Michio Kaku: String Theory, The Future, and Embedded Systems
Michio Kaku teaches and does research at City College of New York where he specializes in theoretical physics. His claim to fame among scientists is his work on string theory, and the furtherance of Einstein’s work on building a unified theory. Kaku has become a pop culture hero among scientists and nonscientists alike for his ability to write science books in everyday language. He has also gained attention for his work in social policy and for his vision of the technological future. Michio Kaku will be the keynote speaker at ESC Silicon Valley 2010.
Kaku's vision of the future includes embedded systems. One item that he envisions for the future are glasses or contacts with full Internet connectivity. By 2060, he foresees your medical history being built into your clothes. Your clothes could monitor your health, and keep a running log of your vital statistics. Although questions of privacy will still need to be addressed, imagine a world in which your shirt and glasses need to be hack proof!
In Kaku’s book Visions, he tells us where science has been and where it is going over the next 100 years and beyond. He does not base his predictions on his vision alone, but rather on interviews he conducted with over 150 scientists. Given his profession, it should come as no surprise that he sees quantum physics as the basis of all science. It not only lead to the understanding of the atom, but also computers and molecular biology.
Michio says in chapter one that as the twentieth century closes, “science has reached an end of an era, unlocking the secrets of the atom, unraveling the molecule of life, and creating the electronic computer.” Before us the twenty-first century looms with a new era of discoveries. “Today, we are on the cusp of an epoch-making transition, from being passive observers of nature to being active choreographers of nature." Unleashing this new era will require researchers to cease doing their research through reductionist methods and approaching them through a synergistic approach.Continued on the next page