未来简史 | Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

    未来简史 | Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

    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.

    进入21世纪后,曾经长期威胁人类生存、发展的瘟疫、饥荒和战争已经被攻克,智人面临着新的待办议题:永生不老、幸福快乐和成为具有“神性”的人类。在解决这些新问题的过程中,科学技术的发展将颠覆我们很多当下认为无需佐证的“常识”,比如人文主义所推崇的自由意志将面临严峻挑战,机器将会代替人类做出更明智的选择。

    更重要的,当以大数据、人工智能为代表的科学技术发展的日益成熟,人类将面临着从进化到智人以来zui大的一次改变,绝大部分人将沦为“无价值的群体”,只有少部分人能进化成特质发生改变的 “神人”。

    未来,人类将面临着三大问题:生物本身就是算法,生命是不断处理数据的过程;意识与智能的分离;拥有大数据积累的外部环境将比我们自己更了解自己。如何看待这三大问题,以及如何采取应对措施,将直接影响着人类未来的发展。

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