What happens in a world where we have conquered the traditional ills of pestilence, famine and disease, where technological platforms know us better than we know ourselves?
Yuval Harari has written a provocative book, Homo Deus, which explores technoreligion and what he describes as data-ism.
Harari reckons we might see the rise of all powerful platforms that use their knowledge of us to their advantage (and our cost).
We are already seeing the arrival of such platforms, be it the recommendation systems of Amazon or Netflix or the Facebook newsfeed that responds to our cravings.
But will Harari’s suggestion of dataism come to pass?
It is a fascinating conversation to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee.
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