Theoretical physicist and futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku, joins a special news series, ‘CNBC: The Future of Us’ — a look at how robotics, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things will transform the way we live and work.
The series begins with life extension and cryonics by way of a pioneering company in Arizona offering a chance at immortality for $200,000 U.S. dollars. More than a thousand people have already signed up to be frozen at death. Is this just nonsense or is it the next big thing? WATCH NOW!
Japan, Ecuador, and the entire west coast of the United States all reside on the same tectonic "Ring of Fire". Both Japan and Ecuador just endured three deadly rapid-succession earthquakes. Is the U.S. next? Understanding how these quake sites are connected offers us a better grasp at predicting future seismic surges. CBS NEWS science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, appeared live on CBSN to talk about these recent seismic events and what we need to be thinking about as this activity inevitably continues, potentially closer to home. WATCH NOW!
Why do we add an extra day to the month of February every four years? Does it carry some cultural or historical significance? Does it relate to weather or agricultural cycles? Do we even need leap years?
Scientists at LIGO, a joint scientific collaboration of Caltech and MIT, have proven the existence of gravitational waves — strange ripples in space-time foreseen by Albert Einstein over a century ago in his enduring general theory of relativity and evidenced by LIGO‘s groundbreaking achievement. The discovery is heralded as "the breakthrough of the century" and a clear vindication for Einstein’s work.
Via remote feed from Amsterdam, CBS NEWS science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, joined LIGO scientist Duncan Brown on a live CBSN broadcast to explain what it all means and why it matters. Kaku proclaimed, "This is going to open up a whole new chapter in astronomy and cosmology," adding his assertion that the emergence of gravity-wave astronomy offers "a window on creation itself." WATCH NOW!
A new position paper, recently released by the European Science Foundation entitled "Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience," which urges scientists to "develop their capacity to make reliable and timely warnings of [volcanic] eruptions," cites the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park specifically as both a natural hazard and potential threat to millions of human lives.
How big is this threat? Could there be an all-out disaster that devastates the nation or are we getting ahead of ourselves? Physicist, futurist, and bestselling author Dr. Michio Kaku provides perspective to help size up the possible danger and better interpret these findings. WATCH NOW!
Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. In a series of four special featurettes released by 20th Century FOX, legendary physicist Dr. Michio Kaku tells us why there’s more to the science of Fantastic Four than you may expect. The videos feature a healthy amount of new Fantastic Four footage that should whet your appetite for the movie, which hits theaters on August 7th. The first is entitled ‘Alternate Dimensions.’ WATCH NOW!
CBS News science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku returns to ‘CBS This Morning’ to discuss Kathryn Schulz‘s recent New Yorker article, ‘The Really Big One’ — an examination of the Cascadia subduction zone that predicts a "mega-quake" capable of wiping out a major portion of the Pacific Northwest and potentially triggering the worst natural disaster in North American recorded history. WATCH NOW!
On the historic success of NASA‘s space mission to the Pluto System, the New Horizons space probe has started sending back the first-ever high resolution close-up images of the dwarf planet’s surface. The data is traveling across a staggering three billion miles of space — the same distance traveled by the probe on its trek to Pluto and beyond. Meanwhile, here on Earth, scientists are studying the data as it continues to stream in. Dr. Michio Kaku joins Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s ‘The Ed Show’ to discuss the scientific and historic significance of New Horizons revelations about Pluto. WATCH NOW!
A recent New Yorker report predicts a so-called "mega-quake," a catastrophic seismic event, likely to destroy a significant part of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States — taking the lives of an estimated 13,000 people along with it. Worse still, the report cites FEMA calculations indicating that such an earthquake would seem to be overdue. Physicist and futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku joins Shepard Smith on FOX NEWS to confirm that the danger is far from overstated. "The Cascadia fault is an earthquake waiting to happen," said Kaku, "We know it’s going to happen with an energy 30 times the maximum energy of the San Andreas fault." WATCH NOW!
