xix, 372 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Part I: The technological challenge -- Disillusionment: The end of history has been postponed -- Work: When you grow up, you might not have a job -- Liberty: Big data is watching you -- Equality: Those who own the data own the future -- Part II: The political challenge -- Community: Humans have bodies -- Civilization: There is just one civilization in the world -- Nationalism: Global problems need global answers -- Religion: God now serves the nation -- Immigration: Some cultures might be better than others -- Part III: Despair and hope -- Terrorism: Don't panic -- War: Never underestimate human stupidity -- Humility: You are not the center of the world -- God: Don't take the name of God in vain -- Secularism: Acknowledge your shadow -- Part IV: Truth -- Ignorance: You know less than you think -- Justice: Our sense of justice might be out of date -- Post-truth: Some fake news lasts forever -- Science fiction: The future is not what you see in the movies -- Part V: Resilience -- Education: Change is the only constant -- Meaning: Life is not a story -- Meditation: Just observe.
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? As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Yuval 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. 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 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.
Twenty one lessons for the twenty first century