Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 (Unabridged)
by Michio Kaku
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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.
Back to school
I was looking for more of a narrative that would bring the future to life. What I got was a thoughtful, scholarly and researched look forward. It was like being back in the classroom for a 15 hour lecture. I don't know about everyone, but for me this book needs to be broken into whatever segments of time you can absorb. You need time to digest what you have heard because Kaku goes back as the lecture moves forward.
Worth more than what they're charging
It would be next to impossible to lay out and organize this vast amount of information, but the author does a fantastic job. Incredibly thought provoking, this book is worth every penny (although you can find it cheaper elsewhere). I'm going to digest the information for a while then go back and listen again. Get it.
Get Michio to read it
I listened to the preview. Sounded very interesting right up until I fell asleep. I've seen Michio Kaku on TV many times; he has such enthusiasm when he speaks that he could make the telephone book sound exciting. Whoever is reading here should get a job as an anesthesiologist; it would save millions a year in drug costs, as he could anesthetize an elephant merely by speaking to it.