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“How To Understand Our Times” is an event series collaboration between The New York Times and how to: Academy bringing together New York Times journalists and leading figures in diverse fields to examine pressing issues in a changing world, including gender equality, artificial intelligence, and alternatives to fossil fuels, among others.

Two of the greatest thought leaders of the 21st century come together to discuss the Future of Humanity. Join us for an unmissable conversation between the intellectual titans – Yuval Noah Harari and Thomas L. Friedman.

In Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari compressed 70,000 years of history into a single book, arguing that one species rose to dominance over all others because shared beliefs enabled collaboration.

In Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, he argued that the centre may be shifting once more, as we transfer our faith in ourselves to the gods of data and the algorithm.

Thomas Friedman has argued that the beginning of this century will be remembered not for conflicts or political events, but for the globalised ‘flattening’ of the world and the explosion of advanced technologies.

The cognitive revolution has already happened. What will our restless and aggressive species do about it? Join us for an urgent conversation between two great soothsayers of the age in which we now find ourselves.

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Speakers

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is the bestselling author of “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” and “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow”, which have been published in 40 languages. He is an international speaker, a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times, Nature magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is the bestselling author of “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” and “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow”, which have been published in 40 languages. He is an international speaker, a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times, Nature magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, has won three Pulitzer prizes. He is the author of seven books including “The World is Flat” (2005), the latest, “Thank you For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations 2.0”, was updated and released October 24, 2017.

Thomas L. Friedman, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, has won three Pulitzer prizes. He is the author of seven books including “The World is Flat” (2005), the latest, “Thank you For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations 2.0”, was updated and released October 24, 2017.

Venue

Central Hall Westminster

Storey's Gate London SW1H 9NH