Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow
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. T...more
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)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
― 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 ...more
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As with his previous book Sapiens, Harari tells a story in Homo Deus that is too disconcerting to ...more
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 ...more
In Homo Deus, Harari holds that now that humanity has all but solved the mammoth pr ...more
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 ...more
Historians study the past not in order to repeat it but in order to be liberated from it.
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 ...more
Professor Harari explains how Homo Sapiens have conquere ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I like the train of the thought that Harar ...more
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 ...more
Homo Deus is a book that wants to present the possible roads that the future might lead us to. It’s not a pr ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more