Viewpoint: Is inequality about to get unimaginably worse? - BBC News

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Could advances in technology, genetics and artificial intelligence lead to a world in which economic inequality turns into biological inequality? asks the historian and writer Yuval Noah Harari. Hunter-gatherers were more equal than subsequent societies. They had very little property, and property is a pre-requisite for long-term inequality. In the 19th and 20th Centuries, however, something changed. Equality became a dominant value in human culture, almost all over the world.


Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history?

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Inequality goes back to the Stone Age. Thirty thousand years ago, bands of hunter-gatherers in Russia buried some members in sumptuous graves replete with thousands of ivory beads, bracelets, jewels and art objects, while other members had to settle for a bare hole in the ground. Nevertheless, ancient hunter-gatherer groups were still more egalitarian than any subsequent human society, because they had very little property. Property is a pre-requisite for long-term inequality. Following the agricultural revolution, property multiplied and with it inequality.


Upgrading humans will be a 'billion dollar industry'

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The next billion dollar industry will not be a service or product – it will be upgrading humans, an expert has revealed. It has been suggested that humans will have access to technology that will allow them to'upgrade themselves into gods'. Bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari has also warned that because not everyone will be able to experience the upgrade, due to costs, there will be a divide that could spark'old racist ideologies' - but this time, differences will be'engineered and manufactured'. The next billion dollar industry will not be a service or product – it will be upgrading humans, an expert has revealed. It has been suggested that technology will let humans'upgrade themselves into gods', but since the process will be costly, not everyone will have the ability to do so'The greatest industry of the 21st century will probably be to upgrade human beings,' Harari, who explores bleak future of humanity and'the rise of the useless class' in his novel Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, told Jeremy Olshan with MarketWatch.


Big data is reshaping humanity, says Yuval Noah Harari

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Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. YUVAL NOAH HARARI may be the first global public intellectual to be native to the 21st century. Where other authors are carpetbaggers, hauling their 20th-century thinking into the new millennium, Mr Harari is its local boy done good. He comes with all the accoutrements of the modern pop thinker: a posh education (Oxford, followed by a teaching gig at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem), two bestsellers and the obligatory TED talk. And he is armed with a big idea: that human beings will change more in the next hundred years than they have in all of their previous existence.


Artificial intelligence will create a 'useless class' of humans as machines take over, historian warns

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The rise of artificial intelligence could have a more anticlimactic outcome than most doomsday films would have you expect. Rather than being violently wiped out by robotic beings, humankind may become'eternally useless' due to the increasing capabilities of AI. This is according to bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari, who explores bleak future of humanity and'the rise of the useless class' in his upcoming novel Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. The rise of artificial intelligence could have a more anticlimactic outcome than most doomsday films would have you expect. Rather than being violently wiped out by robotic beings, the increasing capabilities of AI may instead render humankind'eternally useless.'