Evening talk

Monday 19 March 2018


How to understand our times: the future of humanity

Yuval Noah Harari in conversation with Thomas Friedman

In collaboration with how to: Academy we present two of the greatest thought leaders of the 21st century coming together for an urgent conversation about the future of humanity.

In Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari compressed 70,000 years of history into a single book, arguing that one species rose to dominance over all others because shared beliefs enabled collaboration.

In Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, he argued that the centre may be shifting once more, as we transfer our faith in ourselves to the gods of data and the algorithm.

Thomas Friedman has argued that the beginning of this century will be remembered not for conflicts or political events, but for the globalised ‘flattening’ of the world and the explosion of advanced technologies.

The cognitive revolution has already happened. What will our restless and aggressive species do about it?

Yuval Noah Harari

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, which have been published in 40 languages. He is an international speaker, a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times, Nature magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Thomas Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, has won three Pulitzer prizes. He is the author of seven books including The World is Flat (2005). The latest, Thank you For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations 2.0, was updated and released October 24, 2017.

“How To Understand Our Times” is an event series collaboration between The New York Times and how to: Academy.