possibly the most thought provoking …moreOne of those rare books which exceeds expectations. If you enjoyed Sapiens you will want to read Homo Deus, it is possibly the most thought provoking book of the year. (less)
Adrien Lemaire Although you'll find repetitions between the books, it won't do you much harm, for the volume of information dispensed is too large for one to complet…moreAlthough you'll find repetitions between the books, it won't do you much harm, for the volume of information dispensed is too large for one to completely assimilate everything in a single read.

I strongly suggest reading Sapiens first, as it'll make you more appreciative of the quality of information taught throughout the book, and will make it more receptive to the predictions divulged in Homo Deus. (less)

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Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a profoundly shocking piece of writing- a tactic which Yuval Noah Harari uses to great effect- aimed at getting readers to think about the now, not just what comes next.

Harari’s second book claims to be about the future of mankind, but works more as a means of discussing the state of current trends in science, tech, and human ‘progress’. While he offers suggestions about how things may proceed, the more significant aspect of the book is the way his arguments make us think about how we w
Andrej Karpathy
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.
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Harari is a fantastic historian: he writes effortlessly and fascinatingly about historic trends, and has a great big picture perspective of the revolutions and contexts of historical progression.

Harari, however, is not a good futurologist and an absolutely terrible cognitive scientist. Being educated in Cognitive Science and technology myself, all I can say, with the utmost respect I can offer to a fellow Israeli, is that he's full of shit.

Homo Deus is an attempt to make a sequel to the wildly p
Riku Sayuj
Homo Obsoletus

The 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
Sean Barrs
Homo Deus is not quite as factual and cohesive as Sapiens. It falls into the realm of speculation rather than trying to organise and make sense of the world.

Sapiens was fantastic because it was almost like a novelisation of human history. It was dramatic and loaded with exciting revelations about what makes us human. It discussed where we came from and where we are now. It was a thought provoking, an exceedingly intelligent piece of writing. With this book Harari looks to the future, to where w
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This is a book focusing on the future of humanity. Harari focuses on many exciting topics like whether human beings will be able to overcome death. He also discusses the future of medical science and how AI will alter medical science. He touches the future of almost all spheres of life in this book.

What I learned from this book
1) Why poor are following Marie-Antoinette's advice today?
In 1789 Marie-Antoinette (bride of France's King Louis XVI) told, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"—"L
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
“Every day millions of people decide to grant their smartphone a bit more control over their lives or try a new and more effective antidepressant drug. In pursuit of health, happiness and power, humans will gradually change first one of their features and then another, and another, until they will no longer be human.”
― Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow


Harari takes us, with this continuation to his blockbuster book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, from the past to t
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As with his previous book Sapiens, Harari tells a story in Homo Deus that is too disconcerting to
David Rubenstein
This is a powerful book by a truly insightful author. I recently read Harari's previous great book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, and I enjoyed this one just as much. There is so much packed into Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, that it is hard to do justice to the book in a review. Yuval Harari has such a unique insight into how the world turns. He is sometimes very blunt, but he "tells it like he sees it." The first two-thirds of the book is devoted to a description of how the ...more
J.L.   Sutton
“This is the best reason to learn history: not in order to predict the future, but to free yourself of the past and imagine alternative destinies. Of course this is not total freedom – we cannot avoid being shaped by the past.”

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The title and the premise of Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow sounds intriguing; however, not much felt new. I’ve already heard much of the author’s arguments in other places. So while the various topics discussed are interesting and thought-provo
Emily May
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2018
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
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is hugely disappointing. A year or so ago I read an interview with Harari on this book, which was still work in progress, and I found his views on biological inequality (and, to a lesser extent, the decoupling of intelligence from consciousness) very insightful. Actually, it was that interview that inspired me to read Sapiens, which, despite certain flaws, unfortunately amplified in Deus, is a book definitely worth reading. Meanwhile, Deus is wordy, chaotic and repetitive; most of the b ...more
Helen 2.0
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, non-fic, kayla, faves
Obviously I need to get a copy of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind because I loved this book. I can't claim to be well-read in the topic of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, so I'm definitely biased in my opinion that Harari is a genius. Every few pages my copy has lengthy passages highlighted, brilliant bits I just knew I would want to reference when I pitched this book to family and friends later on.

In Homo Deus, Harari holds that now that humanity has all but solved the mammoth pr
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars

Not as good as Homo Sapiens but Homo Deus did provide me with additional informative knowledge and intriguing speculations told in an engaging and thought-provoking style.

“People are usually afraid of change because they fear the unknown. But the single greatest constant of history is that everything changes.”

I will first say that Harari is a good writer, he really knows how to make interesting topics more compelling and he also kept me focused on information that would’ve
Cj Dufficy
Certainly a disappointment when compared to Sapiens. The insights were generally already well presented in the earlier book. The section on animal lives is not convincingly warranted for inclusion but more obviously just a passion for the author leading me to feel I was being preached too. His criticism of Dawkins et al although correct could be equally pointed at himself. The universe will move from hot to cold regardless of quantum mechanical randomness at the quanta scale and equally at our b ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Thought provoking and sweeping
Historians study the past not in order to repeat it but in order to be liberated from it.

General observations
We become satisfied when reality confirms with our expectations
Yuval Noah Harari is on par with the best SF writers in painting a broad picture of long term trends and their impact. He posits that human development is pivoting from fighting famine, plague and war and that the big narrative and goals of the 21st century are to "upgrade" humanity into immortali
Mark Porton
Where do you start reviewing a colossal piece of work such as Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari? Last year I read another work by this author Sapiens, I was so taken by that work I could have and should have given it 6 stars (rule breaker, I am – yes I live on the edge). Sapiens discussed how we got to where we are now, Homo Deus discusses where we could be heading. To be honest it isn’t pretty – not to me anyway.

