Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus

By Yuval Noah Harari

  • Release Date: 2017-02-21
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 628 Ratings

Description

Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.

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.

Reviews

  • Thought-provoking

    5
    By FAMOUSmisfit
    Great follow up to Sapiens. Will re-read both, for sure. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a book absolutely shake my world, if ever, the way Sapiens and Homo Deus did.
  • Narratives

    5
    By rduclos
    Great book. Great insights and it stands after COVID. The really great importance of storytelling and fundamental questions that are and have been shaping the world.
  • Excellent

    3
    By Segun Adesanya
    There are still so many questions to answer , thanks for opening up the space to think and dialogue.
  • Great book.

    5
    By archilny
    Hard to put down.
  • Second chance

    5
    By nquoryow
    time for change
  • Great historical thesis, too much speculation

    4
    By tanishq aggarwal
    This book has great, sweeping visions of the future and describes a great logical chain. I liked the historical reframings. However a lot of the prose is speculative and thinly-evidenced. The sentence structure is monotonous and professorial. Interesting book with a lot of novel ideas, but became a little tough to finish.
  • Reflect Human future strategy

    5
    By hobbesmartinez
    How to better use data, AI and digitalization so we create a better world, fixing human dilemas such as climate, inequality, hunger etc
  • Honest

    5
    By elt223
    Great read.
  • Homo Deus

    5
    By Dr. Strangelove!
    An exploration of possible outcomes for humanity - frightening and inspiring. Harari’s projections offer a glimpse beyond the veil of ignorance burdened upon the present and revitalize wonderment in our time. Having read the book, it’s impossible to come away from the experience feeling that the present is lackluster. Forget the common refrain of “born too late to explore the earth, born too early to explore space” for we have more important horizons in our immediate sights - bliss, immortality, and divinity. This is the most important time to be alive, because we are at the end of the story that is Homo Sapiens. With any luck, we are the first generation of what comes next, and the abilities we develop will secure us the stars or suffocate us in the cradle.
  • Homo Sapiens have been around for thousands of years

    1
    By Sir Rami #21
    If Darwin’s theory was true then by now there would be many intermediate forms of human by now. Homo Sapien skeletons hundreds of thousands of years old have been found and there are no differences at all. Shouldn’t there be a telltale sign of evolution by now? The answer is.... there’s not. Stop reading fairy tale books and find the meaning of our existence through the Bible & Qur’an, in the Qur’an there are many scientific miracles to be found, unlike the theory of evolution which has nothing to do with science.