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Futurist to Futurist: An on-campus conversation with Michio Kaku

by Sherrolyn Duffy, College of Business last modified Feb 20, 2012 03:25 PM

(Editor's Note: The location of the Feb. 22 campus event has changed to Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music.)

Futurist to Futurist: An on-campus conversation with Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku

Who are the winners and losers of the future? Who will have jobs? Which nations will prosper?

Michio Kaku, widely known as a futurist and “popularizer” of science, will join Nat Irvin, resident futurist, and W.M. Strickler executive-in-residence, on Belknap Campus Feb. 22 to discuss his latest book, “Physics of the Future.”

Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at City University of New York and co-founder of the “string field theory,” gives provocative and exciting predictions for the 22nd century based on his interviews with more than 300 of the world’s top scientists—cars that drive themselves, space elevators that instantly propel humans above the earth’s atmosphere, human organs grown in labs, pre-designed grandkids and contact lenses that connect to the Internet, are just a few.

“Dr. Kaku has that rare gift of being able to talk about science in such a way that everyone, from all fields of study—arts and sciences, law, engineering, music, business—clearly understands the ways in which our lives will be changed by the revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production and even astronautics,” Irvin said. “I am thrilled to get the chance to dialogue with Dr. Kaku and exchange ideas and visions. This is a great opportunity for our students and the community to get a glimpse into the future.”

The Kentucky Author Forum is sponsoring the campus event at 1 p.m. in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall in the School of Music building. The event is free and open to the public.

Kaku's Kentucky Center evening appearance as guest of the Kentucky Author Forum is sold out.

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