Homo Deus

Homo Deus
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 450
Release: 2016-09-13
ISBN 10: 0771038690
ISBN 13: 9780771038693
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Homo Deus Book Review:

International Bestseller From the author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind comes an extraordinary new book that explores the future of the human species. Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. In Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century – from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. War is obsolete You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict Famine is disappearing You are at more risk of obesity than starvation Death is just a technical problem Equality is out – but immortality is in What does our future hold?

Homo Deus

Homo Deus
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2017-02-21
ISBN 10: 0062464353
ISBN 13: 9780062464354
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Homo Deus Book Review:

Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

Homo Deus

Homo Deus
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2016-09-08
ISBN 10: 1473545374
ISBN 13: 9781473545373
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Homo Deus Book Review:

**THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER** Sapiens showed us where we came from. In uncertain times, Homo Deus shows us where we're going. 'Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. It will make you think in ways you had not thought before' Daniel Kahneman, bestselling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?

Sapiens Homo Deus box set

Sapiens Homo Deus box set
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: Harper
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-10-24
ISBN 10: 9780062834317
ISBN 13: 0062834312
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sapiens Homo Deus box set Book Review:

Featuring Two Exclusive Essays by Yuval Noah Harari: "The Crisis of Liberalism" and "The Theater of Terror" Discover humanity’s past and its future in this in this special box set featuring Sapiens—a reading pick of President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg—and its acclaimed companion Homo Deus.

Sapiens and Homo Deus The E book Collection

Sapiens and Homo Deus  The E book Collection
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 816
Release: 2017-02-21
ISBN 10: 0062693603
ISBN 13: 9780062693600
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sapiens and Homo Deus The E book Collection Book Review:

Discover humanity’s past and its future in this in this special e-book collection featuring Sapiens—a reading pick of President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg—and its acclaimed companion Homo Deus.

Sapiens

Sapiens
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2014-10-28
ISBN 10: 0771038526
ISBN 13: 9780771038525
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sapiens Book Review:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective. 100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical -- and sometimes devastating -- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.

Homo Deus

Homo Deus
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: Harper
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2017-02-21
ISBN 10: 9780062464316
ISBN 13: 0062464310
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Homo Deus Book Review:

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

Sapiens A Graphic History Volume 1

Sapiens  A Graphic History  Volume 1
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2020-10-27
ISBN 10: 0771038755
ISBN 13: 9780771038754
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sapiens A Graphic History Volume 1 Book Review:

Volume one of the epic, beautifully illustrated graphic history of humankind, based on Yuval Noah Harari's internationally bestselling phenomenon In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power. How can we see the big picture without getting caught up in an infinity of little details? One way is to step back, to look at the really big picture: the entire history of the human species. Sapiens: A Graphic History, The Birth of Humankind is the story of how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth, capable of splitting the atom, flying to the Moon, and manipulating the genetic code of life. With Yuval Noah Harari as your guide, and accompanied by characters like Prehistoric Bill, Dr. Fiction, and Detective Lopez, you are invited to take a ride on the wild side of history. The graphic format offers readers a new intellectual and artistic exploration of the past. Human evolution is reimagined as a tacky reality TV show. The first encounter between Sapiens and Neanderthals is explored through the master-pieces of modern art. The extinction of the mammoths and saber-toothed tigers is retold as a "whodunit" movie. Sapiens: A Graphic History is a radical, and radically fun, retelling of the story of humankind, bursting with wit, humor, and colorful characters. If you want to know why we are all trapped inside the dreams of dead people—read this book.

Sapiens A Graphic History Volume 2

Sapiens  A Graphic History  Volume 2
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-11-02
ISBN 10: 077100026X
ISBN 13: 9780771000263
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sapiens A Graphic History Volume 2 Book Review:

Volume two of Sapiens: A Graphic History: the epic, beautifully illustrated graphic history of humankind, based on Yuval Noah Harari's internationally bestselling phenomenon. Twelve thousand years ago, we humans fell into a trap. Volume II of Sapiens: A Graphic History tells the story of how we took over the world; how an unlikely marriage between a god and a bureaucrat created the first empires; and how war, famine, disease, and inequality became a part of the human condition. Sound sombre? Not with this cast of entertaining characters, returning from Volume I to explore the Agricultural Revolution. Yuval, Zoe, Prof. Saraswati, Cindy and Bill (turned farmers), Detective Lopez, and Dr. Fiction – are all back to travel the length and breadth of human history. The cunning Mephisto shows them how to entrap humans, King Hammurabi lays down the law, and Confucius explains harmonious society. With guest appearances by Thomas Jefferson, Scarlet O’Hara and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And there’s plenty more genre-bending to enjoy in this book. The origins of modern farming are introduced through Elizabethan tragedy, the changing fortunes of domesticated plants and animals are tracked in the columns of the Daily Business News, the story of urbanization is told as a travel brochure offering discount journeys to ancient Babylon and China, while the history of inequality is scouted out in a superhero detective story.

