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The Future of Humanity

Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth
Written by: Michio Kaku
Narrated by: Feodor Chin
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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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

What the critics say

"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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Skimming the surface

The subject is expansive. While many interesting topics are introduced, most are truncated by the author's opinion or simplified predictions. Without any background in this area, the book is a reasonable and optimistic starting point. Unfortunately, familiarity with specific topics made me wish for a more focused book.

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Not his best work

This book was a simplified summary of scientific theory and possible technological developments. It didn't explore new ideas like some of this author's other books. Good if you are new to the topic, but repetitive if you already have some knowledge in this area. #Audible1

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  • 2018-03-01

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-26

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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  • Nickolas S Rudolph
  • 2018-12-21

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-03-03

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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  • Robert Veltri
  • 2018-10-09

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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  • miamommy
  • 2018-10-01

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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  • Nikoly
  • 2018-03-20

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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  • Nat Smith
  • 2018-02-25

Simply a compilation of many other books

I expected something new here. Perhaps that is my error, But the author has extraordinary credentials and so I expected new information. Instead, this book simply takes snippets of information from many other books which have all already published these ideas.

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  • Daryle C. Taylor
  • 2018-03-01

He's a very pessimistic optimist

Although the book did contain some interesting insights, overall I found it to be a rehashing of already talked about topics. His views on timelines seem very pessimistic and he goes so far as to say that we won't be able to achieve faster than light travel until we become a type 3 civilization? Really? I think he leans too heavily on string theory which still remains very elusive and rejects the notion that we are very close (within this century) to realizing human habitation of other planets.

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  • J. Harville
  • 2019-07-22

lots of great things to think about.

I love thinking about where humanity and life on Earth could go in the future. I think there is great value in periodically challenging our current view with what we used to think, and folding in some new ideas about how we continue to grow as a planet and beyond.