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No one knows more about the world of tomorrow than Michio Kaku.
Equal parts theoretical physicist, futurist, and popular science communicator, Kaku studies cutting-edge science and technology in order to understand the future.
A graduate of Harvard University and Berkeley, Kaku has spent 25 years as a professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York.
His main challenge has been to unite the laws of our universe in a grand “theory of everything” — the same thing to which Albert Einstein dedicated much of his career. Yes, this seems just a little daunting. But Kaku’s foundational contributions to string field theory brought physicists the closest they’ve ever come to actually achieving it.
In short: he’s got real science behind him. Which gives him a unique perspective and background to predict what the future will be like.
Kaku’s Take on Tomorrow
When most people look to the future, they envision a world in which flying cars soar high above us as we edit diseases out of our genes.
But to Kaku, one innovation looms largest, blotting out other sights: drones.
In an interview with Futurism at the World Government Summit last month, the topic dominated the conversation.
Kaku has been warning of the dangers of militarized drone systems for years. The threat of military drones, he says, is absolute. “The only immediate danger is automatic killing machines,” he said.
Those who portend a future filled with Terminator-style robots armed with artificial superintelligence ignore real and imminent dangers. “That’s not going to happen for another hundred years, so I’m not worried,” he said, and
Here’s what should really give us pause, according to Kaku:
We have drones that a human supervises and says, ‘kill that target.’ In the future, the drone will recognize the human form and have permission to kill the target. It may go crazy one day—a mistake, a short circuit could take place—and it just keeps shooting that human form independent of any instructions. Automatic killing machines are the one thing we have to worry about today, not tomorrow. But other than that, we really don’t have to worry about the robots taking over.
Kaku’s Predictions Beyond
Here are some of Kaku’s other predictions on a variety of topics:
Extraterrestrial Life: “Within this century, we will make contact with an alien civilization by listening in on their radio communications.”
The Evolution of AI: “Simple tasks done by humans are way beyond what a robot can do. But, as the decades go by, they will become as smart as a mouse, then rat, then a cat, dog, and monkey. By that point, they might become dangerous and even replace humans, near the end of the century.”
Colonizing Alien Worlds: “We need an insurance policy, a backup plan. The dinosaurs didn’t have a space program, and that’s why they’re not here today. No one’s saying we should leave the Earth and go to Mars, but a settlement on Mars is a definite possibility.”
Bitcoin: “You cannot stop virtual currency. As far as, ‘what are things worth?’ Things are worth whatever your willing to pay for it….so it’s gambling. It’s speculation. As far as my personal attitude towards it, it’s not productive. Bitcoin is not a productive industry.”
Driverless Cars: “As transportation is digitized in the next decade, driverless cars, guided by GPS and radar, will share our highways. ‘Traffic accidents’ and ‘traffic jams’ will become archaic terms. Thousands of lives will be saved every year.”
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To demonstrate how the iMac Pro is the most powerful Mac ever, Apple recently invited a group of filmmakers, CG artists, and graphics designers to create a series of short films using its advanced technologies.
The artists include creative director Erin Sarofsky, motion graphics designer Esteban Diácono, 3D artist Luigi Honorat, director and designer Michelle Dougherty, design and motion studio ManvsMachine, and an integrated collective of designers, artists, and storytellers from production company Buck.
From concept development through final preparations for render, Apple says the iMac Pro was at the center of the creative work. The fine print does note that additional equipment was used for final rendering of 3D content.
Each film is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes video showing how the iMac Pro fit into the creative process, alongside a list of software tools used and testimonials about how great the iMac Pro is. Apple hasn’t shared the films on its YouTube channel yet, so it’s unclear if they’ll double as TV ads.
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In a new online video, former U.S. President Barack Obama criticized social media companies like Facebook for doing too little to protect the “public good.”
In an intended off-the-record speech at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, later released by the libertarian publication Reason, Obama expressed concerns that Americans are living in “entirely different realities.” Obama cited Fox News and the New York Times specifically when noting that major news stations report entirely different facts to fit the “Balkanization of our public conversation.” Social media platforms, he said, exacerbate that trend.
Facebook has specifically stated its platform is a neutral tool and not a media company. In the past, when confronting the spread of questionable content on the site, the platform placed blame on algorithms that decide what content is promoted. Obama argued that with social media becoming a breeding ground for not only divisive conversation but also terrorist activity, platforms claiming they’re neutral and offloading blame onto computers just won’t cut it. “ISIS can use that tool,” Obama said. “Neo-Nazis can use that tool.”
As CNET reported, Obama thinks platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, are part of a much larger ecosystem. These platforms “have to have a conversation about their business model that recognizes they are a public good as well as a commercial enterprise,” Obama said. “They’re not just an invisible platform, they’re shaping our culture in powerful ways.”
Guide, Not Control
The former head of state isn’t the only person calling out social media’s dangers lately. A former Facebook executive suggested the platforms have become “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” The ongoing investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election has drawn significant attention to the role Facebook and other platforms played.
That’s a plan Obama himself could potentially be in support of. In his talk at MIT, he said that government should create “rules of the road” to help guide platforms — though, he noted that doesn’t equate to government control of media. “That’s not who we are,” he said. “And that’s not the society I want to live in.”