[Download] Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 By Michio Kaku

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

By: Michio Kaku
Narrated by: Feodor Chin
Length: 15 hours
Release date: Mar 15, 2011
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (177 votes, average: 3.50 out of 5)

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Imagine, if you can, the world in the year 2100.

In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku-the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible-gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over three hundred of the world's top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of the revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production, and astronautics.

In all likelihood, by 2100 we will control computers via tiny brain sensors and, like magicians, move objects around with the power of our minds. Artificial intelligence will be dispersed throughout the environment, and Internet-enabled contact lenses will allow us to access the world's information base or conjure up any image we desire in the blink of an eye.

Meanwhile, cars will drive themselves using GPS, and if room-temperature superconductors are discovered, vehicles will effortlessly fly on a cushion of air, coasting on powerful magnetic fields and ushering in the age of magnetism.

Using molecular medicine, scientists will be able to grow almost every organ of the body and cure genetic diseases. Millions of tiny DNA sensors and nanoparticles patrolling our blood cells will silently scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, while rapid advances in genetic research will enable us to slow down or maybe even reverse the aging process, allowing human life spans to increase dramatically.

In space, radically new ships-needle-sized vessels using laser propulsion-could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars. Advances in nanotechnology may lead to the fabled space elevator, which would propel humans hundreds of miles above the earth's atmosphere at the push of a button.

But these astonishing revelations are only the tip of the iceberg. Kaku also discusses emotional robots, antimatter rockets, X-ray vision, and the ability to create new life-forms, and he considers the development of the world economy. He addresses the key questions: Who are the winner and losers of the future? Who will have jobs, and which nations will prosper?

All the while, Kaku illuminates the rigorous scientific principles, examining the rate at which certain technologies are likely to mature, how far they can advance, and what their ultimate limitations and hazards are. Synthesizing a vast amount of information to construct an exciting look at the years leading up to 2100, Physics of the Future is a thrilling, wondrous ride through the next 100 years of breathtaking scientific revolution.

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52 Responses to “[Download] Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 By Michio Kaku”

  1. Danita Baumgarner

    Very Good, but contradictory at times
    The book is very good but Dr. Kaku at times would make an assertion and then use an example wildly outside of the claim. Definitely worth a read/listen.

  2. Avis Brents

    end with a story
    i enjoy this non fiction that uses its lessons to weave a science fiction conclusion

  3. Marquetta G.

    Very Interesting and Enjoyable Book
    What made the experience of listening to Physics of the Future the most enjoyable?


    Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist at City College of New York. He has appeared on television many times and writes extensively about future inventions and their consequence in “Physics of the Future”. Kaku’s futurist perspective is based on what is happening in physics today. He extrapolated from today’s science to tomorrow’s probability. Kaku believes that all reality, yesterday’s, today’s, and tomorrow’s, is dictated by quantum physics. At a molecular level, quantum physics experimentally confirms all reality is a matter of probability; not certainty.

    Before leaving individual predictions, Kaku explains the Kardashev scale of civilization to contextualize the state of the world. The Kardashev scale begins at 0 and rises to Type V. Today’s world is estimated to be at .7, less than 1. Coincidentally, getting to 1 is the most dangerous level to achieve, without catastrophe. Level 1 presumes fusion power is available on a large-scale; antimatter is available in large quantities, and fossil fuels become an abandoned source of energy.

    Getting from .7 to 1 on the Kardashev scale is fraught with human potential for world destruction. Great social upheavals will occur with the evolution of energy use. Some nations will be threatened by the change. Jobs will be at risk; nation’s economies will be overwhelmed by need for change. Purpose in life will be questioned. Social structure will be challenged by new measures of status. Civilizations will either embrace or reject cooperation among nations.

    Kaku summarizes his view of the future by reflecting on a future husband’s and wife’s benefits from extraordinary scientific discoveries. Kaku opts for a utopian transition of civilization that reaches level 1 on the Kardashev scale, within 100 years.

    And so–Kierkekaardian’ fear and trembling stream through Kaku’s vision of the future because many of his predictions could as easily steer mankind to an end as a beginning.

  5. Erick

    Intriguing, largely dry
    A long, dry, speculative look at what the future might look like. The portion on global warming is great! Lots of interesting tidbits in this book.

  6. Michale B.

    A pleasure through and through
    If you like to ponder about what the future will hold for us but care for scientific reasoning and evidence, this is the book for you. I never enjoyed a science book that much. Fourteen hours of story, science and an amazing outlook for what humanity will be able to reach if we overcome our current state.

  7. Hans Goike

    very dry and boring
    What disappointed you about Physics of the Future?

