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. – From Amazon
In my old age, I have started listening to way too much fucking news. And now to my utter amazement, I am reading/listening to nonfiction books. I am mad about this because I should be writing.
Anyway, so I was randomly listening Yuval’s TED talk on Nationalism vs. Globalism.
First, his accent is awesome.
Second, he talks about the three biggest past issues for human kind were: famine, disease, and war.
If you have not noticed, for most first world countries, we have conquered these three things. And he says that more people nowadays (I’m paraphrasing) die from sugar and suicide than war. More people die from suicide than war!
Let that sink in.
I didn’t read Yuval’s first book Sapiens, but I did get Homo Deus. I felt like I was reading Susan Quinn’s science fiction novel The Legacy Human. According to Yuval, the future of mankind is algorithms and data. I know about algorithms from Chris Fox’s Six Figure Author: Using Data to Sell Books: Write Faster, Write Smarter. It’s every author’s dream to learn about Amazon’s algorithms to get their books in front of the right audience.
Back to the subject, eventually, algorithms will do more than show us our favorite books on Amazon. It will help us find a mate (eHarmony maybe), tell us who to vote for, etc, etc.
Eventually just as we replaced God with individualistm, algorithms will replace us leading to Homo Deus (or the bad guys in the Legacy Human).
Another idea he throws around is that there is no free will. We are nothing but a complex algorithm.
Anyway, I told my nineteen-year-old daughter about this, and with her obsessive personality, she found the personality algorithms that uses your likes and favorites on Facebook and Twitter. You can find it here: https://applymagicsauce.com
I’ve prided myself on never taking a personality test, but I took this one. The fact that I all I had to do was link my Facebook and twitter accounts made it easy. Anyways, according to Twitter and my Facebook posts, I’m 27 and male. I like this. I’ve always wanted to be a boy. Although, I am a forty-year-old woman.
What we need to ask ourselves is do we want this. I love Siri and Alexa. I love the concept of electric cars and algorithms telling me what they believe I should do. I say bring on Home Deus.