Author: Elizabeth Segran
Since the industrial revolution, humans have manipulated our environment so irresponsibly that we are on the verge of a major climate-related disaster. It should serve as a warning about what human beings could do to themselves—the human species—if we aren’t careful with the technologies we’re conjuring up, says Yuval Noah Harari, a professor of history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
At his keynote address at the Fast Company European Innovation Festival at the Gucci Hub in Milan, Harari described a vision of the future where humans and machines become one. While that seems like the plot of a sci-fi movie, Harari says it’s a reality that is not so far away. Technology companies—from Apple to Facebook to Google—have created smartphones and an online reality where we already spend most of our time.
“It’s increasingly hard to tell where I end and where the computer begins,” Harari says. “In the future, it is likely that the smartphone will not be separated from you at all. It may be embedded in your body or brain, constantly scanning your biometric data and your emotions.”
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