Yuval Noah Harari — Nexus: A Brief History of Information Networks from the Stone Age to AI - with Nicholas Thompson — at Lincoln Theatre

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Monday, September 16, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Yuval Noah Harari has a brilliant and unique ability to take his extensive knowledge of world history and present broad, accessible, and helpful understandings of humanity. Harari’s next book, NEXUS, looks to better understand our current information revolution, exploring what new technologies have in store for us. 

For the last 100,000 years, we Sapiens have accumulated enormous power. But despite all our discoveries, inventions, and conquests, we now find ourselves in an existential crisis. The world is on the verge of ecological collapse, misinformation abounds, and we are rushing headlong into the age of AI—a new information network that threatens to annihilate us. For all that we have accomplished, why are we so self-destructive? 

Nexus looks through the long lens of human history to consider how the flow of information has shaped us and our world. Taking us from the Stone Age, through the canonization of the Bible, early modern witch-hunts, Stalinism, Nazism, and the resurgence of populism today, Harari asks us to consider the complex relationship between information and truth. He explores how different societies and political systems throughout history have wielded information to achieve their goals, for good and ill, and addresses the urgent choices we face as non-human intelligence threatens our very existence. 

Professor Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and the series Sapiens: A Graphic History and Unstoppable Us. He is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals working today. Born in Israel in 1976, Harari received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2002. He is currently a lecturer at the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. Harari co-founded the social impact company Sapienship, focused on education and storytelling, with his husband, Itzik Yahav. 

Harari will be in conversation with Nicholas Thompson. Nicholas Thompson is the CEO of The Atlantic, a position he has held since 2021.During that time, the publication has won three National Magazine Awards for GeneralExcellence, three Pulitzer Prizes, and been named Digiday's Publisher of the Year. Ithas grown revenue by 84%, while reaching the highest level of subscribers in its 167-year history. Thompson is also the former editor-in-chief of WIRED, where he built successful subscription and affiliate revenue businesses. While at WIRED he also wrote and edited multiple stories that were cited in front of Congress and one that was turned into an Academy Award winning film. Another of his stories was recently turned into the second highest grossing documentary of all time on HBO Max.

Thompson is a former contributor for CBS News and a cofounder of The Atavist, a multimedia CMS that was sold to WordPress, and Speakeasy.ai, which was sold to Amplica Labs. He previously served as editor of NewYorker.com. He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member at The National Committee on American Foreign Policy, the author of "The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War," and a former contributor to CNN and CBS  News. He films a daily video on tech policy for Linkedin and has roughly two million followers across social media platforms. Thompson has long been a competitive runner; in 2021, he set the American record for men 45+ in the 50K race. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford where he earned degrees in Earth Systems, Political Science, and Economics.

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ISBN: 9780593734223
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Published: Random House - September 10th, 2024