JUL 17 - 02
Yuval Noah Harari returns with a compelling book about humanity’s future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods
Only two years ago Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” became one of the most influential books worldwide. Mark Zuckerberg made it a selection for his online book club. Barack Obama recommended it on television. Bill Gates told The New York Times it would be one of the 10 books he’d bring to a desert island. The bestseller described how humans conquered the world thanks to their unique ability to believe in collective myths about gods, money, equality and freedom. Now the author returned with a new work, called “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow”. In a compelling and provoking way it examines what might happen to the world when these old myths are coupled with new godlike technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. “For the first time in history,” Harari writes, “more people die today 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 combined.” Having subdued famine, pestilence and war, Harari argues, we can now train our sights on higher objectives. Eternal happiness. Everlasting life. “In seeking bliss and immortality,” he writes, “humans are in fact trying to upgrade themselves into gods.” The book Homo Deus gives us a glimpse of the dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? We at Cc are very fascinated by the argumentations and future scenarios of Harari as it delivers precious insights and touches areas we are confronted with in our consultancy work for life science and biotech clients.