This book was a good listen, but it was a little too political and anti-religious for my taste. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the offer, but I do feel some of his assumptions or ideas may not come to full fruition. Hopefully we can get away from loyal like he says in the next hundred years. Overall worth downloading and listen to.
Loved this book along with all of his other books. Dr Michio Kaku is an amazing book writer amongst other things. Would listen to this and all of his other books time and time again!
This book is a fantastic run through the fringes of modern science. Part imagination part real science, he takes you step by step into the word of tomorrow. A great read for any science minded day dreamers.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
I think this would be a fantastic book for people who are interested in the future and science generally, but who do not follow future trends very closely. For someone like myself, who reads a ton of science fiction, reads scientific magazines and watches lots of science documentaries, there was not a lot of stuff in here that I didn’t already know.
[I listened to this as an audio book performed by Feodor Chin. The narrator did a very good job, although I did speed up the audio to 1.25 speed because I found it a bit slow going.]
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist at City College of New York. He has appeared on television many times and writes extensively about future inventions and their consequence in “Physics of the Future”. Kaku’s futurist perspective is based on what is happening in physics today. He extrapolated from today’s science to tomorrow’s probability. Kaku believes that all reality, yesterday's, today's, and tomorrow's, is dictated by quantum physics. At a molecular level, quantum physics experimentally confirms all reality is a matter of probability; not certainty.
Before leaving individual predictions, Kaku explains the Kardashev scale of civilization to contextualize the state of the world. The Kardashev scale begins at 0 and rises to Type V. Today’s world is estimated to be at .7, less than 1. Coincidentally, getting to 1 is the most dangerous level to achieve, without catastrophe. Level 1 presumes fusion power is available on a large-scale; antimatter is available in large quantities, and fossil fuels become an abandoned source of energy.
Getting from .7 to 1 on the Kardashev scale is fraught with human potential for world destruction. Great social upheavals will occur with the evolution of energy use. Some nations will be threatened by the change. Jobs will be at risk; nation’s economies will be overwhelmed by need for change. Purpose in life will be questioned. Social structure will be challenged by new measures of status. Civilizations will either embrace or reject cooperation among nations.
Kaku summarizes his view of the future by reflecting on a future husband’s and wife’s benefits from extraordinary scientific discoveries. Kaku opts for a utopian transition of civilization that reaches level 1 on the Kardashev scale, within 100 years.
And so–Kierkekaardian’ fear and trembling stream through Kaku’s vision of the future because many of his predictions could as easily steer mankind to an end as a beginning.