Are their creators oblivious to the environmental ramifications of their work? If so, we are in danger from science getting out of control.
But it will take a more sophisticated book than this one to address our fears. Physics of the Future will be very easy for pessimists to dismiss.
For those who can put their anxieties aside, though, there are rewards. Kaku writes very well about exponential thinking. In the mid-Nineties, for example, he delivered a keynote address at a conference in Frankfurt, predicting that by , everyone would have a CD-ROM with their genome recorded on it.
The one irk I had was he has a very optimistic view of humanity and all these breakthroughs will be for the good of the people. A spokesman for Physics. Preview — Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku. Nanotech sensors in a room will check for various diseases and cancer, nanobots will be able to inject drugs into individual cells when diseases are found, and advancements in extracting stem cells will be manifest in the art of growing new organs. Refresh and try again. To ask other readers questions about Physics of the Future , please sign up. And no DARwin?
But Kaku had a long-term trend in the history of computing hardware on his side. For as long as computers have been around, a dollar buys twice as much computing power as it did two years ago.
Spinning I-told-you-so stories from exponential thinking is easy. Three hundred interviews with leading scientists and engineers went into this book. Still, Physics of the Future has an old-fashioned flavour.
Physics of the Future works best as a homage to that book, that time, and that us-against-the-world vision of technology. Terms and Conditions.
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Saturday 21 September Renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku details the developments in computer technology, artificial intelligence, medicine, space travel, and more, that are poised to happen over the next hundred years. He also considers how these inventions will affect the world economy, addressing the key questions: Who will have jobs?
Which nations will prosper? He also takes into account the rigorous scientific principles that regulate how quickly, how safely, and how far technologies can advance.
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