  8. Janessa Thibadeau

    It is fine
    It is an acceptable book with some interesting parts. This is probably a better read than listen to book.

  9. Carlos Antoine Palmer

    Great book!
    If you could sum up Physics of the Future in three words, what would they be?

  10. Lula Lemar

    Michio Kaku, what a great vision!
    Even though 5 years have passed since he first published this book, and some things have changed, his vision is still valid, I think! enjoyable read and loved the story with Karen at the end. I hope we advance in genetics very quick to be able to stay young!

  11. Elliott Marban

    Excellent book to listen
    This is the type of book that makes you imagine and look at the future with optimism while explaining the possibilities with concrete evidence thanks to the work of scientist that are making that future possible step by step.

  12. Rafael Rambin

    me me me
    The subject matter is fascinating once you get past the endless self aggrandizing slop of the the author.
    Me me me me, would have been better had someone done some serious editing.

  13. Clinton D.

    Fantastic Book!
    What made the experience of listening to Physics of the Future the most enjoyable?

  14. darrius

    Great info AWFUL narrator
    Any additional comments?

  15. Patrice Coffel

    Mostly good
    Michio Kaku is well known for making science books for the masses, in other words he dumbs it down — however he often dumbs it down to a nearly insulting level. However, happily, I didn’t really find that an issue with this book as it more or less just deals with what the future will be like — and that’s why I got it.

    I will say for a book that only came out a year ago some of it sounds really dated, basically he describes things like the Google Car and Google Glasses as being in the future, but they’re already here. Other things however are so far out there it’s hard to believe it will actually happen by 2100, like replicators for example.

    I think the read does a good job with the material and hits the appropriate tone.

    The book is entertaining even if it’s a bit light on science. Also on the Global Warming just quoting controversial UN documents and stating it’s indisputable absolutely sounded very very silly. That part of the book is flat out disgraceful. Kaku should have used that section to explain why he believes what he believes and what else might be causing it (cough SUN SPOTS). I’d be interested in hearing about other possibilities as well even if it was only to dispel it. Also pretending like the UN doesn’t have a political agenda is silly.

    Anyways that part of the book isn’t long enough to ruin it by any means.

    My score, 4 stars across the board. If you’re looking an easy to read book about the future this does a pretty good job.

  16. Renato Wiggains

    Some parts are not great but some are enlightening
    I am glad I gave this book another chance. The AI section was disappointing and i didn’t like so many references to movies and science fiction as I expected this to be pure science. But the parts about medicine and physics/energy were enlightening.

  17. Customer

    I just want to give a star rating.
    Would you consider the audio edition of Physics of the Future to be better than the print version?

  18. Cherie Gisondi

    really kool
    i absolutely loved this. make you think and it makes alot of sense. thnx makkio

  19. Jolene

    Kind of out of date now
    don’t want to knock the book, great in its day and all. But a lot of this is common knowledge now.

  20. Maurine Desutter

    Some new information / Some old information
    So I adore Michio Kaku. he has a way of explaining physics that anyone can understand, and this book does that just as well as his others. the Narrator though not Kaku, makes me think / feel like I am listening to him at one of his lectures.
    With in the material you find some good information about where we are and where we could be going in the future of physics and even some in the understanding of the human mind. some of this however is a repeat of what is in Physics of the Impossible. If you haven’t read/listened to that I recommend it, but some will be a repeat of this, though it goes into greater details of the various civilizations break out.

  21. Jerold Hetzler

    Found I already knew most of what is in here
    I think this would be a fantastic book for people who are interested in the future and science generally, but who do not follow future trends very closely. For someone like myself, who reads a ton of science fiction, reads scientific magazines and watches lots of science documentaries, there was not a lot of stuff in here that I didn’t already know.

    [I listened to this as an audio book performed by Feodor Chin. The narrator did a very good job, although I did speed up the audio to 1.25 speed because I found it a bit slow going.]

  22. Nicolette Derezinski

    Useless Book
    I have lost all respect for Michio Kaku as a scientist after reading this book. It is just a rehash of press releases from inventors of new technologies that exist today and makes no real attempt at predictions. He makes no legitimate predictions about the future other than the next step for the existing technologies he describes. He talks about the exponential growth of technology but every page makes it clear that he is thinking completely linearly. This book is about the next 5 years, maybe 10, but not the next 100. The predictions he does make, like the end of Moore’s law totally misses that fact that new technologies are already being developed to replace silicon and end Moore’s law with a new computing paradigm that will have a similar law for the growth of computing power. Save your money and time and don’t listen to a word Michio Kaku says. He has no idea what he is talking about.

