Author Yuval Noah Harari has been killing it for the last two years with two best selling books. Sapiens followed closely by his even more compelling Homo Deus explore much of the history and some of the future possibilities for humanity.
In Homo Deus Yuval seriously ponders how close to being obsolete unmodified humans are. Do we need to augment ourselves, integrate with AI and modify our DNA? His stories make for high quality conversation around “dataism” that is how if we simply gather enough biometric data and computing power that we will begin to understand ourselves.
Homo Deus summary:
As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers?