Top 10 Quotes from Homo Deus

10) “Modern humanity is sick with FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out – and though we have more choice than ever before, we have lost the ability to really pay attention to whatever we choose” (p 366)

9) “If we invest money in research, then scientific breakthroughs will accelerate technological progress. New technologies will fuel economic growth, and a growing economy will dedicate even more money to research” (p 202)

8) “Knowledge = Experiences x Sensitivity… You cannot experience something if you don’t have the necessary sensitivity, and you cannot develop your sensitivity except by undergoing a long string of experiences” (p 240)

7) “History is often shaped by small groups of forward-looking innovators rather than by the backward-looking masses” (p 271)

6) “In the past, censorship worked by blocking the flow of information. In the twenty first century censorship works by flooding people with irrelevant information” (p 402)

5) “Algorithms won’t revolt and enslave us. Rather, they will be so good at making decisions for us that it would be madness not to follow their advice” (p 339)

4) “Traditionally, life has been divided into two main parts: a period of learning followed by a period of working. Very soon this traditional model will become utterly obsolete, and the only way for humans to stay in the game will be to keep learning throughout their lives and to reinvent themselves repeatedly” (p 331)

3) “A host of tough technical problems still prevent Watson and its ilk from replacing most doctors tomorrow morning. Yet these technical problems – however difficult – need only be solved once” (p 319)

2) “AI is nowhere near human-like existence. But 99 per cent of human qualities and abilities are simply redundant for the performance of most modern jobs. For AI to squeeze humans out of the market it needs only to outperform us in the specific abilities a particular profession demands” (p 326)

1) “The crucial problem isn’t creating new jobs. The crucial problem is creating new jobs that humans perform better than algorithms” (p 331)


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