Book Review by Indu Balakrishnan
If you are still wondering what hit you with the pandemic and the possibly-lab-created-virus that stopped life and changed the world as we knew it, you could find the answers in Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus : A brief history of tomorrow.
Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher and best-selling author of ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’. While Sapiens defines human progress as the journey from hunter-gatherers to today’s global visionaries, Homo Deus explores the future of humanity and what lies ahead.
Charles Darwin talked about evolution. Monkey to Man. That is where humans came from. But humanity? How did we evolve? Where are we going? World-renowned historian Yuval Noah Harari presents the portal to the past, the current level and the future. It includes the threat of technology and what we could do to avoid impending doom.
Yuval questions the very human nature as he expects it to be transformed because of the growing gap between intelligence and conscience. While Sapiens established that man is just an accident, and there is nothing rather unique about him, the power that he has today could be the death of the human race as we know it.
The author was recommended to me. The pandemic motivated me to pick up the book. World Peace has always been on my to-do list. My curiosity about how tech could help us give an edge over war, famine and death itself wants to be satisfied. Is happiness achieved by living our dreams, or is it just a byproduct of chemicals and electric stimuli to the brain? The human’s chase of happiness and immortality – a journey void of fear, pain and flaws – is the transformation of Homo Sapiens to Homo Deus.
What is the next step of the journey? What lies ahead in the evolution process? Time will tell. And Homo Deus.
Are you ready to keep up?