Today’s News & Culture update:
What will life be like a century from now? Futurologist Michio Kaku thinks he knows. The Einstein look-alike, renowned theoretical physics guru, and string theory researcher, spends his time teaching and writing articles and textbooks on superstring theory, supergravity and hadronic physics.
In case you’re like me and have limited knowledge of what those terms mean, Kaku spends the rest of his time bringing science down to earth so the rest of us can catch on, too. His latest offering: Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100.
Try on a few of these future ideas–and see if they fit:
- “Robo Doc”: An animated doctor who can answer 99% of all common medical questions any time of the day or night. This could reduce the cost of medical care.
- Spare parts: In 20 years, Kaku says we’ll be able to grow every organ in our body except the brain.
- Hold that pose! In time, people may decide they want to be 25 the rest of their lives. (Well, there’s no fountain of youth yet, but Kaku doesn’t think it’s too far off . . .)
- Eye-contact: Forget smart phones. Kaku predicts we will soon surf the Web via Internet eyeglasses or contact lenses: “You will blink and you will go online,” he claims.
- Computer…what’s that? Only in museums, according to Kaku. Computer power will be ubiquitous–like running water or electricity.
It’s interesting to contrast these predictions with those of 19th century thought leader on metaphysics, religion, and health, Mary Baker Eddy. Einstein himself was reportedly an interested reader of Eddy’s primary work on the subject, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She had this to say about the future–taken from her book:
- The agriculturist will find that these changes cannot affect his crops
- The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air.
- The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe;
- and the florist will find his flower before its seed.”
What do you think life will look like in 2100? Do you agree with some of these predictions?