Harari's world history: Evolution toward intelligence without consciousness?

David E. Nye*

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    Yuval Noah Harari’s three books, Sapiens: A Brief History of Hu-mankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, propose a sweeping world history that takes an externalist view of technology, minimizing the importance of cultural difference and individual free will. His deterministic narrative argues that a single world culture is emerging and that artificial intelligence inevitably will replace human consciousness. In this story, technology is increasingly powerful, while inventors, entrepreneurs, and consumers have little influence over events. A far more convincing popular overview based on a more contextual approach could be constructed based on research on technology and culture that Harari disregards.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTechnology and Culture
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)1219-1228
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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