If you want to fully understand the impact that social and digital media is having on our lives then read this article.

Yuval Noah Harari is well known already for Sapiens, and Homo Deus, books that examine the past and the future of the human species.

Now he turns his attention to the impact of technology on humanity in the here and now. The paragraph that I've highlighted below is the best summary that I've read on the challenges facing us today.

Scientists have been able to predict our thoughts before we know them for some time using the latest brain scanning equipment.

But now social media platforms, news agencies and politicians are exploiting our deeply connected digital lives to shape our thoughts and behaviour.

Is freewill dead. Is liberalism over? I'm looking forward to reading Harari's new book, although I'm not sure I'll be smiling at the end of it.