Summar of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Noah Yuval Harari
Another book by Noah Yuval Harari, the acclaimed author of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow and Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. This time he focuses on the present time and the problems and issues we’re facing (terrorism, fake news and immigration) and offers some solutions. 21 chapters/lessons are organised into five categories: The Technological Challenge, The Political Challenge, Despair and Hope, Truth and, finally and Resilience — Noah tips on how to navigate the future we face – with the power of clarity.
“No remaining human job will ever be safe from the threat of future automation.”
“Once AI makes better decisions than us about careers and perhaps even relationships, our concept of humanity and of life will have to change.”
“By 2100, the richest one per cent might own not merely most of the world’s wealth, but also most of the world’s beauty, creativity and health.”
“The most up-to-date nuclear missiles and cyber bombs might well be employed to settle a doctrinal argument about medieval texts.”
“Humans have always lived in the age of post-truth. Homo sapiens is a post-truth species, whose power depends on creating and believing fictions.”
“Your core identity is a complex illusion created by neural networks.” We make decisions through feelings but these feelings do not amount to any kind of free will. “Rather, feelings are biochemical mechanisms… algorithms honed through millions of years of evolution.” In other words, we have no authentic self.
“How do you live in an age of bewilderment, when the old stories have collapsed, and no new story has yet emerged to replace them?” Noah suggests meditating as a way of a making sense of our lives (he mediates for couple for hours daily).
“Clarity is power” Mediate to get more clarity. “Mediation is not an escape from reality. It is getting in touch with reality.”