Summary of Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari

Summary of Homo Deus

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, authored by Yuval Noah Harari, was published in 2015. The book delves deeply into the past, present and future of the world and humans in light of religion, science and technology. It takes both the past and present into account to forecast the future and highlights the risks caused by artificial intelligence and other technological progress that humans may encounter.
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Previously the main sources of wealth were material assets such as gold mines, wheat fields and oil wells. Today the main source of wealth is knowledge. And whereas you can conquer oil fields through war, you cannot acquire knowledge that way.

Fertilise several eggs, and choose the one with the best combination. Once stem-cell research enables us to create an unlimited supply of human embryos on the cheap, you can select your optimal baby from among hundreds of candidates, all carrying your DNA, all perfectly natural, and none requiring any futuristic genetic engineering. Iterate this procedure for a few generations, and you could easily end up with superhumans (or a creepy dystopia).

In contrast, ‘anger’ isn’t an abstract term we have decided to use as a shorthand for billions of electric brain signals. Anger is an extremely concrete experience which people were familiar with long before they knew anything about electricity. When I say, ‘I am angry!’ I am pointing to a very tangible feeling. If you describe how a chemical reaction in a neuron results in an electric signal, and how billions of similar reactions result in billions of additional signals, it is still worthwhile to ask, ‘But how do these billions of events come together to create my concrete feeling of anger?’

if some multinational corporation wants to know whether it lives up to its ‘Don’t be evil’ motto, it need only take a look at its bottom line. If it makes loads of money, it means that millions of people like its products, which implies that it is a force for good.

the experiencing self is often strong enough to sabotage the best-laid plans of the narrating self. I might, for instance, make a New Year’s resolution to start a diet and go to the gym every day. Such grand decisions are the monopoly of the narrating self. But the following week when it’s gym time, the experiencing self takes over. I don’t feel like going to the gym, and instead I order pizza, sit on the sofa and turn on the TV.

intelligence is mandatory but consciousness is optional.

The most important question in twenty-first-century economics may well be what to do with all the superfluous people. What will conscious humans do, once we have highly intelligent non-conscious algorithms that can do almost everything better?

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mansoor20525je citiraoпре 2 месеца
Invisible armadas are further significant in this context. The ever fragile human that was tortured to death by the very miniscule bacteria and viruses has started to gain a better position. The bacteria and viruses now face the destruction brought upon them by antibiotics. While science is further evolving to create better fighting bodies, only a few realize that the same infectious germs can be used to wipe out whole nations in war situations.

ഈ സന്ദർഭത്തിൽ അദൃശ്യമായ അർമാദകൾ കൂടുതൽ പ്രാധാന്യമർഹിക്കുന്നു. വളരെ ചെറിയ ബാക്ടീരിയകളും വൈറസുകളും ഉപയോഗിച്ച് പീഡിപ്പിക്കപ്പെടുന്ന എക്കാലത്തെയും ദുർബലനായ മനുഷ്യൻ മെച്ചപ്പെട്ട സ്ഥാനം നേടാൻ തുടങ്ങി. ആൻറിബയോട്ടിക്കുകൾ വരുത്തിയ നാശത്തെ ബാക്ടീരിയകളും വൈറസുകളും ഇപ്പോൾ അഭിമുഖീകരിക്കുന്നു. മെച്ചപ്പെട്ട പോരാട്ടശരീരങ്ങൾ സൃഷ്ടിക്കുന്നതിനായി ശാസ്ത്രം കൂടുതൽ വികസിച്ചുകൊണ്ടിരിക്കുമ്പോൾ, യുദ്ധസാഹചര്യങ്ങളിൽ മുഴുവൻ രാജ്യങ്ങളെയും തുടച്ചുനീക്കാൻ ഒരേ പകർച്ചവ്യാധികൾ ഉപയോഗിക്കാമെന്ന് ചുരുക്കം ചിലർ മനസ്സിലാക്കുന്നു.

Kim Kryger Andersen
Kim Kryger Andersenje citiraoпре 3 месеца
Interestingly, the author considered that it is through the Bible that one learns that animals don’t mean humans any good i.e. an interpretation of the snake’s acts.
Elena Chazova
Elena Chazovaje citiralaпре 6 месеци
The narrative has been shifting over the years. Whatever was the need of time, a deity emerged targeted to that very specific need of the humans. If food was required, then food was what the humans got by trusting the very deity and if new technology was needed, the technology deity delivered it. The truth is people over the past centuries

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