In his international bestseller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari described how humans conquered the world thanks to their unique ability to believe in collective myths about gods, money, equality and freedom.
In his new book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Harari examines what might happen to the world when these old myths are coupled with new godlike technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. What will happen to democracy if and when Google and Facebook come to know our likes and our political preferences better than we know them ourselves? What will happen to the welfare state when computers push humans out of the job market and create a massive new “useless class”? How might Islam, Christianity and Judaism handle genetic engineering? Will Silicon Valley end up producing new religions, rather than just novel gadgets?
Harari discusses these questions and the future of humankind with renowned behavioral economist and bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely.
Dan Ariely is the bestselling author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational and a Professor at Duke University.
Despite our intentions, why do we so often fail to act in our own best interest? Why do we promise to skip the chocolate cake, only to find ourselves drooling our way into temptation when the dessert tray rolls around? Why do we overvalue things that we’ve worked to put together? What are the forces that influence our behavior? Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is dedicated to answering these questions and others in order to help people live more sensible — if not rational — lives. His interests span a wide range of behaviors, and his sometimes unusual experiments are consistently interesting, amusing and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom.
In addition to appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Department of Economics, and the School of Medicine at Duke University, Ariely is also a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the author of The New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty. Ariely's latest book — Irrationally Yours, is a collection of his popular Wall Street Journal weekly column. In 2013, he was named by Bloomberg to "Top 50 Most Influential Thinkers". In October 2015, the educational card game Irrational Card Game by Ariely's Irrational Ventures in the goal of teaching the irrational human decision making process to the mass, in a fun and interactive way, the game launched as a Kickstarter project successfully raising $280k within one year.
Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is the author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. He was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1976. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is now a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He specialized in World History, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions: What is the relation between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded?
Prof. Harari also teaches a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled A Brief History of Humankind.
More than 80,000 students from throughout the world have participated in the first run of the course in 2013. The second run began in August 2014, and in its first three weeks 30,000 students joined it.
Prof. Harari twice won the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality, in 2009 and 2012. In 2011 he won the Society for Military History’s Moncado Award for outstanding articles in military history. In 2012 he was elected to the Young Israeli Academy of Sciences.
He has published numerous books and articles, among which are:
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. (London: Harvill Secker, 2014).
Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry, 1100-1550 (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2007);
The Ultimate Experience: Battlefield Revelations and the Making of Modern War Culture, 1450-2000 (Houndmills: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008);
“The Concept of ‘Decisive Battles’ in World History”, The Journal of World History 18:3 (2007), 251-266;
“Military Memoirs: A Historical Overview of the Genre from the Middle Ages to the Late Modern Era”, War in History 14:3 (2007), pp. 289-309.
“Combat Flow: Military, Political and Ethical Dimensions of Subjective Well-Being in War”, Review of General Psychology 12:3 (September, 2008), 2;
and “Armchairs, Coffee and Authority: Eye-witnesses and Flesh-witnesses Speak about War, 1100-2000”, The Journal of Military History 74:1 (January 2010), pp. 53-78.