Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus

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 sty...


Details Homo Deus

TitleHomo Deus
Author
Release DateFeb 21st, 2017
PublisherHarper
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages448 pages
GenreScience, History, Philosophy, Nonfiction, Anthropology, Technology
Rating

Reviews Homo Deus

  • Emma
    2016-08-29
    This is a profoundly shocking piece of writing, a tactic which Yuval Noah Harari uses to great effect in getting readers to think about society today. The book is ostensibly about the future of mankind, but really is a means of highlighting how current trends in science, technology, humanity etc may progress and asks if that's really how we want things to go. It's more philosophy than anything else. That big question that has been posed throughou...
  • Atila Iamarino
    2016-07-13
    Que livro amigos, que livro. Não lembro do que li que me fez pensar tanto e mudar a forma como vejo o mundo. Uma ótima análise rápida sobre como chegamos aqui, que se conecta muito bem com o Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, e uma análise mais extensa sobre para onde podemos ir. A análise em terceira pessoa sobre humanismo, capitalismo e tendências futuras é excelente. E a reflexão que ele traz sobre os valores que damos para o valo...
  • Safat
    2016-09-17
    We are not so taken aback when we hear computer programs can beat human chess masters. After all, computers are far more efficient calculators than humans, and chess can be broken down to calculations (In fact, nowadays chess masters don't stand a chance against present day computer Chessmaster programs. It's simply not possible for a human mind to beat them). And we're also not at all shocked when Google and Tesla present us automated cars drive...
  • Anastasia Alén
    2016-09-09
    Shocking. Entertaining. Incredibly thoughtful. Freaking fantastic!One of the most informative books I have ever read. I think Homo Deus poses some excellent questions that make you question your existence. Why do we think of ourselves as superior to all other life forms. Why do we have such strong faith in imaginary things such as money, gods, human rights, companies...And what will become of us if dataism succeeds. All in all, it's clear that we...
  • Carlos
    2017-03-12
    4.5 stars actually, this book give us a comprehensive look into the near and distant future . Homo sapiens (modern humans) were able to gain dominance over all of nature because of their ability to communicate and to collaborate with each other and because they could use their collective brain to come up with novel ideas, but as technology progresses and we rely more and more in computers and algorithms these computers programs are based on , are...
  • Cj Dufficy
    2016-10-07
    Certainly a disappointment when compared to Sapiens. The insights were generally already well presented in the earlier book. The section on animal lives is not convincingly warranted for inclusion but more obviously just a passion for the author leading me to feel I was being preached too. His criticism of Dawkins et al although correct could be equally pointed at himself. The universe will move from hot to cold regardless of quantum mechanical r...
  • Darwin8u
    2017-03-24
    It is late. I'll review tomorrow.
  • Elena
    2017-01-04
    Awesome. This book, as the previous one by this author, goes directly to the shelf of my favourites. Some quotes. "Unlike the narrating self that controls us today, Google will not make decisions on the basis of cooked-up stories, and will not be misled by cognitive short cuts and the peak-end rule. Google will actually remember every step we took and every hand we shook.""In exchange for such devoted counselling services, we will just have to gi...
  • Ram
    2017-02-10
    Now that the Human kind, in the 20th century, has managed to control famine, plague and war, it is ready for it's next challenge. According to Yuval Noah Harari, the main reason that humans have managed to attain such a strong position in this planet is their ability to believe in "imaginary orders" such as countries, religion, money etc.Many believe that we have something in us that could be called a soul or consciousness or similar but it is no...
  • Nir
    2016-06-05
    Harari is a fantastic historian: he writes effortlessly and fascinatingly about historic trends, and has a great big picture perspective of the revolutions and contexts of historical progression.Harari, however, is not a good futurologist and an absolutely terrible cognitive scientist. Being educated in Cognitive Science and technology myself, all I can say, with the utmost respect I can offer to a fellow Israeli, is that he's full of shit.Homo D...
  • Mandy
    2016-10-09
    What a compelling, engaging, thought-provoking, and ultimately quite terrifying book this is. I found it unputdownable - there’s just so much food for thought in its pages and I often find myself thinking back to it when I hear of advances in science and technology with which the author’s vision of the future begins to seem ever more plausible. He describes how human nature, indeed our very humanity, could be transformed in the not very dista...
  • Tanja Berg
    2017-03-04
    "Looking back, many think that the downfall of the pharaohs and the death of God were both positive developments. People are usually afraid of change because they fear the unknown. But the single greatest constant of history is that everything changes."Knowing where we are is a prerequisite for having any idea of where we are going. Common fantasies is what put humans on top. Not only can we communicate, but we can also comminuticate about thing ...
  • ধনঞ্জয় বিশ্বাস
    2017-02-21
    The title is misleading.What this book did was to speculate about the future of horse carriages while disregarding the possibility of a car. In that respect, Harari did a pretty good job.But as far as the future goes, outside science fictions, speculating is pretty pointless. Even the best of the carriages becomes obsolete once a car comes along.What will happen if P is proven to be equal to NP?What if interstellar flights becomes a reality?Absur...
  • Davut Cikrikci
    2017-02-09
    Saphiens den sonra bunu da okumak oldukça iyi geldi. Genel olarak sosyal medya ve arama motorlarının izin verdiği derinlikte ve yönde bilgiyi aldığımız, ve hatta onu da oldukça gereksiz derecede fazla alarak bir anlamda uyuşma yaşadığımızı düşünürsek, yazarın bahsettiği gelecek kehanetleri hiç de ulaşılmaz gözükmüyor. Günümüzde ekonomi ya da sosyal bilimler bir yana tıp ve mühendislik alanında bile artık teşhi...
  • Argos
    2017-01-08
