Author of the week
The way Michio Kaku sees humanity’s future, getting to Mars will be only step one, said David Freeman in NBCNews.com. The world-renowned physicist and co-founder of string theory has a new book out that predicts what’s ahead for our species, and it’s a measure of the California native’s galactic optimism that he cruises past the inevitable end of life on Earth as if it were a speed bump. “We like to think of Mother Nature as nurturing, but 99.9 percent of all life-forms on Earth eventually go extinct; extinction is the norm,” he says. Where Kaku sees a short-term work-around is in how close we are to being able to both land on Mars and re-engineer its climate to warm it. Not that the 71-year-old wants to write off Earth just yet. “Let’s be at least a two-planet species—as a backup plan,” he says.
Kaku’s The Future of Humanity doesn’t stop there, said 52-Insights.com. He puts us only about 100 years away from having full control of all energy on Earth, including sunlight and weather—an achievement that will mark the first step of our civilization’s predictable climb toward being able to control the power of the stars and then the galaxy. Along the way, he says, we’ll conquer physical aging and digitize individual consciousness to make it both immortal and boundary-free. “We can put it on a laser beam and shoot it to the moon,” he says. “In one second you’re on the moon, in 20 minutes you’re on Mars.” More advanced civilizations, he figures, are out there doing such things already. “Flying saucers,” he says, “are so 20th century.”