Physics of the Future

If you are still here – no rapture – no end of the world, have a little faith and read a little about the future.  In Physics of the Future, Mikio Kaku describes how science will shape human destiny and our daily lives by the year 2100.  If Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci could accurately predict our lives today with the help of scientists, why not imagine the world of the future?

In a series of chapters that cover the futures of computers, medicine, energy, travel, and more, Kaku delivers possibilities that he says, along with eight pages of 300 scientists, are probabilities.  In 100 years, everyone will go online by blinking (super contacs); MRI machines will be pocket-sized; and, of course, robots will be everywhere – unless, we revert to our Neanderthal mind-set, and stifle progress.

The last chapter gets a little hokey – not for the predictions, but for the delivery. Kaku’s “A Day in the Life in 2100” includes scenarios that include analytic sensors in the mirror and the toilet – to check for abnormalities. Unfortunately, Kaku tries to write imaginary dialogue for “the date” and “the office”  during the day. He would have been better to stick to the dry scientific theory.

Despite the halting prose with information that most futurists already have, the book might make you want to live for 100 more years to see it all.

If you are still here, remember, the Mayans give us only another year.