The Curiosity Podcast

Will We Ever Travel Across the Universe? Michio Kaku Has an Answer

Mining asteroids, traveling on laser beams, and developing self-aware robots: science fiction or science fact? World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku says that these milestones are not only in humanity's future, but are beginning to occur right now. Dr. Kaku joins the Curiosity Podcast for a fascinating inside look at interstellar travel, artificial intelligence, human immortality, and alien contact. Stream or download the podcast using the player below or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Gretta.

To Infinity and Beyond

Dr. Michio Kaku, world-renowned physicist and futurist and author of "The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth," discusses:

  • What does the "second space race" look like, who's involved, and where's the finish line?
  • Why asteroid mining could become the next gold rush for nations and entrepreneurs.
  • How humans will travel to planets that are several light-years away.
  • A brief primer on string theory, string field theory, and nuclear and fusion power.
  • Who's right about artificial intelligence: Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg?
  • How humans will become immortal in the future — and how we've already started.
  • What it means for humans to transition from a Type 0 civilization to a Type I civilization, and the implications for the future of the human race.
  • Aliens: what they look like, where they are, and when we'll encounter them.

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About the Curiosity Podcast: Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each week, we talk to experts who can help you get smart about the world around you, with a timely blend of cultural trends, life hacks, and developments in science and technology. You'll learn about your mind and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, our curiosity will help you understand the world better.

Written by Cody Gough March 13, 2018