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Michio Kaku: 3 Mind Boggling predictions about the future

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Carl Sagan believed humanity required to turn into a multi-planet species as an insurance policy against the upcoming huge catastrophe on Earth. Now, Elon Musk is working to realize that mission through, beginning with a colony of a million humans on Mars. Where can our species go ?

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku looks years into the future and creates three daring predictions regarding individual space travel, the possibility for’brain net’, and our forthcoming victory on cancer.

“[I]n the future, the word’tumor’ will disappear from the English language,” says Kakusaid “We will have years of warning that there is a colony of cancer cells growing in our body. And our descendants will wonder: How could we fear cancer so much?”

Dr. Michio Kaku is the co-founder of string field theory, and is among the most frequently recognized scientists on earth today. He’s composed 4 New York Times Best Sellers, is the science correspondent for CBS This Morning and has hosted many science specials for BBC-TV, the Discovery/Science Channel. His radio show broadcasts into 100 radio stations every week. Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York (CUNY), where he has taught for over 25 years. He’s also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study as well as New York University (NYU).

See Michio Kaku’s Most Up-to-date publication”The Future of Humanity: Our Destiny in the Universe” at http://amzn.to/2X9RRNE

MICHIO KAKU: We are entering what I predict the upcoming golden era of space exploration. We’ve got not merely new power and new funding and money coming from Silicon Valley, we also have a new vision emerging. For Elon Musk of SpaceX it is to create a multi-planet species.” But for Jeff Bezos of Amazon, he wants to make Earth to a park so that the heavy businesses, all the pollution, goes into outer space. And Jeff Bezos would like to set an Amazon-type delivery system linking the ground to the moon. And so he wants to lift all the heavy businesses from the planet Earth to make Earth a paradise and to put all of the significant industries in outer area.

Now, I once talked to Carl Sagan and also he said that since the ground is in the midst of a shooting bunch of asteroids and comets and meteors, it is inevitable that we will be struck with a world buster. Something similar to that which struck the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago, we need an insurance plan. He was clear to state that we’re not talking about moving the people of the earth into outer space–that costs too much money. And we’ve got problems of their own on the ground like global warming. We need to deal with those issues on the ground not flee to outside space. However, as an insurance plan, we need to ensure that humans become a two-planet species. These are the words of Carl Sagan.

And today, naturally, Elon Musk has revived that this vision by talking about a multi-planet species.” He wants to put around several million colonists on the planet Mars, delivered to Mars by his own rockets financed by a combination of public and private funding, such as fusion rockets, ramjet fusion rockets, such as anti-matter rockets. A number of these rockets, needless to say, their technology will not be available until the next 100 years. On the other hand, the laws of physics make it possible to send postage-stamp-size chips into the nearby stars. So think of a processor, possibly this large, on a parachute and have thousands of these delivered into outer space surrounded by perhaps 800 megawatts of laser power. By taking this gigantic charge of laser energy to outer space, by energizing these mini-parachutes you can then start to accelerate them to about 20% the speed of light. That is with viable technology now. It is just a matter of engineering. It is a matter of political will and economics however, there’s no math, there’s no law of physics preventing one from popping these chips to 20% the speed of light. That means Proxima Centauri, part of the Alpha Centauri triple star system, can be inside the assortment of such a device. Now consider that. That means that within 20 years, after 20 years of launching, we might be able to have the first starship visit a nearby world. Plus it ends up that Proxima Centauri B is also a Earth-like world that circles round the nearest star to the planet Earth–what a pity. So this means that we have already staked out our first destination for visitation by an interstellar starship. And …

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