Homo Sapiens A Brief History was more of a pop culture summary of humans so far. But the Homo Deus by Yuval Harari is a different beast. It is more interesting, although with the same sweeping generalisations. It feels closer, more insightful, also in parts because I read it without the 20:20 hindsight that accompanies the books on history. This one is about future. And not necessarily a glorious future that awaits humans. It’s about the future where algorithms are going to rule.
In the twenty-first century we might witness the creation of a massive new unworking class: people devoid of any economic, political or even artistic value, who contribute nothing to the prosperity, power and glory of society. This ‘useless class’ will not be merely unemployed – it will be unemployable.