Physicist and futurist Michio Kaku says that moving human civilization to the stars, formerly the domain of fiction, is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility–and a necessity. Whether in the near future due to climate change and the depletion of finite resources, or in the distant future due to catastrophic cosmological events, we must face the reality that humans will one day need to leave planet Earth to survive as a species.
In his new book, “The Future of Humanity,” Michio Kaku explores the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. Kaku reveals how cutting-edge developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology may allow us to terraform and build habitable cities on Mars. He then takes us beyond the solar system to nearby stars, which, he says, may soon be reached by nanoships traveling on laser beams at near the speed of light.
Finally, he takes us beyond our galaxy, and even beyond our universe, to the possibility of immortality, showing how humans may someday be able to leave our bodies entirely and laser port to new havens in space. With enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes readers on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity may finally fulfill its long-awaited destiny among the stars.
Michio Kaku is a professor of physics at the City University of New York, cofounder of string field theory, and the author of several widely-acclaimed and bestselling science books, including “Beyond Einstein,” “The Future of the Mind,” “Hyperspace,” “Physics of the Future,” and “Physics of the Impossible.” He is the science correspondent for CBS This Morning and host of the radio programs Science Fantastic and Exploration.