Bold predictions about the future will be on the mind of Michio Kaku when he speaks Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
WUSF's Steve Newborn chats with the professor of physics at City University of New York about his latest book, “The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth,” which talks about colonizing Mars as a way of preserving mankind.
Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today. He is an internationally recognized authority in two areas. The first is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete. The other is to predict trends affecting business, commerce, and finance based on the latest research in science.
His goal is the complete Einstein’s dream of a “theory of everything,” to derive an equation, perhaps no more than one inch long, which will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. He is the co-founder of string theory, which is the leading candidate today for the theory of everything.
In this interview, Dr. Kaku discusses "Brain Net," which he predicts will import information directly into our brains; artificially intelligent robots; and cars that drive themselves - and you can argue with them about where you want to go.
He predicts whole new industries will rise to service artificial intelligence. And Dr. Kaku talks about his fellow theoretical physician Stephen Hawking, who rose above his physical limitations to become one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century - and perhaps any age.
Kaku will appear at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater At The Progress Energy Center in St. Petersburg,