Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

I loved Sapiens, so I naturally had to give Yuval’s sequel a shot. He picks up where Sapiens left off – it’s the 21st century, our species is here, and we’ve figured out how to cooperate well enough to build some impressive technology.

So where is the species Homo Sapiens going? Well, Yuval makes his case for a possible future where the species evolves into Homo Deus (pronounced: day-us), a more advanced species that is amortal (no death of natural causes) and extremely intelligent. Basically, where humans are gods (in the Greek mythology sense of the word).

While Homo Deus book didn’t wow like Sapiens did, I still liked it enough to recommend. I think the main difference is that Homo Deus seems significantly more speculative. Maybe this is natural because subject matter is the future, but nevertheless an issue for me.

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The rise of the useless class. 

Yival Noah Harari, author of Sapiens (which I recommended a few weeks ago), wrote a new book called Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow. This is an excerpt discussing how he believes AI will create a new class of society (the useless class) much like industrialization created the working class. It’s a polarizing idea, but one that’s worth seriously considering. learn more