• The Future of Humanity

  • Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Science & Engineering, Science
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,220 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

The number-one best-selling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man's future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.

We are entering a new Golden Age of space exploration. With irrepressible enthusiasm and a deep understanding of the cutting-edge research in space travel, world-renowned physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku presents a compelling vision of how humanity may develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. He reveals the developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology that may allow us to terraform and build habitable cities on Mars and beyond. He then journeys out of our solar system and discusses how new technologies such as nanoships, laser sails, and fusion rockets may actually make interstellar travel a possibility. 

We travel beyond our galaxy, and even beyond our universe, as Kaku investigates some of the hottest topics in science today, including warp drive, wormholes, hyperspace, parallel universes, and the multiverse. Ultimately, he shows us how humans may someday achieve a form of immortality and be able to leave our bodies entirely, laser porting to new havens in space. 

©2018 Michio Kaku (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Feodor Chin's narration is unflaggingly positive.... Chin's reading is anchored in a journalistic tone that matches the author's pop-science style - part scientific, part anecdotal, and part speculation." (AudioFile)  

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Excellent and exciting.

Inspiration for generations. Not just predictions, but our history, current achievements, and potential goals of the human race.

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Fantastic!

Great content. Great narration. Great author. Everything about this book is just great. You'll do yourself a service to get it now.

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Suitable for a precocious child

95% a review of basic space and science knowledge, 5% interesting ideas, some more than a little fantastical, mostly at the end.

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Read This Book, Everyone

Quite possibly one of the more important books someone interesting in humanity could read right now. Sometimes we get bogged down with current travesties and political mayhem. This can consume our attention and intentions when considering what is the end goal; survival. This book is a great reflection and in someways a road map for what we decide on and vote for now. Science, education, and civilized cooperation are the key stones to the future of humanity.

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The future - is not so far anymore

If you love reading about scientific facts with a real sci-fi twists, read on. Great narration too.

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The future of Humanity

A brilliant "futurist" who is brilliant theortical physicist,whois is an entertaining writer! He choses subjects of fantastic interest.

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Exceptional Story of Real Human Capabilities

I do feel that Michio Kaku captures and relays the influence of science and physics on humanity in his stories like no other current-day author does. What makes his stories so interesting is the amount of credibility and reference he continuously provides with every new element to an idea that changes. It fascinates me to believe something which can sound like science-fiction probably to so many at a first glance.

The narrator is great, but given the chance I would request Marc Vietor for this author's books. He is my favorite narrator of this author I have yet heard.

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Too introductory, not a good use of time

I stopped after finishing Part 1 and ~25% of the book. I only recommend this book for people who have virtually no knowledge about space exploration and modern technology. If you have watched even a handful of TedTalks, read some articles, or took a class in astronomy -- this is not a good use of your time. This book assumes you have a middle/high school level knowledge about the world from 2018. 3 years later and a several of the timelines, initiatives and prospects of various technologies have already evolved or changed.

More substantively, this book is too steeped in scientism and comes with several implied perspectives/assumptions that form the foundation of the purpose of this text, but are never articulated or justified. Specifically, the belief inherent in the text is humanity needs to as urgently as possible become a multi-planet species to increase our chance of survival and it is implied we should do this at all costs. Michio spends quite some time describing the nature of existential risks to the species, from asteroids, to the sun burning out, to disease, to climate change, but never explains why he thinks investing as much as possible in space exploration vs say preventing climate change is what we should do. This assumption instead just creeps throughout the text, where governments are slandered for being bureaucratic and short-sighted, voters (and the reader) are spoken to like they are ignorant about the value of science, and billionaires and scientists are the heroes moving humanity forward. The future of humanity, to Michio, seems to be exclusively a question of science and engineering -- and political, social and economic factors that are crucial for space exploration, nevermind the tradeoffs needed to justify the more aggressive investment, get footnotes and side mentions.

An example of illustrating the above critiques: Michio describes efforts in Silicon Valley to begin mining asteroids and on the moon. In so doing, he mentions that the Outer Space Treaty has worked remarkably well in ensuring no nations make claims to territory in space or put weapons there (there are questions if this is true) and adds the casual one sentence aside that there is no provision for how private property works in space -- just national sovereignty. That's it. Two hugely important factors (military and private property law) for whether/how humans even move from earth orbit to the moon (never mind beyond to Mars etc.) are just completely glossed over. Simultaneously in the same chapter, Michio devotes a bunch of time telling the story of Elon Musk's childhood, career, inspirations and motivations for founding a company that will go to Mars... and praising him for losing patience with the slow government programs that only aim to go in 2040-2060 rather than by the 2030s. Nowhere does he discuss why this accelerated timeline is a worthwhile investment if the overarching goal is to reduce risks to human survival (how worried should we be about asteroids vs climate change or disease in the next 2 centuries?) -- instead just plowing ahead to providing descriptions of how awesome it would feel to be a tourist on Martian mountains and how different sports would be, listing several, and going into details about them such as how football would change because the football would spin differently.

What is prioritized vs not for this text is confusing, and it very much feels like it is written by an astrophysicist trying to get ignorant normal people excited about how science and technology will solve all our problems.

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Good Intro into the mind of Michio Kaku

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book given Kaku's repution withing the scientific community. While the story is insightful and gives you a preliminary understanding of basic scientific projections into future possibilities, I found that some of the analysis he uses to support his arguments are flawed with incomplete or outdated understandings of certain subjects. It felt as though he took the works of Isaac Asimov and tried to apply mismatched or misunderstood current scientific theories in order to realize Asimov's creations and apply them to his projection of the future possibilities of mankind. After saying all that, I would still recommend reading this book and applying critical analysis to his vison of the future. The book is a good read and gets ones mind moving and thinking of the possibilities of human achievement and scientific possibilities in mans future if we just apply ourselves.

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A lot of the same stuff

There was a lot repeated from other books but ultimately this felt like a huge one sided "what if" convo. It was a lovely piece of escapism.

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