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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Homo Deus: A History of TomorrowHomo Deus: A History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For all you technogeeks out there interested in transhumanism, the world-as-story theory of everything human, or you SF lovers, there really isn't all that much new inside this book. You're probably well versed in these ideas. Money, cultural realism, trust, and how we use technology or religion is al based on a fiction that we all accept. No problem.

When it comes to imagining what might come next, from singularities, man-machine hybrids, or the idea that AIs might consider us superfluous (an idea I am increasingly starting to agree with), there really isn't anything groundbreaking here.

So why do I give it a four rather than a three or lower?

It's entertaining, well-written, and while it doesn't scratch my itch to learn anything new, it is a fairly comprehensive backdrop of what might come next. Of course, we're dealing with future prediction here. Most of what we assume will never come about. :)

Oh, well! At least it's consensual food-for-thought. Zeitgeist stuff. Our current hopes and fears rather than reality. :)

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