Books: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Harari is exploring the next steps in the evolution of human, which he calls homo deus. If this is the future, it looks scary…

Interesting thoughts:

  • Humanity has successfully overcome wars, famine and plague. The reappearance of either does not reflect our inability, but rather our inefficiency.
  • Consciousness as a mental pollution. According to the author, amongst all the theories aimed at explainimg consciousness, one of the most recognised nowadays describes consciousness as an unnecessary sidefect of mental processes – mental polution.
  • Techno humanism or posthumanism. Explores the idea that the future of humanity will revolve around improving human beings with technological capacities, such as memory chips etc.
  • Dataism defines human as a set of algorithms that could be more efficiently executed by unbiased machines, provided they have the all the information/data at their disposal. Hence ineffective human decision making will in the future be replaced by much more effective machines / algorithms.

Personal score: 9/10

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