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Michio Kaku

Physics of the future

In Physics of the future: how science will shape human destiny and our daily lives by the year 2100 Michio Kaku uses the information from interviews with experts in many fields to predict how our lives are going to change in the next century.

The book looks at the future of computers and artificial intelligence, at medicine and nanotechnology, at the future of energy at space travel and at the distribution of wealth. For each topic three time periods are considered, roughly now-2030, that is the next few decades, 2030-2070, when we should expect to see big changes to the way we live, and 2070-2100 when, at the current rate of progress, our descendants might be able to do things which today would seem like magic.

When I started reading this book I was a bit irritated by Kaku's style of writing, and I realised that was because it was similar to a lot of popular science TV shows -somewhat repetitive and presenting every scientist as struggling to get their idea accepted against a reactionary establishment. If you don't like such shows then maybe you should give this book a miss, if you don't mind them then you might appreciate its wide range of ideas about our possible future.

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Hardcover 416 pages  
ISBN: 1846142687
Salesrank: 688646
Weight:1.55 lbs
Published: 2011 Allen Lane
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Hardcover 416 pages  
ISBN: 0385530803
Salesrank: 241013
Weight:1.5 lbs
Published: 2011 Doubleday
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Product Description
Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world's top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku - in a lucid and engaging fashion - presents the revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself. His astonishing revelations include: The Internet will be in your contact lens. It will recognize people's faces, display their biographies, and even translate their words into subtitles. You will control computers and appliances via tiny sen-sors that pick up your brain scans. You will be able to rearrange the shape of objects. Sensors in your clothing, bathroom, and appliances will monitor your vitals, and nanobots will scan your DNA and cells for signs of danger, allowing life expectancy to increase dramatically. Radically new spaceships, using laser propulsion, may replace the expensive chemical rockets of today. You may be able to take an elevator hundreds of miles into space by simply pushing the "up" button. "Like Physics of the Impossible" and "Visions" before it, "Physics of the Future" is an exhilarating, wondrous ride through the next one hundred years of breathtaking scientific revolution.