Wednesday, August 31, 2016
21st Century Dataism Is Coming
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
“Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before.” -- Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow
Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. In Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. 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. War is obsolete You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict Famine is disappearing You are at more risk of obesity than starvation Death is just a technical problem Equality is out - but immortality is in What does our future hold?
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Footnote by the Blog Author
Homo Deus also argues that data and algorithms will spell the death of the philosophical concept of free will. Yet the July 22, 2016, Daily Quiddity blog entry deals with the scientific discovery of actual free will. Here is the link: