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21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari


Technology. The future. AI. Harari covers it all. Goes into detail how in today’s world computers and algorithms are already beginning to function as clients in addition to being producers. Similarly with advertising. Businesses now, the most important customer is the algorithm. When people design web pages, they often cater to the taste of Google search algorithm rather than to the taste of any human being. This, he says is a potential danger of mass unemployment with shift from humans to algorithms, and open rise to digital dictatorships. He covers all the topics – technological challenges; political challenges… the despair, hope, truth, and resilience needed. He wants us to consider personal engagement, values in a world of uncertainty and massive growth. Many of these complex challenges are alarming and will wake you up.

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