Professor Harari explains how Homo Sapiens have conquere
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are not so taken aback when we hear computer programs can beat human chess masters. After all, computers are far more efficient calculators than humans, and chess can be broken down to calculations (In fact, nowadays chess masters don't stand a chance against present day computer Chessmaster programs. It's simply not possible for a human mind to beat them). And we're also not at all shocked when Google and Tesla present us automated cars driven by computer programs. Nevertheless, we reason,co ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What an interesting, compelling, thought-provoking and, yeah, kind of scary book. After finishing it, I'm both elated and anxious.
Homo Deus (what a perfect title) was complex and it covered a lot of things, but it is especially trying to decipher where the humanity is going.
Consciousness, the individual, intelligence, and the very important ability to organise are thoroughly analysed.

I was very surprised to have my native country mentioned and analysed briefly but comprehensively.
Leonard Gaya
Harari wrote Homo Deus following the success of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind a couple of years earlier. And while the first book’s ambition is to tell the saga of humanity’s past, this one is offered as a sort of sequel, showing what our future might hold. In truth, Sapiens was mostly glossing over the complexities of humankind’s history. And most of the first half of Homo Deus commits to rehashing the same arguments, only to thin them down with a slightly different set of examples and ...more
Simon Clark
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a HUGE fan of Harari's previous smash hit Sapiens, and as such I came into this book with high expectations. Those expectations were met in some areas, and not in others: overall the book is engaging but a shadow of its predecessor.

First, the good stuff. Harari's prose is as readable and clear as ever in Homo Deus, and he paces himself excellently. Too often in popular science books I find that either the author drags their feet getting to the interesting stuff or rockets over important se
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read Sapiens, I had some idea that there would be new themes which Yuval Noah Harari would cover which nobody else has before. With Sapiens, it was about the agricultural revolution and the binding power of stories. And yes - there are brilliant new themes in Homo Deus as well - our delusion of free will and the Sapiens in a future world ruled by algorithms, and it continues excellently from where Sapiens left off. If Sapiens was about how the most powerful species consolidated it's power ...more
Anastasia Alén
Shocking. Entertaining. Incredibly thoughtful. Freaking fantastic!

One of the most informative books I have ever read. I think Homo Deus poses some excellent questions that make you question your existence. Why do we think of ourselves as superior to all other life forms. Why do we have such strong faith in imaginary things such as money, gods, human rights, companies...And what will become of us if dataism succeeds. All in all, it's clear that we can't keep living like this.

Harari's writing sty
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read the intro, skip the rest.

I was intrigued by the premise of this (especially given that I love sci-fi and this promised a nonfiction treatment of some classic sci-fi themes). The introduction does indeed present some some interesting lines of thought about what human beings have achieved as a species and how things might progress. But that early promise was sorely dissappointed.

Harari is fine as long as he sticks to his actual area of expertise, namely, history. Though even his historical in
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic, politics
This book is sure to give one a lot to think about.

Firstly, I’d highly recommend reading Harari’s seminal Sapiens book before delving into Homo Deus. They are meant to complement each other in order to better understand humanity’s past and future. Much of Homo Deus repeats the previous themes, which is a bit of a flaw, and frames human historical patterns into broad categories which can seem rushed if one didn’t read Sapiens already. Still, the concepts are so important and take much energy to t
Otis Chandler
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sapiens was one of my favorite nonfiction books I've read in the past few years - so I was excited for the sequel. Overall, its very worth it and full of a lot of the interesting high level perspectives and frameworks. But it also lacks the clear structure of a coherent narrative, isn't presenting (to me) quite as novel information, and also does some strange things - like using the word 'liberal' in contexts that I don't think definitionally make sense.

I like the train of the thought that Harar
Tudor Vlad
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I’ve only read one other book written by Yuval Noah Harari and that was Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, this follows in the steps of that to the point that it seems more like a sequel even if they can be read in whatever order you wish. Just as Sapiens, Homo Deus is a gripping book, I love Yuval’s writing style because it never bores me, he always manages to draw my full attention.

Homo Deus is a book that wants to present the possible roads that the future might lead us to. It’s not a pr
Louise Wilson
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brief history of tomorrow brings us an insight of the authors focus towards humanity's future and quest to upgrade humans into Gods.

Humankind has been able to rein in famine, plague and war. For the first time ever more people die from eating too much than from eating to little. More people die from old age than from infectious diseases.

A wonderfully written insight to our future.

I would like to thank Net Galley, Random House UK, Vintage Publishing and the author Yuval Noah Harari for my ARC
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction-btr
4.5 stars actually, this book give us a comprehensive look into the near and distant future . Homo sapiens (modern humans) were able to gain dominance over all of nature because of their ability to communicate and to collaborate with each other and because they could use their collective brain to come up with novel ideas, but as technology progresses and we rely more and more in computers and algorithms these computers programs are based on , are we as a species giving up dominance to technology ...more
A great and ausual book. When considering many more books about the same topic, "how we are going to be", Harari's arguments are more than satisfying and his reasonings are both terrifying and educated.

I believe his warnings were the most accurate, I could have found on the topic of technologies and how they may be a danger to us.
So there are so many people, like Hawkins that try to warn us about future AI uprising, which any sci-fi author from 90's could counter argue effectively and easily.
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Professor Harari was born in Haifa, Israel, to Lebanese parents in 1976. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is now a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He specialized in World History, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions: What is the relation between history and biolo

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