Notes on Yuval Noah Harari s Homo Deus by Instaread

Notes on Yuval Noah Harari   s Homo Deus by Instaread
Author: Instaread
Publsiher: Instaread
Total Pages: 22
Release: 2017-03-14
ISBN 10: 1683786963
ISBN 13: 9781683786962
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Notes on Yuval Noah Harari s Homo Deus by Instaread Book Review:

PLEASE NOTE: This is a companion to Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus and NOT the original book. Preview: Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2017) argues that human beings have come to a fundamental turning point in history. The great struggles that have defined human existence have largely been won. Inside this companion to the book: · Overview of the Book · Insights from the Book · Important People · Author's Style and Perspective · Intended Audience About the Author: With Instaread, you can get the notes and insights from a book in 15 minutes or less. Visit our website at instaread.co.

Summary Of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century By Yuval Noah Harari

Summary Of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century By Yuval Noah Harari
Author: Onehour Reads
Publsiher: Knowledge Crave
Total Pages: 74
Release: 2019-11-03
ISBN 10: 9781950284498
ISBN 13: 1950284492
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary Of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century By Yuval Noah Harari Book Review:

Summary Of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century By Yuval Noah Harari - Book Summary - OneHour Reads We think we have seen the worst of this world: the violation of human rights, terrorism and killings here and there. Sadly, it is going to get worse because the future is not "bright". We also think we (humans) rule the world and nothing can ever change that but if we do nothing, the environment and technology would unseat us. Also, we are so engrossed in other seemingly important things except the things that can save us. In the book, "21 lessons for the 21st century, Yuval Noah Harari raises challenging questions about concepts that have become so enshrined in the global society and the author shows how these concepts have failed us, particularly now that we need them the most. This book rattles the foundation of everything we have believed over the years and how they are now the very things that have stopped us from coming together to fight and win the battle of the future. This book contains a comprehensive, well detailed summary and key takeaways of the original book by Yuval Noah Harari . It summarizes the book in detail, to help people effectively understand, articulate and imbibe the original work by Harari. This book is not meant to replace the original book but to serve as a companion to it Contained is an Executive Summary of the original book Key Points of each chapter and Brief chapter-by-chapter summaries To get this book, Scroll Up Now and Click on the "Buy now with 1-Click" Button to Download your Copy Right Away! Disclaimer: This is a summary, review of the book "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" and not the original book.

Summary of Homo Deus

Summary of Homo Deus
Author: Readtrepreneur Publishing
Publsiher: Readtrepreneur Publishing
Total Pages: 62
Release: 2019-05-24
ISBN 10: 9781690404804
ISBN 13: 1690404809
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Homo Deus Book Review:

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari- Book Summary - Readtrepreneur (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book, but an unofficial summary.) Mankind is undoubtedly one interesting species. We have managed to overcome and even come up with solutions to major world problems like famine, plague, and war. This book Homo Deus discusses the evolution of man over the years; from simple-minded beings who believed in God to intelligent man who questions God's existence and would rather rely on Science and data computation to get their answers. (Note: This summary is wholly written and published by Readtrepreneur. It is not affiliated with the original author in any way) "History began when humans invented gods, and will end when humans become gods." - Yuval Noah Harari Homo Deus tells us of the journey throughout man's quest for power as they attempt to become more godlike, and the reasons behind why they could accomplish so much. Humankind has always thought of themselves as more superior than the other species and believed that their existence has great meaning and meant for a higher purpose. P.S. Open your eyes and mind as you learn more about our own species - mankind. As we read along, Homo Deus will make us ponder - Are we really that great as we think? Are we bettering ourselves, or self-destructing? The Time for Thinking is Over! Time for Action! Scroll Up Now and Click on the "Buy now with 1-Click" Button to Download your Copy Right Away! Why Choose Us, Readtrepreneur? - Highest Quality Summaries - Delivers Amazing Knowledge - Awesome Refresher - Clear And Concise Disclaimer Once Again: This book is meant for a great companionship of the original book or to simply get the gist of the original book.

