Yuval Noah Harari is one of the most original writers when comes to topics such as history and philosophy. His breakthrough book Sapiens captured the praises of people like Bill Gates or Barack Obama. Sapiens has been translated into over 40 languages and can be considered one of the most important history books of the last decade. So how do you follow up after such a success as Sapiens. With a sequel of course! Harari’s latest book: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow explores humanity in a techno-dominated future.
In Harari’s thesis, Homo Deus is the next phase of mankind. Humans will transition from Homo Sapiens to this new phase dominated by new godlike technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. “Modernity is a deal,” Harari writes. “The entire contract can be summarized in a single phrase: humans agree to give up meaning in exchange for power.” That power, he suggests, may in the near term give us godlike attributes: the ability to extend lifespans and even cheat death, the agency to create new life forms, to become intelligent designers of our own Galapagos, the means to end war and famine and plague. There will be a price to pay for this power.
What does the transformation from Homo sapiens to Homo Deus entails for humanity? Harari explores this difficult subject using an erudite, deeply thoughtful style that will force you to see the future through a different lense