I recently read a review about a book titled: “Physics of the Future” by Michio Kaku, Ph.D., released in February of 2012. Kaku is a professor of physics at the City College of New York. The book interested me because the author makes prophesies about technology and he is also a theoretical physicist. What captured me was his comment: “Human are born with the curiosity of scientists but switch to investment banking.” I started scanning his articles and web site for more information and found that he has written a series of books: “Parallel Worlds” and “Einstein’s Cosmos.” The Discovery Channel will be producing a ten series program on his bestselling book “Physics of the Future” and he has appeared in BBC series on: “In Search of Time.”
Some of Dr. Kaku’s predictions:
We will have driverless cars, Internet glasses (glasses/lenses which allow you to download from the internet), universal translators, synthetic organs, robot surgeons, and the resurrection of extinct life forms, designer children, space tourism, and a manned mission to Mars. As we are aware, every 18 months computer power doubles (Moore’s Law) in eight years, according to Professor Kaku, the cost of one chip will be a penny. Instead of having one chip in our computer, we will have millions of chips in our cars, appliances, clothes.
Does most of this sound familiar? Use of hand held language translators is advertised by the cell phone companies. Robotic surgery and driverless cars already exist in some form. Many of these developments are already in the works and can be developed from existing research and technology. Professor Kaku is drawing on current research and our future is there if we can reach it. He believes human beings want to understand the sciences and technology but then we hit the years where the lack of good teachers and no inspiration turns people to banking. How can education help students to want to learn? Many students are intimidated by science and technology. His biggest concern is that the U.S. will fall behind these technical changes and lose our technological edge. Even though our high schools graduate students lacking in math and science skills, by the time they hit college, then that’s when they begin to accelerate. Our students are our future. Scientists and engineers can change the world.