War is obsolete – you are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict. Famine is disappearing – you are more at risk of obesity than starvation. Death is just a technical problem – equality is out – but immortality is in. What does our future hold?
Thought provoking, shocking and entertaining. A scientific yet philosophical book about human life today and where we are heading. Some of Harari’s ideas can initially seem sensational but the logic with which he argues and the style of his writing is compelling.
A bit of recapping of the core ideas from Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind so you could probably read Homo Deus as a standalone. But I would highly recommend reading both.
“No clear line separates healing from upgrading. Medicine almost always begins by saving people from falling below the norm, but the same tools and know-how can then be used to surpass the norm.”
“History began when humans invented gods, and will end when humans become gods”
If you want more, there is a lot of interesting content on Harari’s website including a series of online lectures on the topics from his books. I also enjoyed some of his recent Davos talks online.