Hi Guys and a happy Wednesday to you! I woke up really early in the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I decided to start the day at 3:00 a.m. So with a little shot of caffeine, morning motivation music, and my cats finding new spots to sleep every few minutes, I am writing today’s post. So here goes…
My Instagram followers (See HERE) know that on Monday I had the opportunity to see the famous Michio Kaku do a book talk on his latest, “The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth” (See HERE). I have seen Michio Kaku numerous times on television shows about astronomy and physics. So going in, I was already familiar with his work, what his critics say about him, and my opinion about his ideas. Needless to say, the auditorium was packed with a few hundred adults wanting to learn more about his next literary venture.
I got to the book talk a little late so I missed the introduction. However, I walked in on the part about Science Fiction and which current billionaire investor and scientist were influenced by which Science Fiction book. I myself was introduced to the genre in eighth grade when I read Ray Bradbury “The Martian Chronicles”. It was a fascinating read and left many questions in my head about the ethical part of Science. As a 14-year-old I was able to comprehend the then-current issues with space travel and certainly voice them, but I didn’t want to hinder research majority of people supported in the name of progress. However, in 2018, when the notion of space travel is becoming real, while those questions still pop up, this research is something I can totally get on board with.
After the light “intro” (for me!), he moved to current projects NASA and private companies like Space X are investing in and they are FASCINATING. While there were many conjectures of his I was against, like global warming is a political issue (See HERE and HERE) instead of geopolitical or an environmental one, there were many insights that I was “onboard” with it. It was so inspiring yet perspiring (lol) to hear that private investor like Elon Musk has a vision of a multi-planet human race and Richard Branson is working on space travel as a tourist attraction at Virgin Galactic. Did you know there are scientists and investors out there who are working on building human colonies on planet Mars? It is no longer seen as a topic of imagination, but a real possibility after decades of research. How? There is ice on Mars’ poles that can be melted to make H20, plenty of hydrogen to be used as fuel, and by increasing Mars’ temperature by 6 degrees, they can jumpstart greenhouse effect creating an atmosphere similar to planet Earth. Cool, huh?
Another cool “project” of the future is digitizing minds and sending them to outer space. This sort of thing is fascinating because it is like you can space travel without actually leaving planet Earth. Wow! Because of this technology, scientists and PROBABLY engineers can digitize brains meaning digitize memories, emotions, and other forms of data the brain is responsible for producing and running and save it for future generations. In other words, no biological matter is involved. I think this is so much more ethical than other forms of preserving yourself. Imagine having your great-great-grandchildren knowing you. I don’t think you would be interacting with them because that would require digitizing a soul (in my opinion), which shouldn’t be seen as cloning, but sounds extraordinarily impossible. This can go bigger. Can you digitize and then save “wars” as data? Or how about digitizing reality, which includes war, diseases, evolution, and even water! Can you create artificial reality from this data that future generations can actually interact with?
Michio Kaku talks about contact lenses that serve as a giant Google database. He sees the internet as a medium to spread democracy so this innovation would be very helpful. However, this sort of technology needs to be accessible by everyone for widespread effects to take place. We’ll see…
The last part of the book talk dealt with space travel that was met by visible enthusiasm from the audience. Of course he referenced Einstein’s work being used to decide if time travel is possible. However, other factors need to be considered when planning this impossible feat. If we travel back in time at the beginning of the universe or in the far future, can we interact with that part of the universe? The universe is not stable and definitely grows aka changes. Can our human bodies take the strain of time travel and then be present or interact with the environment of that “time”? Do atoms change or are they stable enough? Would we be in trouble if the universe “stabilizes”, which should create conditions for time travel?
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So, in a proverbial nutshell, please read this book. I haven’t read it myself, but knowing Michio Kaku, I think this will be an enlightening read. The link to the book is HERE again. Happy Reading!