Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.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.
Israeli born Yuval Noah Harari is a historian and philosopher who was born in Haifa, Israel, and received his PhD from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Department of History. He is the author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. All Harari books have sold millions of copies worldwide, and have been translated in many countries. Sapiens has been chosen to be adapted to film by Hollywood.
Harari's books are very popular with progressives and they ask questions about such thoughts as what he describes as the "cognitive revolution", and how it affected language development; the agricultural revolution, and how the scientific method accelerated everything. His opinion in his book concerning future consequences of the futuristic biotechnological world is that "Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so".
Harari practices Vipassana meditation, he is a vegan, and does not own a smartphone. He became vegan because in his research he developed the view that the dairy industry is breaking the bond between mother cow and calf.