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Yuval Noah Harari

Author

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

POSITION

Author

COMPANY

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

COUNTRY

Israel

AGE

48 years

Website

Yuval Harari - Official Website

SCENE

Social

SOCIAL

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What makes Yuval Noah Harari a Global Shaker?

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian and the author of the international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014) and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016). His writings examine free will, consciousness and intelligence.

Harari’s early publications are concerned with what he describes as the “cognitive revolution” occurring roughly 50,000 years ago when Homo sapiens supplanted the rival Neanderthals, developed language skills and structured societies, and ascended as apex predators.

In a 2017 article Harari has argued that through continuing technological progress and advances in the field of artificial intelligence, “by 2050 a new class of people might emerge – the useless class. People who are not just unemployed, but unemployable.” He put forward the case that dealing with this new social class economically, socially and politically will be a central challenge for humanity in the coming decades.

Harari is a vegan and says this resulted from his research, including his view that the foundation of the dairy industry is the breaking of the bond between the mother cow and calf. As of September 2017, he does not have a smartphone.

 

Last updated: May 29, 2019