The full title for this one is “Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100.” An enjoyable, broad read.
Capitalizing on the runaway success of his last book on the cutting edge of science, Physics of the Impossible, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku has returned with Physics of the Future, a broader treatment on the future of technological innovations and the effects he expects them to have on our world and daily lives in the next hundred years. To give you an idea about the kind of person the theoretical physicist was as a young man, as he recounts early on in the book, he once asked his mother if he could build a 2.3 million electron volt particle accelerator in the garage. To be sure, Kaku certainly doesn’t half-ass anything, and his enthusiasm for the topic of humanity’s future is as palpable as his youthful eagerness, and remarkably all-encompassing to boot. Tackling everything from semiconductors in the post-silicon age, the so-called “singularity” and cold fusion to maglev trains, universal translators and internet contact lenses, Kaku rightly sees the tremendous part technology already plays in our lives and simply extrapolates from that, seeing ever further-reaching changes to be in our immediate future.
Moreover, he views the majority of these changes as being part and parcel of humanity’s eventual transition to a Type 1 Civilization–an astronomical term denoting a civilization’s planet-wide mastery over the resources of its home planet (a Type 2 is solar system-wide, a Type 3, galactic) and by which Kaku means a cohesive, planet-wide society of equals. The notion may seem pie-in-the-sky, but one hundred years ago so did landing on the moon. Not to mention that most of the world’s absolute monarchies, thought once to be eternally vested by God, have vanished from the earth within that same period, drawing us ever closer to an era where people power reigns supreme. It is in this milieu that Kaku casts his divining rod, breaking Physics of the Future up into separate sections tackling computers, artificial intelligence, medicine, nanotech, energy, space travel, wealth, and humanity.
Read the rest here: Spectrum Culture: Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku