The (im) possible future of mankind

11 Apr

He criticizes the part of the technoprofetas, it is possible to make speculations, in the field of hypotheses, therefore, on the future of humanity, this is the most recent book of Michio Kaku, where he explores in rich details of physical and theoretical possibilities how humanity can, in gradual steps and certainly looked at by ethical committees, to develop a sustainable civilization in outer space.

It is necessary to take a few steps back and see how much we have already achieved by reading another book of this renowned physicist and someone who goes in the field of hypotheses with fundamentals and theoretical basis for speculation.

The  book “ The Physics of the Impossible” in his 2008 book, Good Portuguese Translation by the Bizâncio Editorial, shows in what field is physics, the advances already known and the promised ones. After going through the great physicists of the nineteenth century, James Maxwell, who questioned the fact that magnetic fields can become electric and vice versa in a clear discontinuity, and go to the possibilities of invisibility based on nanotechnology of metamaterials, it falls in reality and says: “most nanotechnology machines are nothing more than toys.” (page 51)

Kaku’s second quest is teleportation, Einstein’s famous article, in which he and other colleagues test the phenomenon of quanta teleporting without going through an intermediate stage, breaks with the Aristotelian principle to go from A to B through C intermediate, has been demonstrated in the last fifty years, despite the questionnaire of Einstein, Poldoslky and Rosen, reason why it became known as EPR phenomenon.

We have already posted on robots, now we want to talk about artificial intelligence, Kaku wrote: “The supreme irony is that machines can easily perform tasks that humans consider difficult, like multiplying large numbers or playing chess, but failed when asks them to do things that are extremely ‘easy’ for humans, such as walking in a room, recognizing faces, or chattering with a friend. ”

Take the speech from Marvin Minsky of MIT, one of the founders of AI, who summed up the problem as follows: “The story of AI is funny, for the first real deeds were beautiful things, like a machine demonstrating logic or did well in a course of calculation. But then we started trying to make machines that could answer questions about the kinds of simple stories that are found in a book in the first year of elementary school. Today there is no machine that can achieve this “(p.131).

We will explore in the next post, (im) real possibilities, in Kaku’s view.


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