Book Review: Homo Deus

Yuval Noah Harari: “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow”

I picked up this book at an airport bookstore on a business trip, as I had read and liked Harari’s earlier work “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” before. Unlike Sapiens, this book takes us to the future rather than the past. The author explores how humankind may develop in light of current trends such as genetic modification, the omnipotence of algorithms and our obsession with data.

Although Harari paints a rather gloomy picture of our future, I quite liked many of the theories he develops. Many of the points mentioned should give us all some food for thought as to how and why we could (and should) influence these developments.

However, I believe that many of the author’s conclusions seem a little too easy. I do realize that generalizations are difficult to avoid when talking about the entire humankind. But I feel like there is a mismatch between the critical thinking the author demands and the rather simplified conclusions he presents.

Summing up, this is clearly a book which was written for a very broad audience and contains some strong simplifications. However, it is an interesting read, which I rate with three out of four possible stars. I’d still recommend it for reading – if only to start thinking about some of the issues mentioned.

Overall rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

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