Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, who previously shared his three most interesting predictions about the future, revealed how he believed that technology would help mankind eradicate cancer.
Dr. Kaku, 73, is no stranger to the fascinating world of science fiction and cutting-edge technology. As a theoretical and futuristic physicist, he has written several best-selling books about the world of tomorrow and has hosted numerous TV series, including a three-hour BBC documentary entitled Visions of the Future.
The professor at City College in New York believes that cars with automatic driving, artificial intelligence and the emergence of virtual coins are close.
He said that humanity must focus its efforts on moving away from the planet. “We need an insurance policy and a backup plan. Nobody says we should leave Earth and go to Mars, but a settlement on Mars is a safe possibility,” he explained.
And in a video for Big Think, Dr. Kaku reveals the three most amazing predictions about the future.
1. Mankind will become a space civilization
The enormous distances between the planets and the stars prevented humans from living in worlds other than Earth. Even colonizing nearby objects, such as the moon and Mars, is a huge challenge that we still have to overcome.
However, Kaku believes that humanity is about to become a species born in space.
“We are entering what I call the next golden age of space exploration,” he said.
The physicist fears that it is inevitable that the Earth will one day suffer a major disaster, such as the asteroid that destroyed most of life on Earth 66 million years ago.
Although no such “planet” is on its way soon, he thinks it would be wise to spread humanity over the stars.
“Now, of course, Elon Musk has revived this vision by talking about multi-planet species,” Kaku added.
However, the laws of physics stand in the way, as space travel is an expensive and inefficient business.
Dr. Kaku is looking forward to using spaceflight technology that uses ground lasers to propel spacecraft up to 20% of the speed of light. This technology already exists and cannot be improved and, in time, the physicist believes, will allow us to reach one of our closest stars, Proxima Centauri.
To help us with this goal, Dr. Kaku said that humans will have to build fleets of robots and machines to create our shelters and colonies out of materials already in these newly explored worlds.
2. People expand the capabilities of the brain
The common metaphor in science fiction is that people use only a very small percentage of their mental abilities.
Although scientists have completely rejected this claim, Dr. Kaku believes that technology will allow us to broaden our horizons.
In particular, he said that computers will connect our brains to the Internet and allow us to share memories and share our emotions directly with others.
Kaku called this amazing new technology the “brain network.”
“We are entering a new era in which the Internet can become a network of minds.” “The brain network can replace the digital internet. Instead of zeros and ones, it will send feelings and memories to the internet. Of course, teenagers will like it,” he said.
3. Man will eliminate cancer once and for all
Kaku believes that humanity is entering a “fourth wave of scientific innovation” that will include the fusion of biotechnology and artificial intelligence to improve humanity.
The physicist believes that, over time, we will find treatments for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
He said, “We will have a magic bullet against cancer using nanomedicine. These are individual molecules in cells that can target individual cancer cells using nanotechnology.”
Other technological advances will help people discover disease at home by detecting cancer cells in body fluids.
Eventually, Dr. Kaku believes that medicine will become non-invasive by using techniques that will analyze symptoms directly from DNA chips – a technique he called “liquid biopsies.”
The physicist said: “We will have years of warning that there is a colony of cancer cells growing in our body. And our grandchildren will ask us, how can we be so afraid of cancer?”