Homo Deus

Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow

eBook - 2017
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Examines the civilized world's achievements in controlling famine, disease, and war while making provocative predictions about the evolutionary goals of the twenty-first century.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062464354
Characteristics: 1 online resource (449 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Cynthia_N Feb 12, 2018

A good read but I did not enjoy it as much as Sapiens. Homo Deus presents a grim view of the future.

Jan 18, 2018

Like "Sapiens" an unreadible Mishmash-rehash History of western civ; an unoriginal farce, like "exit through the gift shop" mockumentary mishmash art to trash its intellectual value as it juxtaposes disney and di vinci . Who is the intended reader? 14 year olds who know nothing of world history? Or is this intended mirror for our dumbed down contemproary moment when fools are elected president of the US and the end of the enlightment's hopes social of evolution. While the mockumentary film was humorous for a moment, history is too real to be reduced to nothing but "light bulb" jokes

Dec 02, 2017

Recommendation from Wash Post 2017 Summer Beach Reads. Social Science book about three scenarios: 1. Humans are expendable 2. The elite upgrade themselves 3. Humans see everything else as expendable

Nov 21, 2017

Wonderful read. But doesn’t live up to the front-flap hype that, “The main products of the 21st century economy will not be textiles, vehicles and weapons but bodies, brains and minds.” And, “The industrial revolution created the working class, the next big revolution will create the useless class.” Or that humans will be treated by superhumans the way animals have been treated by us. Or that democracy will collapse once Google and Facebook know us better than ourselves through networked algorithms. There are no real details unveiled about those themes by the end of the book, but it does pick up where Sapiens lets off and presents data as a new religion, and algorithms as a new bible. That may scare off a few folks, but he successfully describes modern humanism as a religion where we believe ourselves to have individuality, the answers within us, freedom and other myths that don’t come out through the scientific wash, even Darwin’s theory of evolution has no room for souls. The theme I think is to provoke thought about how our “truths” about ourselves will be challenged over and over in the coming decades, and that those who don’t change will probably be left behind. The author deftly shows us how far we’ve come in the past 100-plus years compared to the 5,000 or so years of “civilization” before that, when we could not move faster than a galloping horse unless falling off a mountain. I like the part where algorithms build out the solar system, galaxy and beyond, taking humanity’s discoveries and sharing them into eternity long after human extinction! Book seeks to broaden the view of possibilities over the next few decades, not predict an imminent data takeover or foretell doom for humankind. I was hoping for more detail about “bodies, brains and minds” being the next big products and the creation of the "useless class," but I will settle for this huge vision and keep on the lookout for new information like this.

Oct 09, 2017

This book offers many interesting anecdotes and insights from a historical perspective, however the attempts to offer scientific insight often seem simplistic to the point of being seriously misleading, particularly with respect to what science is, what an “algorithm” is (the fact that organisms use algorithms doesn’t mean that they are algorithms, or that they can be replaced by algorithms), and what makes “data” important. However, at the very end he hedges his words by questioning what he had just been saying, so on balance much of his message rings true, and it is certainly a stimulating read.

Sep 23, 2017

Homo Deus is possibly the most seminal book on the consequences of computing technology since Hofstadter's GEB. Much more insightful than Kurzweil's Singularity.
With his coining of 'data-ism' to name the new religion, Harari missed a wonderful opportunity for a much better meme. I would have called it 'algorism' (heh-heh).

Richard J Legault

JCLChrisK Sep 06, 2017

Absolutely fascinating. Daring and provocative. Complex, philosophical, and thoughtful. Engaging, absorbing, and relatively easy to read. This is science nonfiction: extrapolating the history of humanity in light of current scientific, technological, and political trends to make predictions about what might come next.

The basic premise: the great challenges of the twentieth century were overcoming famine, plague, and war, and in the most general terms those pursuits have been successful. They were aimed at safeguarding the norms of human existence. With those goals met, we have moved into the new territory of surpassing those norms, and thus the new projects of the twenty-first century are gaining immortality, bliss, and divinity.

Those are bold claims that immediately riled up my natural skeptic, but Harari hooked me enough that I gave him a chance to convince me. I'm glad I did. "This is a historical prediction, not a political manifesto," he writes in the introduction. It is food for thought, not a road map, meant to raise questions and create thoughtful intercourse more than provide answers. And it offers a feast to mull and consider. Absolutely fascinating.

squib Aug 19, 2017

A watered-down follow up to "Sapiens" that repeats a lot of the same material, and then adds levels of speculation. An interesting exercise, although I find he's dismissive of many points of view he doesn't share.

Aug 15, 2017

Interesting and thoughtful perspective on the future of human beings. Easy to follow and well researched. Good read.

Jul 30, 2017

Like Sapiens, a very good "read". An interesting look at the future. I don't agree with all his conclusions. I don't want to live forever. Quality of life is more important than quantity. The earth cannot provide the resources for that many people. I also read that humans can adapt at a certain pace to new things in technology and there is already a gap. Can anyone imagine this world with grumpier and crankier old people who are so far behind technology.?
On another subject, I was very disappointed to see that some previous reader had circled words and underlined phrases. How inconsiderate and immature.

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