Life in 2100

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 seasons will come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude.
  • 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?

More reading:

Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku Predicts the Future of Healthcare

Mary Baker Eddy Library

 

Comments

  1. Sharla Allard says

    There’s already a flood of knowledge out there for information seekers, and soon we’ll have access to more information-seducers? What might be even more needed are “information sifters.” What portion of the Internet’s abundance of info is really helpful? Really going to tell me what I can or can’t do. Will Googling a highly educated robot do it? Or maybe, sometimes, God? At least in the Bible He promises “Ask me of things to come concerning my sons.” I wonder if people looking for answers in that book about how confident they can be, or productive, or kind or healthy aren’t getting some pretty solid tips.

  2. Virginia McCullough says

    Talk about thought provoking! To answer your question, I think these things are possible. But the really important thing is how we live our lives. As the blog yesterday mentioned, youth may build better lives based on deep love, integrity, etc.

    My response to the question asked at the end of the linked article about Michio Kaku’s talk, “Do we really have to wait 10 or 20 years for all of this?” is no, spiritual healing is available now. The freedom for each one of us to follow our own inspiration is important to everyone’s progress. So while some are working on medical inventions, some of us will be pursuing a deeper understanding of healing through prayer in Christian Science, and others will be pursuing other means of healing.

    Here is a question Mary Baker Eddy was asked and part of her answer: “But the pursuit of modern material inventions?”

    “Oh, we cannot oppose them. They all tend to newer, finer, more etherealized ways of living. They seek the finer essences.” (Miscellany, p. 345)

    I find some other words by Mrs. Eddy very helpful also. “We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its
    day, and we want that day to be succeeded by Christian Science, by divine reality.” (Science and Health, p. 95)

    To me this speaks of the importance of being aware now of spiritual reality – and this supports all healing.

    Here’s another link relating to Kaku — http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2011/0418/Is-this-sci-fi-or-the-near-future

  3. says

    I’m grateful for those who can and do think toward the future and imagine the good that will come. These people usher in the great ideas and changes that color our future.

    For myself, I find that thinking about living in God’s loving care right now, today, and appreciating every moment is about as far ahead as I like to think.