Michio Kaku


American Futurist, Theoretical Physicist, Popularizer of Science, Author, Henry Semat Chair and Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York

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The Earth will eventually die in flames as it is consumed by the sun. This is a law of physics.

The next milestone in the history of AI: applying a reverse engineer the human brain.

The word robot comes from the 1920 Czech play R.U.R. by playwright Karel Capek (robot means drudgery in the Czech language and labor in Slovak).

A New Look at the Legacy of Albert Einstein Genius. Absent-minded professor. The father of relativity. The mythical figure of Albert Einstein?hair flaming in the wind, sockless, wearing an oversized sweatshirt, puffing on his pipe, oblivious to his surroundings?is etched indelibly on our minds. A pop icon on a par with Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, he stares enigmatically from postcards, magazine covers, T-shirts, and larger-than-life posters. A Beverly Hills agent markets his image for television commercials. He would have hated it all, writes biographer Denis Brian. Einstein is among the greatest scientists of all time, a towering figure who ranks alongside Isaac Newton for his contributions. Not surprisingly, Time magazine voted him the Person of the Century. Many historians have placed him among the hundred most influential people of the last thousand years.

As Heinz Pagels has said, ?The challenge to our civilization which has come from our knowledge of the cosmic energies that fuels the stars, the movement of light and electrons through matter, the intricate molecular order which is the biological basis of life, must be met by the creation of a moral and political order which will accommodate these forces or we shall be destroyed. It will try our deepest resources of reason and compassion.?

Common sense has no place in Quantum Mechanics.

Experiments have shown that the proton lifetime is truly astronomical, much longer than the lifetime of the universe.

Future Of Humanity - Planetary Civilization: In mythology, the gods lived in the divine splendor of heaven, far above the insignificant affairs of mere mortals. The Greek gods frolicked in the heavenly domain of Mount Olympus, while the Norse gods who fought for honor and eternal glory would feast in the hallowed halls of Valhalla with the spirits of fallen warriors. But if our destiny is to attain the power of the gods by the end of the century, what will our civilization look like in 2100? Where is all this technological innovation taking our civilization? All the technological revolutions described here are leading to a single point: the creation of a planetary civilization. This transition is perhaps the greatest in human history. In fact, the people living today are the most important ever to walk the surface of the planet, since they will determine whether we attain this goal or descend into chaos. Perhaps 5,000 generations of humans have walked the surface of the earth since we first emerged in Africa about 100,000 years ago, and of them, the ones living in this century will ultimately determine our fate. Unless there is a natural catastrophe or some calamitous act of folly, it is inevitable that we will enter this phase of our collective history. We can see this most clearly by analyzing the history of energy.

I believe we exist in a multiverse of universes.

I think Newton would be the greatest scientist who ever lived.

In 2009, Markram said optimistically, It is not impossible to build a human brain and we can do it in ten years. If we build it correctly, it should speak and have an intelligence and behave very much as a human does. He cautions, however, that it would take a supercomputer 20,000 times more powerful than present supercomputers, with a memory storage 500 times the entire size of the current Internet, to achieve this.

In the 1950s, we had all these B-grade science-fiction movies. The point was to scare the public and get them to buy popcorn. No attempt was made to create movies that were somewhat inherent to the truth.

It seems that the one characteristic most closely correlated with success in life, which has persisted over the decades, is the ability to delay gratification.

Margaret Geller, a professor at Harvard University, said, I guess my view of life is that you live your life and it?s short. The thing is to have as rich an experience as you possibly can. That?s what I?m trying to do. I?m trying to do something creative. I try to educate people.

No robot on Earth can understand a simple children's story that is read to it.

Our grandkids will lead the lives of the gods of mythology. Zeus could think and move objects around. We'll have that power. Venus had a perfect, timeless body. We'll have that, too. Pegasus was a flying horse. We'll be able to modify life in the future.

Science is no doubt that the two sides of a sharp sword; creates problems as many times as resolving, and has created every problem is always more difficult than the last.

Something as superfluous as play is also an essential feature of our consciousness. If you ask children why they like to play, they will say, Because it's fun. But that invites the next question: What is fun? Actually, when children play, they are often trying to reenact complex human interactions in simplified form. Human society is extremely sophisticated, much too involved for the developing brains of young children, so children run simplified simulations of adult society, playing games such as doctor, cops and robber, and school. Each game is a model that allows children to experiment with a small segment of adult behavior and then run simulations into the future. (Similarly, when adults engage in play, such as a game of poker, the brain constantly creates a model of what cards the various players possess, and then projects that model into the future, using previous data about people's personality, ability to bluff, etc. The key to games like chess, cards, and gambling is the ability to simulate the future. Animals, which live largely in the present, are not as good at games as humans are, especially if they involve planning. Infant mammals do engage in a form of play, but this is more for exercise, testing one another, practicing future battles, and establishing the coming social pecking order rather than simulating the future.)

The energy necessary to create a wormhole or to wrap time into nuts is incredible. It's not for us. It's maybe for our descendants who have mastered the energy of this technology. So if one day, somebody knocks on your door and claims to be your great great great great granddaughter, don't slam the door.

The object of the multimillion dollar Human Connectome Project is to map every neural pathway the brain, to have a complete blueprint of every neural connection. This may mean we will eventually have Brain 2.0, i.e. a chip containing every pathway of our brain. In this case, the question is: Can the mind exist independent of the body? Indeed, can the mind become immortal? This a favorite theme in Hollywood (see the latest Superman movie, where Superman?s father does not die on Krypton, but lives on as a conscious holographic computer program). One day, we might have something similar, a computer program that simulates the consciousness of loved ones who have passed away. But does this mean that we are immortal? Probably not. It will probably be clear that the loved one is deceased, and that the program you are talking to is only a very good simulation of that person. We may take comfort in talking to a simulation that is remarkably real, but we will know that it is a simulation.

The yeoman?s work in any science, and especially physics, is done by the experimentalist, who must keep the theoreticians honest.

A piece of enriched uranium no bigger than a baseball is enough to incinerate an entire city in a fiery ball-even though only 1 percent of its mass has been converted to energy.

As in the movie The Matrix, we might one day be able to download memories and skills using computers.

Consciousness is the process of creating a model of the world using multiple feedback loops in various parameters (e.g., in temperature, space, time, and in relation to others), in order to accomplish a goal (e.g., find mates, food, shelter). I call this the space-time theory of consciousness.

Fifth is Q, the amplitude of the irregularities in the cosmic microwave background, which equals 10.

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American Futurist, Theoretical Physicist, Popularizer of Science, Author, Henry Semat Chair and Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York