‘Back to the Future’
Michio Kaku discusses the effect of science over the next 100 years
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 20:09
Kaku also discussed the plummeting cost of computer chips. The cost of computer chips will be a penny, he said, which will lead computers of the future to become disposable, just like paper.
He sees a world where everything is computerized, but the computer as we know it today will cease to exist. Instead, he predicts a world where people will interact with computers with their minds and all files will be stored on the cloud server.
He spends much of his time at CUNY impressing his passion for science upon college students.
Kaku believes physics is taught “upside down and backward” to undergraduates. He rattled off a list of inventions that physicists have at least had a hand in creating, including the laser, transistor, television, microwaves, computers and the World Wide Web.
But undergraduates sometimes take only one course in physics and never know about these inventions, he said.
“Most of the world’s economy is structured around lasers and computers, but we never teach it that way,” Kaku said. “So I think no wonder kids are bored stiff. No wonder they drop out like flies. No wonder they think that physics is totally irrelevant in their life, when actually we live in a physics-dominated world.”
He also addressed how times have changed.
“We graduate kids into the world of 1950,” he said. “We don’t live in 1950. Science has moved on, but we don’t prepare kids to live in the world of today, and that’s the fundamental problem.”
He said the students of India and China are “lean and hungry” and they realize science is their “meal ticket.” Kaku said American kids don’t realize this.
He advised every student to understand “they are sitting on a gold mine.” Jobs of the future will be more technical, and having a technical degree will be a crucial step in the direction of success, according to Kaku.
Kaku closed his speech with a story about Einstein – one modern world-changer reminiscing on his role model.