    Öncelikle bu kitabın "SAPIENS" kadar çarpıcı ve etkileyici olmadığı kanısındayım. Ancak kitap hem ilgi çekici hem de kışkırtıcı ve akıcı bir okumaya sahip. İlk bölüm yani "Sapiens Dünyayı Fethediyor" bölümü biraz sıkıcı olsa da muhteşem analizlerin yeraldığı ikinci bölüme hazırlıyor sizi. Üçüncü ve son bölüm ise bilimkurgu gibi yazılmış. Biraz ürkütücü olan bu bölüm yazarın kitabı yazma amac...
  • Arvind
    2016-11-19
    3.5/5 The book discusses what lies in the future for us as a species wrt Artificial Intelligence and conquest of death and immortality. Some really astonishing examples were posted as status updates by me.It starts off very well introducing the topic, but after that I felt a lot of time and pages was spent on discussing the past in unneeded detail. Also, I felt the view was largely dystopian, was sometimes reminded of the world of the movie "Matr...
  • Joachim Stoop
    2017-01-12
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind 4,5/5Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow 3,5/5Only the last part (1/3) is actually about the future. Warning: I cannot unread this book, but if I could...I became very dark and depressed about the future possibilities formulated by Harari. And I'm afraid he's right about DNA, computers, inequality and their effect on what is to be human.pfffft
  • Krista
    2016-12-01
    Like capitalism, Dataism too began as a neutral scientific theory, but is now mutating into a religion that claims to determine right and wrong. The supreme value of this new religion is 'information flow'. If life is the movement of information, and if we think that life is good, it follows that we should extend, deepen and spread the flow of information in the universe. According to Dataism, human experiences are not sacred and Homo sapiens isn...
  • Louise Wilson
    2016-08-24
    A brief history of tomorrow brings us an insight of the authors focus towards humanity's future and quest to upgrade humans into Gods.Humankind has been able to rein in famine, plague and war. For the first time ever more people die from eating too much than from eating to little. More people die from old age than from infectious diseases. A wonderfully written insight to our future.I would like to thank Net Galley, Random House UK, Vintage Publi...
  • Andrew
    2016-06-19
    Remember Sapiens ? Remember how it brilliantly explained all of human history? Well, now Yuval Noah Harari explains some of the possibilities for humanity's future.Picking up on his thesis of humans as storytellers, he looks at the main stories we've told: religion and humanism and how they may fare in an increasingly technological world. The old certainties are built on these old stories. Can liberalism and democracy survive in a world where th...
  • Alasdair Reads
    2016-09-23
    More interesting as provocation than enlightenment. Some great turns of phrase though
  • Weronika
    2016-12-07
    The book is hugely disappointing. A year or so ago I read an interview with Harari on this book, which was still work in progress, and I found his views on biological inequality (and, to a lesser extent, the decoupling of intelligence from consciousness) very insightful. Actually, it was that interview that inspired me to read Sapiens, which, despite certain flaws, unfortunately amplified in Deus, is a book definitely worth reading. Meanwhile, De...
  • Don
    2016-10-15
    I am greatly disappointed I purchased this book.To be fair, the first few pages intrigued my interest. Narari can certainly write and capture your attention. I suspect in large part that is why this book received such high reviews on GoodReads: it is an easy book to pick-up and read.I struggled, however, with many of his claims and often erroneous statements. On several occasions I found myself turning to his footnotes for further information. Wh...
  • Vov
    2015-04-13
    Dr. Harari is masterful in analyzing the human story through seemingly transcendent eyes.Aside from a few minor quibbles I have regarding this book, which include structure and rehashing material (a good chunk of text was devoted to ideas which were extensively discussed in his previous book. Some will find these ideas as irrelevant or out of scope with the book's premise), I can say that Harari successfully managed to produce another tasty treat...
  • Luis Brudna
    2017-01-22
    Excelente livro sobre ciência, política, religião e história. Em alguns momentos o autor tem algumas ideias um tanto exageradas, mas isso não chega a comprometer a qualidade do livro.
  • Paul
    2017-03-07
    In Yuval Noah Harari’s previous book, Sapiens, he considered how humanity got to where we are today from a hunter-gatherer culture to a modern industrial farming systems that can support millions. In this latest volume, Home Deus, he contemplates the future; our future, and the events that will shape us in the twenty-first century. We have reached the apex of our abilities with current technology. Going back only a hundred years our lives were ...
  • Vipul Murarka
    2016-09-25
    Thanks to Netgallery, I was given the free copy of the book to review the same.After having thoroughly enjoyed Sapiens by the same author earlier this year, I was all the more excited to read Homo Deus. While in Sapiens, the author explored on how humans evolved and reached to the point where we are at the moment, this book is about what is there in store for humans in future.The book has raised some really interesting points. While I had read in...
  • Karnika Kapoor
    2017-02-07
    A thought provoking book that presents the possibilities of the directions in which humanity is heading, I must say it is quite convincing. Some bits are pleasant and others are downright scary. Harari takes a dig on a great variety of subjects from artificial intelligence to biology from psychology to politics and so on ... I really found the part on free-will and Individual really exciting. It is sort of like bringing back my long time undecide...
  • James Hartley
    2017-02-09
    Excellent, scary and stimulating look at our species and history - and our future. This should appeal to anyone who writes or reads as Hararis thesis rests on the fact that we - homo sapiens - need to believe in things, be it money, flags, countries, companies, stories or even ourselves. Here, as well as showing how we got to where we are, he shows us how our reliance on technology, algorithms and being told what to do may prove to be our eventua...
  • kartik narayanan
    2016-09-17
    If there was a way to give 6 stars for this book, I would have. This is one of the most thought provoking books I have ever read. It has changed the way I think about humanity. I would say that this is an even better book than sapiens