Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (68 page)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 21, 24, 31

Urban II, Pope 227–8

Uruk 156–7

Valla, Lorenzo 192

Valle Giulia, Battle of, 1968 263

vampire bats 204–5

Vedas 170, 181, 270

Vietnam War, 1954–75 57, 244, 264,

virtual-reality worlds 326–7

VITAL 322–3

golden record 258–9

Waal, Frans de 140–1

Walter, Jean-Jacques:
Gustav Adolph of Sweden at the Battle of Breitenfeld
(1631) 242, 243, 244–5

war 1–3, 14–19; humanism and narratives of 241–6,
, 253–6

Warsaw Pact 264–5

Watson (artificial intelligence system) 315–17,
, 330

Watson, John 88–9, 90

Waze 341–2

web of meaning 143–9

WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialised, rich and democratic) countries, psychology research focus on 354–5, 359, 360

West Africa: Ebola and 11, 13, 203

‘What Is It Like to Be a Bat?’ (Nagel) 357

White House lawn 62,
, 63

Wilson, Woodrow 309

Wojcicki, Anne 336

World Cup Final, 2014 36, 37,

World Food Conference, Rome, 1974 5

World Health Organization 10, 11, 13

writing: algorithmic organisation of societies and 160–3; invention of 157–60, 379; shaping reality through 163–77

Yersinia pestis

Zeus 47, 144–5, 176

About the Author

has a PhD in history from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His first book,
, was translated into twenty-six languages and became a bestseller in the US, UK, France, China, Korea, and numerous other countries. In 2010 he became president of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in London.

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First published as
The History of Tomorrow
in Hebrew in Israel in 2015 by Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir.

Previously published in Great Britain in 2016 by Harvill Secker, a division of Penguin Random House Group Ltd.

ISBN: 978-0-06-246431-6 (International Edition)

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