Visions of the Future by Dr Michio Maku
A 3 Part Documentary
American theoretical physicist Dr Michio Kaku believes humankind is on the brink of a radically new scientific era. In this 3-part series, he shares his vision for the future.
Imagine a world where human thoughts directly connect with computers. A world where your fridge could re-order what you need on the internet and pay for it using your credit card. A world where disease does not exist. A world where long haul space travel is the norm.
Idle speculation? Not according to Michio Kaku. His ideas are based on the work of many of the world’s top scientists – scientists who are building the future in their labs today.
Interviews with the world’s leading scientists, include Artificial Intelligence (AI) pioneers Marvin Minsky and Rodney Brooks, geneticist Francis Collins, immunologist Anthony Fauci, neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, and transhumanists, such as Ray Kurzweil and Nick Bostrum. The programs discuss not just the likely changes that technology will bring, but their implications across all aspects of our lives.
Michio Kaku believes we are on the verge of a profound new scientific era – we are reaching the end of the Age of Discovery and beginning a new age – the Age of Mastery. We will become the active choreographers of nature. Each program looks at how a key technology will transform life throughout the 21st century.
Episode 1: The Intelligence Revolution
Theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku shows how, in the 21st century, artificial intelligence is going to become as ubiquitous as electricity, how robots with human-level intelligence may finally become a reality, and how we'll even be able to merge our minds with machine intelligence. As the challenges and choices are literally mind-bending, Dr Kaku asks how far we will ultimately go.
Episode 2: The Biotech Revolution
Leading theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku looks at the revolution in genetics and biotechnology, which promises unprecedented health and longevity but also raises the spectre of a Frankenstein future of genetically engineered people. Will we, as transhumanists expect, evolve into a new species? Dr Kaku warns that we may end up in a world divided by genetic apartheid.
Episode 3: The Quantum Revolution
Theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku shows how quantum physics is giving mankind the power to manipulate the fundamental building blocks of matter. Science fiction ideas like the space elevator, teleportation, invisibility cloaks, or nanosized molecular machines might soon become a reality. But will we use our unprecedented scientific mastery wisely?
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