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The Chilling Future of Humanity: Professor Yuval Noah Harari, the author of two seminal books…

The Chilling Future of Humanity:
Professor Yuval Noah Harari, the author of two seminal books “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” and “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow”, discusses the grim future of humanity.
The following is the synopsis of the Guardian report:
1) By creating AI, humanity will summon a demon.
2) Emergence of eternally useless and unemployable human beings.
3) Knowledge earned in universities will be obsolete within a short span of time.
4) Replacement of humans with machines will not be the only problem. Political and economic systems will stop attaching moral value to humans.
5) People will be fed by states through universal basic income.
6) Life satisfaction and meaning will be a rare commodity.
7) New versions of religions and immersive virtual reality might help humans cope with their meaningless lives.
8) Humans, as we define them today, will eventually cease to exist.

I think humans have always suffered from existential anxiety. If true, Professor Harari's book makes the case that ever advancing technology will make it worse. I look at the American opioid epidemic as a crisis of 'spiritual' malaise (a crisis of being) more than as a desire to get high. Humans have always had escapism. The future has created more escapism. Some of it anti-social in nature.


We've been witnessing a gradual, and now more rapid, disconnect between humans and meaningful work for quite some time. For every solid study showing that this is detrimental to individuals as well as societies, there are multiple people spewing bs that we've gone soft and should take a more pragmatic approach to the idea of work. I see wisdom on both sides, but I'm not sure how we can escape the natural end of commodifying humans and reducing life's purpose to economy. It's like insisting 2+2 can equal anything we wish.


@Erica I see a lot of our current dysfunction as people having lost their sense of meaning that a 'good job' once provided. Now all that's left is the fumes of nostalgia and a lot of misplaced resentment.