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By Muzzaffar on 04-17-17
The book is great but the narrative is incomplete
I read and listen to audible at the same time. I realised that the narration of the book is incomplete. The narrator tend to skip a few paragraphs. Due to this reason, i have to constantly pause the audiobook in order to read the paragraph myself.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Louis D. van Niekerk on 11-25-17
If you want to have your mind bend and stretched a bit, this book is for you
If Homo Sapiens gave me a few different and deeper perspectives about humanity, then Homo Deus really stretched my big picture systematic thinking mind into different orbits.
I can cery well see some of the scenarios discussed here come to fruition- in fact I see many of the trains having left the stations already.
If anything, the book assumes to have figured out consciousness as a mere emergent property of complex networks and algorithms for which the scientific community has no consensus yet. The possibility that human computational powers extend still deeper than the presumed smart algorithms of the future cannot be discarded. In fact, that seems to me to be our only hope of survival as a species.
Excellent book! Really excellent!!
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By Devis Deogratius on 06-20-18
Intelligence vs Consciousness.
A great read, it relate a lot to Tedmark book Life 3.0. The future is data! I wonder how Yuval Harari feels about data and internet influence in the past US election , it's exactly like how this book predicts our future!
By Theo on 05-20-18
excellent and confusing
Homo Deus was a book that had to be written. It jogs through hundreds of historical, philosophical, metaphysical, economic, political, technological and psychological issues - skewering them together to present quite a few forward looking possibilities. I liked the way that it was done, but it ends up being a work of literature and not a resource for critical thinking. This is not a criticism - it allowed me to pull back slightly from the hardcore intellectual train of thought and enjoy it for what it is - a story. If the reader is not too critical of the academic and technical positions held up throughout, she will be left with much to ponder about for a long time to come.
The author himself provides the antidote should the reader find herself either furiously opposed to some of the views, or uncomfortably in agreement with some of the opinions - don't take it too seriously. If you do, you might want to take some other things in this world more seriously and that is a slippery slope with no useful outcome.
The story-line is woven together from so many facts - none of which are exhaustively examined so it ends up being pleasant and not hard work to keep track. If you can't make sense of it - not to worry, the author will provide you with a sufficient amount of leading provided you don't mind "going with it" for the time being.
So when I say I would have liked for it to have been better written, I am specifically referring the fact that I like where the book lands in the end and the viewpoint that unfolds. The (sometimes) incoherent turns and cut-backs that the author takes to arrive at this outcome undermines the seriousness of the final realization.
I enjoyed reading it, but had to hold on at times not to become too involved or too uninterested in order to get to the magnificent final conclusions. The nature of the content also does not offer much opportunity for the narrator - who does a fine job of not overdoing the reading, yet doing justice to the story-line and at times technical navigation of facts and concepts.