Futurism & Inspiring Inventions
Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and the Henry Semat Professor at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he has taught for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and earned his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.
“There’s no more important project than understanding Intelligence and recreating it. I do envision a fundamental approach based on everything we understand about how the human brain [works]. And there are some things we don’t yet understand so I plan to go off and explore some of my own ideas about how certain things work.”
What I am campaigning against is people who think that somehow social media and Internet platforms can replace that whole process of creating and making and adjusting their strategy. It cannot. We have to be realistic about what these platforms can deliver, and once we are, I think we can use them to our advantage.
Ray Kurzweil, author and controversial thinker, announced on Friday that he will join Google as a director of engineering; he’ll focus on projects involving machine learning and language processing. Kurzweil is best known for his theory of “technology singularity,” essentially a claim that posits that mankind will create a post-human collective superintelligence through means of advancements in technology.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is out with its annual forecast of what the world will look like in 2050. The report focuses on six “gamechanging” trends and events that will shape the world in the coming years.
Things are about to get a little weird. This according to the National Intelligence Council, at least, a US-based coalition of spy agencies that has just released its predictions for what’s in store for the Earth in 2030.
“I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to send our first person to Mars in the 10 to 15 year time frame… so if we take the middle of that, that’s probably around 12 years,” he said in the interview. “We can’t wait too long because I don’t want to be so old that I can’t go.”
With companies like Google creating self-driving cars and augmented-reality glasses, futurist Ray Kurzweil’s predictions are starting to sound much more realistic.
Most science fictional and futurist visions of the future tend towards the negative — and for good reason. Our environment is a mess, we have a nasty tendency to misuse technologies, and we’re becoming increasingly capable of destroying ourselves. But civilizational demise is by no means guaranteed. Should we find a way to manage the risks and avoid dystopic outcomes, our far future looks astonishingly bright. Here are seven best-case scenarios for the future of humanity.