  23. Seymour Gladen

    physics of the future
    Captivating and inspiring. He gives a wonderful vision of tomorrows future and the technologies to come.

  24. dustin

    great read
    it was great insight on how the world my be in future for the good or for the bad

  25. Carmel Decaro

    Entertaining and eye opening
    I love it!! I even bought the hard cover…highly recommend it. will read it again

  26. Sol Reitsma

    Good But A little dry
    Would you listen to Physics of the Future again? Why?

  27. Gene Barillari

    Pretty cool, Fun to dream about the future
    Would you listen to Physics of the Future again? Why?

  28. Silas Hogsed

    Good Listen!
    If you could sum up Physics of the Future in three words, what would they be?

  29. Harriett Oursler

    Amazing book and read
    Loved this book along with all of his other books. Dr Michio Kaku is an amazing book writer amongst other things. Would listen to this and all of his other books time and time again!

  30. Johnson S.

    in my opinion this book has become a little dated. Probably would have been a good book a few years ago or for someone that is not in the physics field.

  31. Enriqueta Eldert

    What a difference a year makes
    This book held promise but ultimately was found to be slow paced, repetitive and a victim of the pace of progress. All topics are oversimplified in order to appeal to a non-scientific community.

  32. Terry Wininger

    Mostly good
    Most chapters are interesting but the future of wealth and medicine we super very boring. That is why i gave it a 3 star

  33. Charlie Viator

    Great way to learn about technical news.
    Would you listen to Physics of the Future again? Why?

  34. Josie Wildrick

    Michio Kaku is a great visionary and storyteller. The first part was not very thrilling for me since I’m in tech and I know quite a bit about technology forecasts. I was in fact surprised that Michio did not mention BlockChain as part of the near or far future. When he gets to discuss about physics, medicine and aerospace, then is where you can’t stop listening.

  35. Leigha R.

    How quickly future predictions date
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

  36. Genaro Germinaro

    Love this book
    Outstanding. Thanks for the insights. Have listened three time and I learn something each time.

  37. Harvey Hansard

    Interesting and uneven
    Any additional comments?

  38. Wendell Vester

    I’ve listened many times and can’t get enough
    Wonderfully written. Can’t wait to download all of his work. Listened many times and can’t get enough of this book.

  39. Hank V.

    Easy to understand and follow
    I enjoyed a lot while listening. I had bought the hard copy but didn’t have the chance to read it. Listening it is amazing.
    It was a very interesting book that gives a condensed view of the future. The good think is that most of the concepts described in the book are being invented now.

  40. Hong Shurgot

    Lots of speculation, very little science. I was looking for much more depth in the various topics.

  41. Lon Redcay

    A great look into fringe sciences.
    This book is a fantastic run through the fringes of modern science. Part imagination part real science, he takes you step by step into the word of tomorrow. A great read for any science minded day dreamers.

  42. Hipolito Glos

    Interesting take on how technology will progress and how that will shape our interaction with another & overall life.

  43. E.T. Keberlein

    Physics of the future A review
    Reading this book I couldn’t put it down, It gave me a better insight of what to expect in the future after reading this I’m inspired!

  44. Miles Hankinson

    Love this book
    If you could sum up Physics of the Future in three words, what would they be?

  45. Lovie S.

    A great view to what the future may hold. I deeply
    highly enjoyable. a great view into what the future may hold for mankind. thank you

  46. Joan Brasseaux

    Excellent read
    I am not a physicisist but I had little problem understanding and following the narrative. Unlike science ‘fiction’, this offers concrete reasons to be hopeful about our future.

  47. Ed

    Don’t bother
    What would have made Physics of the Future better?

  48. Junie Boughton

    Get it, you’ll love it
    this is a great read, all content no filler. my kind of book. you gotta love a book thats actually about what the cover and title suggest. hehe

  49. Vince K.

    Great overview of the technology that will be changing our world in the next 20, 50, 100 years. This isn’t speculative, it’s all being worked on right now. My favorite part is the last chapter, where you get a day-in-the-life with all these technologies in action. “service 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

  50. Magaly Hossack

    niece overview of where we are
    good overview of where we are and what can be done with what is in front of us, but felt too much like a sensationalist documentary for me.

  51. Lowell Lerman

    Fun read. Not excellently written. Not thorough.
    If you could sum up Physics of the Future in three words, what would they be?

  52. Alyce T.

    A good listen
    This book was a good listen, but it was a little too political and anti-religious for my taste. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the offer, but I do feel some of his assumptions or ideas may not come to full fruition. Hopefully we can get away from loyal like he says in the next hundred years. Overall worth downloading and listen to.

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