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Transcript: Homo Deus: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOMORROW with Yuval Noah Harari

This is the full text and audio of a conversation with Yuval Noah Harari titled ‘Homo Deus: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOMORROW’. In this conversation, Harari looks to the future, exploring how godlike technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering will define what we become. This event happened on 27 February 2017.

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Introducing Speaker: Thank you, it’s a honor and a daunting privilege to introduce Professor Yuval Harari. Dr. Harari is a lecturer at the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002. He is a best-selling author, he was the author of “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”, that was number one in The New York Times Best Seller and just recently, appearing “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow”. He’s won numerous awards including twice the Polonsky Prize for creativity and originality in 2009, and 2012 and numerous other books and really notable honors.

Oftentimes, when we think about historians, we imagine them focusing on some very narrow topic, some particular era, some 20 years, some particular author, some particular battle, something of that sort. My apologies to historians in the audience who I may have insulted, but this is sort of our stereotype.

But Professor Harari is exactly the opposite of that sort of narrow perspective. He has demonstrated a remarkable capacity to ask really, really big questions and to contextualize them in a truly daunting manner. He asks questions such as, how do we get from being an insignificant species, that he compares to being no more impactful than jellyfish or woodpeckers to as recently as 70,000 years ago, to dominating the globe the way no species has ever done?

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