Homo Deus

Homo Deus
Author: Samuel Harris
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 31
Release: 2017-03-19
ISBN 10: 9781520879390
ISBN 13: 1520879393
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Homo Deus Book Review:

HOMO DEUS Read HOMO DEUS -The Future of Mankind on your PC, Mac, smart phone, table, ipad or Kindle device. How many of us truly know the future? How many of us can gaze into the distant world, peering beyond the veil and see the truth of what is to come? Chances are, aside from those who purport psychic powers, no one here can see the future. We have no ability to see what is coming down the pipeline. We cannot predict what will happen tomorrow, next week or even next year with any form of confidence. Time makes fools of us all.So how then are we to consider what is to come? How can we as people determine what the future is going to be like? Well, while we might not be able to confidently say what will happen tomorrow or next year, we are able to make a series of conclusions based off of the patterns of the past. You see, history is more or less indicative of how the world will continue to move. History is based off of long patterns that if viewed from a top level, will show that a lot of things could be accurately predicted. When we say prediction, we are not talking about specifics. No historian would have been able to predict that it would have been the exact assassination of Francis Ferdinand that would have started World War I, but many historians had seen the history of violence and the powder keg that had been the Balkans and would know that someday a major catastrophe would have incited a long drawn out war. Seeing the future isn't about predicting specific events, but rather it is using the information from the patterns that we have today and seeing just what the future has in store for us on a large level. In our modern society, there is a great deal of doom and gloom. Many people are living in fear that we are perhaps in the worst time of history. They point to things like climate change, the political sphere, globalization and terrorism, using these things as evidences as to why the modern-day era is the worst that it's ever been. The problem with this synopsis is that it is entirely ignorant of history! The purpose of this book is to shed light on the patterns of history and show that the future is something to be welcome instead of feared. If you are someone who has worried about the future of our planet, of our countries and the state of affairs, then I would welcome you to kick back, relax and give this book a read. Together we are going to be looking at three distinct phases of our timeline, the past, the present and what we believe the future will be like. We will look at the biggest problems our world has faced over the years, we will examine the patterns of time and most importantly, we will use those patterns to reveal what is in store for humanity on a higher level. Are you ready? Let's begin! In this book we're going to cover: A Brief History of Mankind The Modern Life Human Optimization Human Destiny Transcendence And much, much more! So are you ready to get started? Download your copy today!

A Book Review of Harari s Homo Deus A Brief History of Tomorrow

A Book Review of Harari s  Homo Deus  A Brief History of Tomorrow
Author: Henry Appleyard
Publsiher: GRIN Verlag
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-06-13
ISBN 10: 3668463263
ISBN 13: 9783668463264
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Book Review of Harari s Homo Deus A Brief History of Tomorrow Book Review:

Literature Review from the year 2017 in the subject Literature - Modern Literature, grade: A, University of Auckland, language: English, abstract: Homo sapiens make sense of the world through stories, contextualising consciences in communication and interaction. This was the premise for Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014), looking back at the last 75,000 years of human socio-cultural evolution “to ask big questions and answer them scientifically”. In a similar vein, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2015) looks forward, hypothesising on this growing symbiotic relationship with artificial intelligence (AI) as the next stage of evolution. What we see in the Anthropocene epoch is the writing of history and stories shifting to computational processes, narrated by the user/human but plotted by AI.

HOMO DEUS Summarized for Busy People

HOMO DEUS   Summarized for Busy People
Author: Goldmine Reads
Publsiher: Goldmine Reads
Total Pages: 58
Release: 2019-01-30
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9182736450XXX
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

HOMO DEUS Summarized for Busy People Book Review:

This book summary and analysis was created for individuals who want to extract the essential contents and are too busy to go through the full version. This book is not intended to replace the original book. Instead, we highly encourage you to buy the full version. Yuval Noah Harari, author of the worldwide hit and New York Times bestseller Sapiens, presents another riveting and thought-provoking masterpiece revolving around the future of humankind and its journey in the path to divinity. Throughout the last century, humans have triumphed over the seemingly impossible and have overcome plague, famine, and war. Harari emphasizes that although this is difficult to believe, humankind has indeed successfully reduced plague, famine, and war from unyielding natural forces into manageable predicaments. The fraction of people today that die from communicable diseases is less than of those who die from old age; the mortality rate linked to complications from diabetes, obesity, and heart conditions is less than of those who die from having too little to eat; and the number of casualties of war is less than the total body count for suicide. A question arises: what will become humankind’s next project if not finding solutions for plague, famine, and war? Humans have long reigned over the Earth. Now we must choose our next journey and set on a new path to the future. In Homo Deus, Harari investigates what dreams, nightmares, and ventures await us in the twenty-first century—from surmounting death itself to creating godlike beings. Now we must ask ourselves: What will become of humankind? With this much power at our fingertips, how will we protect the world from the self-destructive tendencies of man? We are entering the next part of evolution. We have arrived at the age of Homo Deus. Wait no more, take action and get this book now!

