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Bill Gates (CEO/Microsoft)Harari’s new book is as challenging and readable as Sapiens. Rather than looking back, as Sapiens does, it looks to the future. I don’t agree with everything the author has to say, but he has written a thoughtful look at what may be in store for humanity.
Dominic Barton (CEO/McKinsey)Dominic Barton, the global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, has gotten into Harari’s new book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, which explores the future of human evolution, and a world we've conquered famine and death.
Iqbal Ameer (Co-Founder/Livescape Group)There’s this book by Yuval Noah Harari called Homo Deus. A close friend of mine gave it to me as a gift and it gave me a glimpse of the future. The book made me believe that we can chart our own future and that everything around us is constantly changing and if we don't change with it, we will fail; and this works for both business and life in general.
Richard Branson (Founder/Virgin Group)I certainly wouldn’t consider myself a big reader of paleontology or anthropology – not good words for us dyslexics! – but I enjoy learning about how society has unfolded and history has developed in an exciting, easy to read way. The sequel, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, is a fascinating look into the future too. While these aren’t traditional business or leadership books, they are all about people – and learning how to work with, live with, interact with people and get the best out of them is what leadership is all about.
Vinod Khosla (Co-Founder/Sun Microsystem)Not that I agree with all of it, but it is still mind-bending speculation about our future as a follow-up to a previous favorite, Sapiens. It’s directionally right.
Marvin Liao (Partner/500 Startups)I tend to jump from book to book and may switch if I am interested in some new topic. This is a pleasure for me (which I also do benefit work wise from too). It’s quite a random list because I have eclectic interests (or just scatterbrained most likely) on tech business, AI, general global economy, geopolitics, rising Biotech economy & history. I'm basically 15% to 50% into all these books.
Jeff Tan (Peak Performance Pilot/REV Inspires)
I’m reading 3 books now and it really depends on my mood.
- (1) Homo Deus by Yuval Harari
- (2) The Influential Mind by Tali Sharot (re-reading it) and
- (3) Hooked by Nir Eyal.
What do I expect to gain? With the 2nd and 3rd books, it’s to reinforce stuff I already know and both also point out useful tips for my business. The first is just a fascinating read about human nature and it’s purely for pleasure.
Matthieu David-Experton (CEO & Founder/Daxue Consulting)When asked about the books he is currently reading, Matthieu replied: "Homo Deus, as I read several books on what could happen in the future."
Louis Grenier (Podcaster in Chief/Everyone Hates Marketers)You need to read “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus” by the same author, about the story of humankind and why we are who we are, which is a fantastic read. I think as a marketer, if you don’t understand people and if you don’t understand where we’re coming from, it’s going to be very difficult for you to break away from the crowd,
Bryan Callen (Co-Host/The Fighter and the Kid)Another book, Homo Deus. He talks about where we’re heading technologically and he’s really done the research, really looking honestly medical research, what to expect the next 30 years. [...] Not only are we gonna’ live much longer if you have the money, but the real question he ends the book in a way is “we have to decide as human beings, for the first time in history we can control our own revolution. We have to ask ourselves what we wanna become.” That’s a really big responsibility. What do you wanna become? Because that question can be answered, we have the technology to answer that question. And it can get silly when we can splice our genes with a lion or with a gorilla, but more importantly we’ll be able to splice our genes with synthetic biology. That’s a very big question.
Aidan Connolly (CEO/Caithus)Many books have changed my view of the world, even when I don’t agree with everything an author says. I have enjoyed Yuval Noah Harari’s books Sapiens & Homo Deus and how humanity might evolve in the presence of AI, Robots and super humans.
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.
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