UBC Connects with Michio Kaku – Michio’s Vision for the Future


So, the future is going to look very much
like a science fiction movie, like in Star Trek, you enter a holodeck, you can visit
any world, visit alien creatures, interact with people from around the world in your
private holodeck. And this is the car of the future. As I said before, transportation is the next
big industry to be digitized. Artificial intelligence is good enough now
so that your car can park itself and drive itself. So, I say that in the future the automobile
industry will be eaten up by the robotics industry. I repeat the robotics industry will be bigger
than the automobile industry of today. How do we know that? Because in the future, your car will become
a robot. You’ll talk to your car, you’ll argue with
your car, you’ll have great conversations with your car, your car will recommend different
places to go, identify sights as you see them. You’ll treat your car like a companion and
no parking necessary. I live in New York City where parking is almost
impossible, so in the future you simply talk to your wrist watch, call for the car and
then afterwards say, “Car, park yourself.” The car parks itself and afterwards, you call
for the car again with your wrist watch and say, “Car, come pick me up and then park yourself
again.” In other words, things are going to change. Insurance rates could decrease because car
accidents will become a thing of the past. And it also means that people may not want
to own a car because when you need a car, you simply call for it on your wrist watch. You may want to lease a car instead. So our car will become part of this great
digital world and the car industry will be eaten up by the robotics industry. Millions of people will be employed to design,
repair, modify, take care of robots. And not just cars, but cars will fly. Yes cars can fly. It turns out they’re kind of expensive but
next month I’m speaking in Dubai where Uber has already signed a contract to put into
process cars that fly. Not only that, but you will be able to go
supersonic in commercial transport. Now this means that you’ll be able to have
breakfast in New York, lunch in Tokyo, and dinner back in New York again. How’s that possible? Well, we had the Concorde. Remember the Concorde: supersonic transport,
go to London in 3 hours? Well, there was a problem with that: the sonic
boom. The sonic boom shattered windows everywhere
the Concorde went because the Concorde used 1960 technology to design the wings. Think about that: 1960 technology to design
the airflow over the wings. No wonder it created a sonic boom. Today, we have supercomputers. Your cell phone today has more computer power
than all of NASA in 1969 when they put two men on the moon. Think about that. Your cell phone has more computer power than
all the great pentagons and nations of the world in 1969. In fact, it was criminal the way NASA was
sending humans into outer space backed up by one cellphone. But that’s what they did back in the 1960s. Now, we have supercomputers that can model
supersonic airflow and reduce the sonic boom so that you’ll be able to travel around the
world in just a few hours. And then beyond that, we’re going to go to
the Moon and onto Mars. As I said, we physicists are the ones who
created the space program. Wernher von Braun for example was a PhD, had
a PhD in physics. We’re going back to the Moon starting next
year. In December of 2019, the SLS booster rocket
is scheduled to shoot an unmanned space probe around the Moon. And we’re going to have a new rocket being
built by Elon Musk to take us to Mars. This new rocket has been recently named – this
huge rocket to take us to the Moon and to Mars is called the ‘BFR’: ‘B’ for big, ‘R’
for rocket and ‘F’ for your imagination.

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