Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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WHAT poses the chief threat to mankind in the 21st century: financial meltdown, nuclear war or ecological disaster? 

The answer, according to Yuval Noah Harari, is none of the above. Instead our greatest existential challenge will come from the ‘techno-religion’ known as Dataism. Not convinced? Read on.

Harari, an Israeli professor of history, first came to the world’s attention with his bestselling Sapiens, the 6,000-year story of how humans used consciousness and collective myths (such as gods and money) to conquer the world. 

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Now, in Homo Deus, he explores what might happen when these old myths are combined with new ‘godlike’ technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. 

The possibilities are – to put it mildly – terrifying.

By Yuval Noah Harari 

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