Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari

As the world continues to evolve at a breathtaking pace, Homo Deus offers a brief glimpse into our rapidly approaching future. Basing his predictions on current technological trends, Yuval Noah Harari envisions a society ruled by complex algorithms and biotechnology, as part of a new self-imposed evolution within our species. With new advancements continuing to emerge in modern science, Harari’s work considers our past, present and future, in a bid to understand the potential outcomes and consequences of these emerging changes.

In today’s society it has become all too easy to become numb to the sheer wonders that modern science has to offer. Each year more powerful and advanced technology supersedes it’s predecessor, be it improved healthcare, smarter transport or personalised entertainment. It has become a trait of humanity to simply expect these changes as a norm, mindlessly accepting their ever increasing impact on our lives. Homo Deus explores some of the current trends in modern advancement which can already be seen today, delving deep into the effects they will have on society. From algorithms becoming so intricate that they will understand our wants, needs and desires better than we do ourselves, to biological enhancements forging a new race of self-evolved superhumans, Homo Deus is a breathtaking yet somewhat terrifying read into our potential futures.

In order to fully reflect on these informed predictions, Harari also spends a considerable amount of time exploring humanity’s historical place in the world and the animal kingdom at large. As a historian specialising in world history, Harari adopts a wider lense, in order to view our progression across millenia and draw comparisons from it. From this viewpoint, Homo Deus offers some interesting philosophical insights, as well as a humbling consideration of our own biological limitations in the face of such advancing technology.

Homo Deus is a mesmerising read into the potential future of humanity, one that is truly important as we find ourselves already far along the path towards significant change. In a journey from history through to future, Homo Deus raises some key questions concerning our very purpose in life, things we all should consider as we continue to progress.

Length: 528 (Vintage)

Overall rating: 5 stars

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Author: Jack Jakins

A recent graduate of history, now an aspiring writer and general cynicist

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