By Yuval Noah Harari

International Bestseller

From the writer of the foreign bestseller Sapiens: a short heritage of Humankind comes a unprecedented new publication that explores the way forward for the human species.

Yuval Noah Harari, writer of the bestselling Sapiens: a quick background of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant global within which we are facing a brand new set of demanding situations. In Homo Deus, he examines our destiny together with his trademark mix of technology, historical past, philosophy and each self-discipline in between.

Homo Deus explores the tasks, desires and nightmares that may form the twenty-first century – from overcoming loss of life to making synthetic existence. It asks the basic questions: the place can we move from the following? and the way can we safeguard this fragile international from our personal damaging powers? this is often the subsequent level of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

War is obsolete
you're likely to dedicate suicide than be killed in conflict

Famine is disappearing
you're at extra hazard of weight problems than starvation

Death is simply a technical problem
Equality is out – yet immortality is in

What does our destiny hold?

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When the USA fought Iraq in 2003 it brought havoc to Baghdad and Mosul, but not a single bomb was dropped on Los Angeles or Chicago. In the future, though, a country such as North Korea or Iran could use logic bombs to shut down the power in California, blow up refineries in Texas and cause trains to collide in Michigan (‘logic bombs’ are malicious software codes planted in peacetime and operated at a distance. It is highly likely that networks controlling vital infrastructure facilities in the USA and many other countries are already crammed with such codes).

3 3. The real culprit was the minuscule Yersinia pestis bacterium. The Black Death was not a singular event, nor even the worst plague in history. More disastrous epidemics struck America, Australia and the Pacific Islands following the arrival of the first Europeans. Unbeknown to the explorers and settlers, they brought with them new infectious diseases against which the natives had no immunity. 7 On 5 March 1520 a small Spanish flotilla left the island of Cuba on its way to Mexico. The ships carried 900 Spanish soldiers along with horses, firearms and a few African slaves.

The breakneck development of fields such as genetic engineering, regenerative medicine and nanotechnology fosters ever more optimistic prophecies. Some experts believe that humans will overcome death by 2200, others say 2100. Kurzweil and de Grey are even more sanguine. They maintain that anyone possessing a healthy body and a healthy bank account in 2050 will have a serious shot at immortality by cheating death a decade at a time. According to Kurzweil and de Grey, every ten years or so we will march into the clinic and receive a makeover treatment that will not only cure illnesses, but will also regenerate decaying tissues, and upgrade hands, eyes and brains.

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