Summary of Homo Deus

Summary of Homo Deus
Author: SpeedyReads
Publsiher: Gatsby
Total Pages: 38
Release: 2018-09-14
ISBN 10: 3965085751
ISBN 13: 9783965085756
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Homo Deus Book Review:

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, authored by Yuval Noah Harari, was published in 2015. The book delves deeply into the past, present and future of the world and humans in light of religion, science and technology. It takes both the past and present into account to forecast the future and highlights the risks caused by artificial intelligence and other technological progress that humans may encounter.

Cur Deus Homo

Cur Deus Homo
Author: Saint Anselm (Archbishop of Canterbury)
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 115
Release: 1865
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: HARVARD:32044014196430
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Summary of Yuval Noah Harari s Homo Deus

Summary of Yuval Noah Harari s Homo Deus
Author: Milkyway Media
Publsiher: Milkyway Media
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-09-15
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9182736450XXX
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Yuval Noah Harari s Homo Deus Book Review:

Buy now to get the main key ideas from Yuval Noah Harari's Homo Deus In Homo Deus (2015), Yuval Noah Harari examines new and futuristic approaches to human evolution and explores what might occur once old myths combine with superhuman technologies. He also discusses the threats that liberalism will encounter in the near future and suggests a greater cosmic plan, giving a brief glimpse of what the future might look like in the light of technology. The techno-religion of Dataism will ultimately replace traditional religions by creating Homo deus, a new human entity that will supersede Homo sapiens. Although humanity’s time on Earth has shaped all aspects of life and nature, it is now time for biology, alongside technology, to decide the future. Harari aims to raise three key issues about this future: Is life really just data processing? Which is more valuable, intelligence or consciousness? What will happen if our algorithms know us better than we know ourselves?

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-01-29
ISBN 10: 0593132815
ISBN 13: 9780593132814
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

21 Lessons for the 21st Century Book Review:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In Sapiens, he explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today’s most pressing issues. “Fascinating . . . a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the twenty-first century.”—Bill Gates, The New York Times Book Review NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY FINANCIAL TIMES AND PAMELA PAUL, KQED How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the threat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis? Harari’s unique ability to make sense of where we have come from and where we are going has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Here he invites us to consider values, meaning, and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged with irrelevant information, clarity is power. Presenting complex contemporary challenges clearly and accessibly, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is essential reading. “If there were such a thing as a required instruction manual for politicians and thought leaders, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century would deserve serious consideration. In this collection of provocative essays, Harari . . . tackles a daunting array of issues, endeavoring to answer a persistent question: ‘What is happening in the world today, and what is the deep meaning of these events?’”—BookPage (top pick)

Machines of Loving Grace

Machines of Loving Grace
Author: John Markoff
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2015-08-25
ISBN 10: 0062266705
ISBN 13: 9780062266705
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Machines of Loving Grace Book Review:

As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society—on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health—Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: will these machines help us, or will they replace us? In the past decade alone, Google introduced us to driverless cars, Apple debuted a personal assistant that we keep in our pockets, and an Internet of Things connected the smaller tasks of everyday life to the farthest reaches of the internet. There is little doubt that robots are now an integral part of society, and cheap sensors and powerful computers will ensure that, in the coming years, these robots will soon act on their own. This new era offers the promise of immense computing power, but it also reframes a question first raised more than half a century ago, at the birth of the intelligent machine: Will we control these systems, or will they control us? In Machines of Loving Grace, New York Times reporter John Markoff, the first reporter to cover the World Wide Web, offers a sweeping history of the complicated and evolving relationship between humans and computers. Over the recent years, the pace of technological change has accelerated dramatically, reintroducing this difficult ethical quandary with newer and far weightier consequences. As Markoff chronicles the history of automation, from the birth of the artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation communities in the 1950s, to the modern day brain trusts at Google and Apple in Silicon Valley, and on to the expanding tech corridor between Boston and New York, he traces the different ways developers have addressed this fundamental problem and urges them to carefully consider the consequences of their work. We are on the verge of a technological revolution, Markoff argues, and robots will profoundly transform the way our lives are organized. Developers must now draw a bright line between what is human and what is machine, or risk upsetting the delicate balance between them.