Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (Hardcover)
It took many thousands of years for humanity to develop from hunter-gatherers to farmers, but only 66 years from powered flight to the moon landing. The world is changing faster than ever before, and shows no signs of slowing down. What’s next for humanity? Following the overwhelming success of his book Sapiens, author Yuval Harari explores the possible futures of humankind in Homo Deus. Through extensive analysis of modern society and culture, Harari explores our potential to raise humanity to new heights, or wipe it from the face of the Earth. The book is a fantastic analysis of everything from history to artificial intelligence that compels readers to examine the world around them and envision scenarios that are frightening, wonderful, and plausible.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style--thorough, yet riveting--famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.
What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century--from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.
With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.
About the Author
PROF. YUVAL NOAH HARARI is the author of "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind," which was an international bestseller published in more than 35 countries. He has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His research focuses on broad questions, such as: What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded?
In 2012 Harari was awarded the annual Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines. The author lives in Jerusalem."