Three billion miles from Earth, NASA‘s New Horizons space probe just flew by Pluto. The journey to the farthest edge of our solar system took nearly a decade to achieve. CBS News science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, who wrote an op-ed article for the Wall Street Journal entitled ‘That Pluto Probe Just Might Save the Earth’, joins ‘CBS This Morning’ to explain how this feat affects us here at home. WATCH NOW!
New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft humanity has ever launched has also traveled longer and farther than any other — more than nine years and three billion miles — beyond any space mission in history to reach its primary target. Today marks a historic milestone in the journey, as New Horizons flies by Pluto and its system of at least five known moons, sending back breakthrough reconnaissance. What new insights will that Pluto probe reveal to expand our understanding of other such planet-threatening comets? Dr. Michio Kaku offers us his perspective in a special op-ed article written by Dr. Kaku himself for the Wall Street Journal. READ NOW!
Dr. Michio Kaku made a special appearance at the world famous 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada yesterday, as the invited guest of TOYOTA. Kaku’s visit started not at a lectern, but at the wave of a checkered flag, as he took the wheel at TOYOTA‘s I DROVE i-ROAD exhibit.
The i-ROAD is a new concept in urban mobility that combines the potential of both cars and motorbikes with next generation performance in terms of driving, size and environmental performance.
The evening culminated in a themed VIP event, presented by TOYOTA, entitled ‘HOW WE’LL LIVE IN 2100’ featuring a private talk by Dr. Kaku, accompanied by a special dinner prepared by food futurist and celebrity chef, Richard Blais. Go to Dr. Kaku’s Official Twitter for more. Ready to see Dr. Kaku take the i-ROAD for a spin? WATCH NOW!
If you could be among the first human beings ever to step foot on planet Mars, would you go? Before you answer, there’s a major catch: the trip is strictly one-way. Still interested? Then there might be a future for you in space exploration AND reality television… Mars One, a controversial and widely criticized Netherlands-based non-profit company led by Dutch entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorp, plans to land the first humans onto Mars and establish a permanent human colony there by 2025. Bootstrapped by a crowdfunding campaign and reality TV pitch, Mars One is recruiting volunteer amateur space enthusiasts to take the plunge.
Reaction has been split, with many doubting if Lansdorp‘s mission will even launch, much less succeed. Dr. Michio Kaku, famed astrophysicist and known proponent of both private and government funded space exploration is, in this case, among the skeptics. In a recent ABC News NIGHTLINE story profiling the audacious endeavor, Kaku explains, “This has the atmosphere of a circus, where you have amateurs simply raising their hand, volunteering to be the first person on Mars. They have set impossibly unrealistic deadlines and the amount of money that you have to have to go to Mars is incredible, perhaps 50 to several hundred billion dollars. Given the fact that this will be untested technology, I would assume that the failure rate would be about 90 to 95 percent for a mission of this magnitude. In other words, it’s a tragedy waiting to happen.”
Would you take your own ‘giant leap’ against-the-odds on a no-way-back ride to the red planet? Would you leave behind all your earthly attachments to join this unproven ragtag group of true believers? Dr. Kaku encourages you to decide for yourself after you’ve seen the full story on video. WATCH NOW!
At the recent BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards in London, England, cosmologist Stephen Hawking said, “The human failing I would most like to correct is ‘aggression.’ It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.” He warns that major nuclear war could be the end of civilization, possibly humankind.
As both a physicist and an optimist, Dr. Michio Kaku sees the very same scenario as motivation for ingenuity and opportunity. Specifically, using science, technology, and strides in space exploration to strengthen humanity’s presence (and its chances) to survive and even prosper beyond our earthly limits, out in space — to become, as he puts it, a “2 Planet Species.”
Dr. Kaku returns again on MSNBC’s ‘The Ed Show’ to discuss Hawking‘s remarks as he presents his own insights along with solutions that could be like an “insurance policy” for the human race. WATCH NOW!