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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Answer Due

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari




- Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018)

According to the author, we are at a junction. The various ideologies of economics and religion are breaking under the strain of advances. But if there is such a thing as human self-determination, individualism, or identity, it could be erased by coming improvements in artificial intelligence algorithms more expert at controlling us than we are at controlling ourselves. While philosophers have mused about the meaning of life for millennia, the answer is coming due.