Imagine, if you can, the world in the year 2100.
In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs.
In all likelihood, by 2100 we will control computers via tiny brain sensors and, like magicians, move objects around with the power of our minds. Artificial intelligence will be dispersed throughout the environment, and Internet-enabled contact lenses will allow us to access the world's information base or conjure up any image we desire in the blink of an eye.
Meanwhile, cars will drive themselves using GPS, and if room-temperature superconductors are discovered, vehicles will effortlessly fly on a cushion of air, coasting on powerful magnetic fields and ushering in the age of magnetism.
Using molecular medicine, scientists will be able to grow almost every organ of the body and cure genetic diseases. Millions of tiny DNA sensors and nanoparticles patrolling our blood cells will silently scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, while rapid advances in genetic research will enable us to slow down or maybe even reverse the aging process, allowing human life spans to increase dramatically.
In space, radically new ships—vessels using laser propulsion—could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars.
Kaku also discusses emotional robots, antimatter rockets, X-ray vision, and the ability to create new life-forms, and he considers the development of the world economy.
Synthesizing a vast amount of information to construct an exciting look at the years leading up to 2100, Physics of the Future is a thrilling, wondrous ride through the next 100 years of breathtaking scientific revolution.
©2011 Michio Kaku (P)2011 Random House
"Following in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci and Jules Verne, Kaku, author of a handful of books about science, looks into the not-so-distant future and envisions what the world will look like. It should be an exciting place, with driverless cars, Internet glasses, universal translators, robot surgeons, the resurrection of extinct life forms, designer children, space tourism, a manned mission to Mars, none of which turn out to be as science-fictiony as they sound. In fact, the most exciting thing about the book is the fact that most of the developments Kaku discusses can be directly extrapolated from existing technologies. Robot surgeons and driverless cars, for example, already exist in rudimentary forms. Kaku, a physics professor and one of the originators of the string field theory (an offshoot of the more general string theory), draws on current research to show how, in a very real sense, our future has already been written. The book's lively, user-friendly style should appeal equally to fans of science fiction and popular science." (Booklist)
The future is tomorrow.
Spock "live long and prosper"
I can imagine never getting old.
Read this, it will change you
Michio Kaku is well known for making science books for the masses, in other words he dumbs it down -- however he often dumbs it down to a nearly insulting level. However, happily, I didn't really find that an issue with this book as it more or less just deals with what the future will be like -- and that's why I got it.
I will say for a book that only came out a year ago some of it sounds really dated, basically he describes things like the Google Car and Google Glasses as being in the future, but they're already here. Other things however are so far out there it's hard to believe it will actually happen by 2100, like replicators for example.
I think the read does a good job with the material and hits the appropriate tone.
The book is entertaining even if it's a bit light on science. Also on the Global Warming just quoting controversial UN documents and stating it's indisputable absolutely sounded very very silly. That part of the book is flat out disgraceful. Kaku should have used that section to explain why he believes what he believes and what else might be causing it (cough SUN SPOTS). I'd be interested in hearing about other possibilities as well even if it was only to dispel it. Also pretending like the UN doesn't have a political agenda is silly.
Anyways that part of the book isn't long enough to ruin it by any means.
My score, 4 stars across the board. If you're looking an easy to read book about the future this does a pretty good job.
Fun. Accessible. Cursory.
It was a corny, sappy sum of the previous chapters. Worst part of the book.
Chin manages excitable emphasis on material that might otherwise read a little dry.
This book could have been twice its length and I would have been happier, because then it would have adequately covered some of its material.
While I find it very interesting to think about where science and technology will take us in the future, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned about what is currently being worked on. Kaku covers a very wide range of topics and has given me some great ideas for future reading!
I definately found it hard to put down and ended up losing some sleep because I couldn't stop listening.
The book goes in depth to cover current and future good and bad-it leaves little out. Hang in there, it's worth it.
At times the book challenges with the darker side of the human condition. Ultimately, the message is an optimistic one. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Learned something new.
Any other Michio Kaku book.
Yes. Quite comparable.
Yes. The importance of technology now and in the future.
If you have listened to his other books he pretty much copied and pasted his life story. It took an hour or two before you actually got to anything new that you have not heard before. It took too long to get to the good topics. However the author is very incite-full.
When Kaku writes about physics, he is a master of making the complicated understandable. When he writes about technology, he presents material well. But when he writes about the social implications of science and technology, he is much less interesting, convincing, and knowledgeable.
Relying as he does on a popular, but inaccurate, understanding of capitalism, Kaku's predictions about the future of political economy is weak. This shortcoming notwithstanding, the book is still pretty interesting,
Fasinating, informative and thought provoking.
The research and experiences the author has had to actually witnessing some of the very technologies he predicts will become integrated into our future.
The aspects of technology which scientists can't overcome. This is where the devine is at work.
The author's research, knowledge and experiences are fascinating as he guides you through his predictions and explanations about existing and emerging technologies from robotics, artificial intelligence, self controlled automobiles; genetic sequencing and nanotechnology. I have enjoyed the narrator as I am sure it is the author himself.
Captivating and inspiring. He gives a wonderful vision of tomorrows future and the technologies to come.
I have lost all respect for Michio Kaku as a scientist after reading this book. It is just a rehash of press releases from inventors of new technologies that exist today and makes no real attempt at predictions. He makes no legitimate predictions about the future other than the next step for the existing technologies he describes. He talks about the exponential growth of technology but every page makes it clear that he is thinking completely linearly. This book is about the next 5 years, maybe 10, but not the next 100. The predictions he does make, like the end of Moore's law totally misses that fact that new technologies are already being developed to replace silicon and end Moore's law with a new computing paradigm that will have a similar law for the growth of computing power. Save your money and time and don't listen to a word Michio Kaku says. He has no idea what he is talking about.
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