The Future of Humanity

The Future of Humanity

Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

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"Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars 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. World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, intimate detail the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. He 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 may soon be reached by nanoships traveling on laser beams at near the speed of light. Finally, he brings us beyond our galaxy, and even beyond our universe, to the possibility of immortality, showing us how humans may someday be able to leave our bodies entirely and laser port to new havens in space. With irrepressible 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385542760
0385542763
Branch Call Number: 629.455 Kaku 02/2018
Characteristics: xx, 339 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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Optimistic speculation on the future of humanity from the author of Phyiscs of the Impossible, Michio Kaku. Kaku breaks down string theory, A.I., terraforming and space travel into something even I can understand.
-Brian Oertel


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ChrisMcMil
Jan 14, 2019

I would highly recommend parts I and II of this book as a reasonable lay introduction to the subject of humanity's future in space. Here he provides a good mix of historical facts and interesting anecdotes with a reasonable splattering of the relevant science and technology. Unfortunately the book in its entirety was quite disappointing, becoming particularly erratic in part III. I would have expected a fellow scientist to be more credible and convincing in his speculations. While I did enjoy his frequent references to classical science fiction, he seems to be much too fond (and too proud) of string theory and he stretches credulity well beyond the breaking point by the time he gets to the last two chapters. I wish he had quit while he was ahead!

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6675tap
Oct 25, 2018

This book is another reminder that string theorists are credentialed kooks who find their own existence to be an irritating distraction.

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