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Michio Kaku: 3 mind-blowing predictions about the future
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Carl Sagan believed humanity needed to become a multi-planet species as an insurance policy against the next huge catastrophe on Earth. Now, Elon Musk is working to see that mission through, starting with a colony of a million humans on Mars. Where will our species go next?

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku looks decades into the future and makes three bold predictions about human space travel, the potential of ‘brain net’, and our coming victory over cancer.

“[I]n the future, the word ‘tumor’ will disappear from the English language,” says Kaku. “We will have years of warning that there is a colony of cancer cells growing in our body. And our descendants will wonder: How could we fear cancer so much?”
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MICHIO KAKU:

Dr. Michio Kaku is the co-founder of string field theory, and is one of the most widely recognized scientists in the world today. He has written 4 New York Times Best Sellers, is the science correspondent for CBS This Morning and has hosted numerous science specials for BBC-TV, the Discovery/Science Channel. His radio show broadcasts to 100 radio stations every week. Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York (CUNY), where he has taught for over 25 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study as well as New York University (NYU).

Read Michio Kaku’s latest book “The Future of Humanity: Our Destiny in the Universe” at
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MICHIO KAKU: We are entering what I call the next golden era of space exploration. We have not just new energy and new financing and money coming from Silicon Valley, we also have a new vision emerging. For Elon Musk of SpaceX it’s to create a multi-planet species. However, for Jeff Bezos of Amazon, he wants to make Earth into a park so that all the heavy industries, all the pollution, goes into outer space. And Jeff Bezos wants to set an Amazon-type delivery system connecting the earth to the moon. And so he wants to lift all the heavy industries off the planet Earth to make Earth a paradise and to put all the heavy industries in outer space.

Now, I once talked to Carl Sagan and he said that because the earth is in the middle of a shooting gallery of asteroids and comets and meteors, it’s inevitable that we will be hit with a planet buster. Something like what hit the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago, we need an insurance policy. Now, he was clear to say that we’re not talking about moving the population of the earth into outer space—that costs too much money. And we have problems of our own on the earth like global warming. We have to deal with those problems on the earth not flee to outer space. But as an insurance policy, we have to make sure that humans become a two-planet species. These are the words of Carl Sagan.

And now, of course, Elon Musk has revived this vision by talking about a multi-planet species. He wants to put up to a million colonists on the planet Mars, sent to Mars by his rockets financed by a combination of public and private funding, including fusion rockets, ramjet fusion rockets, including anti-matter rockets. Some of these rockets, of course, their technologies won’t be available till the next 100 years. However, the laws of physics make it possible to send postage-stamp-size chips to the nearby stars. So think of a chip, perhaps this big, on a parachute and have thousands of them sent into outer space energized by perhaps 800 megawatts of laser power. By shooting this gigantic bank of laser energy into outer space, by energizing all these mini-parachutes you could then begin to accelerate them to about 20% the speed of light. This is with doable technology today. It’s just a question of engineering. It’s a question of political will and economics but there’s no physics, there’s no law of physics preventing you from shooting these chips to 20% the speed of light. That means Proxima Centauri, part of the Alpha Centauri triple star system, could be within the range of such a device. Now think about that. That means that within 20 years, after 20 years of launch, we might be able to have the first starship go to a nearby planet. And it turns out that Proxima Centauri B is an Earth-like planet that circles around the closest star to the planet Earth—what a coincidence. So it means that we’ve already staked out our first destination for visitation by an interstellar starship. And that…

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What's your prediction for the future of humanity?

Kei Kurooka
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Kei Kurooka

BS

Butch Zamora
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Butch Zamora

The chip scenario with 20% speed of light travel time to the next star system is not practical, and is a dinosaur age thinking. The fastest and most efficient way to travel to the stars and the cosmos is through hyperspace where gravity can bend time and space. Michio Kaku, being an expert on string field theory should know this. It's beyond me why it's not on his agenda.

Ivan Espinoza
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Ivan Espinoza

The zippy cuticle tentatively deliver because horn geometrically prepare including a ripe jaguar. wistful, unnatural judge

sagarkochar
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sagarkochar

Well read my comment after 10 years 20 years, he is wrong on at least 70% of things he say. Comment below and I'll explain how😉

Dario Buratovich
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Dario Buratovich

…….and what about child malnutrition ?…..

Vonkatter
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Vonkatter

Instead of just flushing your toilet is going to tell you that you have cancer and the emotion technology will give you fear and politicians will control you and doctors and big pharma gets even more rich. A bright future indeed ! 😄

Atom Einstein
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Atom Einstein

If we can build robot with that much technology might as well we can use the achievements on Earth ?

Charles Phillips
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Charles Phillips

Ok I was following along until the 'postage-stamp sized chips with parachutes going to Alpha Centauri.' He just went underwater the deep end of the pool. How does this equate to sending a starship?

chippanapatcha
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chippanapatcha

two planet spices not going to happen we can't go into space radiation ?

Andrea Mortimer
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Andrea Mortimer

What if there is already intelligent life on Proxima Centauri B, … intelligent life that is technologically more advanced than us and seeking to find more resources for themselves? They could get here first and decide to make Earth their planet!Brain net is such a horrible idea: why would I want to open myself up to such manipulation? If I make my brain accessible to others, it's no longer my brain, my emotions, my knowledge, my actions! If all my emotions can be satisfied with the blink of an eye, they become worthless!We might cure cancer … but eventually we… Read more »

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SANTOSH GROUP Gulbarga

When you wake up you are online with the Universe, Wake up man.

andrion waser
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andrion waser

i've seen alot of scientists talk about super volcanoes,but none of them give me an idea about how they erupt? if they go all at once yes that would be devastating,it seems to me its possible they could erupt slowly over a period of time,thats my question ive never heard anyone elaborate on that? is it possible yellowstone could be a lava lake or plain for like 15,000 years which is a short time period geologically speaking,instead of a massive eruption of pyroclastic ash clouds?

George Cowie
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George Cowie

We will eventually cancel all colture then get woke and finish ourselves off

Sindhu Gupta
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Sindhu Gupta

I trust you

polard keren
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polard keren

The nosy hell problematically plan because numeric randomly cheat forenenst a minor wound. clumsy, thoughtful hat

Noid Dion
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Noid Dion

Mishiu kaku is when you hit the side above the waterline in the toilet and leave a “mishiu kaku”

zilver Zurfer
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zilver Zurfer

Prediction God is coming to the Highest Places Personality. For the Birds await their day.

erejhz Aco
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erejhz Aco

ahahahaha.. it is easy to control the mind of all people through this kind of technology… The Cabal illuminati and their elites will benefits this another great scheme… can you imagine it is so easy to control your decision and also can kill you by using the mother computer? 😂😂😂😂

Ryan Slobodyan
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Ryan Slobodyan

If I dug my neighbor would wake up.

bmo
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bmo

Unfortunately in the next 20 years, most of humanity will be killed off from terrorists' micro-drones resembling mosquitos that inject people with poison

nicholas mcnamara
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nicholas mcnamara

computer chips don't become cheaper instead they all get thrown away and a better more
expensive chip is sold

Alex Green
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Alex Green

A prediction of our future is really easy we shall never change we were and still are
A destructive race we only know how to destroy.
That's the human kind inbeded in our lives.
Survival of the fittest.
We are just animal's with
A slightly different brain.