Dr. Michio Kaku, the author of some FAB reads and most recently, The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, is full of compelling foresight. I first saw him speak at ISTE 2106 and what he had to say was mind-boggling. Kaku’s talk was about how the world itself, on multiple levels, is changing. This is not necessarily a talk that most expect to hear at an edtech conference. In my opinion, one of the most impactful comments he made was that in the future, visiting the doctor would be as easy as talking to your bathroom mirror. He touched on many different topics that all would have sounded like science fiction just five years ago. I have been reading and rereading The Future of the Mind and out of all topics included, it is recent human brain discoveries that fascinate me the most. This book gives us an invitation to look at the extraordinary research being done at top universities across the globe. Dr. Kaku writes of what the future might hold, giving us not only a true sense of how the brain functions, but also how new technologies will change our daily lives. Can you imagine that one day we might have a “smart pill” that can heighten our cognition? In his book, Dr. Kaku goes beyond predicting the future and describes laboratories working on things we could never imagine in our wildest dreams.
For those of you who are not familiar with Michio Kaku, he is an American theoretical physicist, futurist, and popularizer of science. Kaku is a professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center. Read more here.