Michio Kaku quotes

  • If you could meet your grandkids as elderly citizens in the year 2100 … you would view them as being, basically, Greek gods… that's where we're headed.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Views #Years #Elderly

  • Think of all the nonsense you had to learn in psychology courses. None of which was testable. None of which was measurable. We had behaviorism, Freudian psychology, all of these theories that you learn in psychology. Totally untestable. Now, we can test it, because physics allows us to calculate energy flows in the brain.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Thinking #Psychology #Brain

  • All kids are born geniuses, but are crushed by society.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Kids #Genius #Born

  • Science is given almost no visibility in the media. If a Martian came down to Earth and watched television, he'd come to the conclusion that all the world's society is based on Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. He'd be amazed that our society hasn't collapsed.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Paris #Media #Television

  • What do oil company executives, vampires and NASA bureaucrats all have in common? They fear solar energy.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Oil #Vampire #Energy

  • Science is the engine of prosperity. But you'd never know it, listening to some of the politicians. They're lawyers and businessmen, not scientists. Lawyers and businessmen massage wealth; they don't create it
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Listening #Massage #Lawyer

  • The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Brain #Sitting #Neurons

  • It would be great if we had our own personal force fields. Just imagine creating your own architecture in your room. Buildings. You wouldn't have to spend all that time saving your money for that second house. You'd simply push a button and have as many houses as you want.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Creating #House #Would Be

  • Music is the voice of God traveling through ten-dimensional hyperspace.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Voice #Music Is

  • Well, Congress gave us a billion dollars to dig the hole, this gigantic hole. Bigger, much bigger than the hole in Geneva, Switzerland. Then they canceled the machine and gave us a second billion dollars to fill up the hole. Two billion dollars to dig a hole and fill it up. That is the wisdom of the United States Congress and it really makes you wonder: Is there intelligent life on the Earth? Certainly not in the United States Congress.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Intelligent #Two #United States

  • It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is quantum theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that quantum theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Science #Going For It #Facts

  • A hydrogen bomb, for me, was puny compared to the Big Bang - the creation of the universe. That's what I really wanted to work on - the nature of the universe itself, and that's what I do for a living.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Hydrogen #Bangs #Bombs

  • The most complex object in the known universe: brain, only uses 20 watts of power. It would require a nuclear power plant to energize a computer the size of a city block to mimic your brain, and your brain does it with just 20 watts. So if someone calls you a dim bulb, that's a compliment.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Block #Cities #Brain

  • We're headed for what is called Type 1 Civilization, planetary civilization. Type 2 would be stellar civilization, like Star Trek. Type 3 Civilization would be galactic, like Star Wars. We are Type 0. We get our energy from dead plants, oil and coal. But the question is: Will we make it? Will we make the transition from Type 0 to Type 1? It's not clear.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Stars #War #Civilization

  • What would happen if history could be rewritten as casually as erasing a blackboard? Our past would be like the shifting sands at the seashore, constantly blown this way or that by the slightest breeze. History would be constantly changing every time someone spun the dial of a time machine and blundered his or her way into the past. History, as we know it, would be impossible. It would cease to exist.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Past #Machines #Way

  • Eternal life does not violate the laws of physics. After all, we only die because of one word: "error." The longer we live, the more errors there are that are made by our bodies when they read our genes. That means cells get sluggish. The body doesn't function as well as it could, which is why the skin ages. Then organs eventually fail, so that's why we die.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Mean #Cells #Law

  • It would take a civilization far more advanced than ours, unbelievably advanced, to begin to manipulate negative energy to create gateways to the past. But if you could obtain large quantities of negative energy-and that's a big "IF"-then you could create a time machine that apparently obeys Einstein's equation and perhaps the laws of quantum theory.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Past #Law #Civilization

  • There's the caveman in us. The caveman in you says, "I want direct contact. I don't want a picture." The caveman in our body says once in a while, we have to go outside. We have to meet real people, talk to real people, and do real things.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Real #People #Body

  • Like music or art, mathematical equations can have a natural progression and logic that can evoke rare passions in a scientist. Although the lay public considers mathematical equations to be rather opaque, to a scientist an equation is very much like a movement in a larger symphony. Simplicity. Elegance. These are the qualities that have inspired some of the greatest artists to create their masterpieces, and they are precisely the same qualities that motivate scientists to search for the laws of nature. LIke a work of art or a haunting poem, equations have a beauty and rhythm all their own.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Art #Passion #Law

  • What I do for living, working on something called string theory which we think may answer the fundamental question: Are there other universes? Can you go through a black hole? Can you warp the fabric of space and time and meet your mother before you were born? These are all questions that in principle string theory should be able to answer.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Mother #Thinking #Space

  • I often think that we are like the carp swimming contentedly in that pond. We live out our lives in our own "pond," confident that our universe consists of only the familiar and the visible. We smugly refuse to admit that parallel universes or dimensions can exist next to ours, just beyond our grasp. If our scientists invent concepts like forces, it is only because they cannot visualize the invisible vibrations that fill the empty space around us. Some scientists sneer at the mention of higher dimensions because they cannot be conveniently measured in the laboratory.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Swimming #Thinking #Space

  • If you take a look at the most fantastic schemes that are considered impossible: teleportation, warp drive, parallel universes, other dimensions, artificial intelligence, ray guns, you realize that they can be possible if we advance technology a little bit.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Gun #Technology #Looks

  • To a physicist, we have the 'I' word, the I-word is 'impossible.' That's dangerous.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Impossible #Dangerous #Physicist

  • If you want to see a black hole tonight, tonight just look in the direction of Sagittarius, the constellation. That's the center of the Milky Way Galaxy and there's a raging black hole at the very center of that constellation that holds the galaxy together.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Black #Together #Looks

  • When we're born, we want to know why the stars shine. We want to know why the sun rises.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Stars #Shining #Want

  • Some people seek meaning in life through personal gain, through personal relationship, or through personal experiences. However, it seems to me that being blessed with the intellect to divine the ultimate secrets of nature gives meaning enough to life.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Blessed #People #Giving

  • A human body can think thoughts, play a piano, kill germs, remove toxins, make a baby all at once. Once it's doing that your biological rhythms are actually mirroring the symphony of the universe because you have circadian rhythms, seasonal rhythms, tidal rhythms you know they mirror everything that is happening in the whole universe.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Baby #Thinking #Mirrors

  • We're in 'Jurassic Park' territory. If we go to the zoo in the future, we'll have zoos for extinct animals.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Zoos #Animal #Jurassic Park

  • I believe we exist in a multiverse of universes.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Believe #I Believe #Multiverse

  • The job market of the future will consist of those jobs that robots cannot perform. Our blue-collar work is pattern recognition, making sense of what you see. Gardeners will still have jobs because every garden is different. The same goes for construction workers. The losers are white-collar workers, low-level accountants, brokers, and agents.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Jobs #Garden #Blue

  • What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems... there's no law of physics preventing them.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Law #Engineering #Impossible

  • ...the laws of physics, carefully constructed after thousands of years of experimentation, are nothing but the laws of harmony one can write down for strings and membranes. The laws of chemistry are the melodies that one can play on these strings. the universe is a symphony of strings. And the "Mind of God," which Einstein wrote eloquently about, is cosmic music resonating throughout hyperspace.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Writing #Law #Play

  • As Heinz Pagels has said, The challenge to our civilization which has come from our knowledge of the cosmic energies that fuels the stars, the movement of light and electrons through matter, the intricate molecular order which is the biological basis of life, must be met by the creation of a moral and political order which will accommodate these forces or we shall be destroyed. It will try our deepest resources of reason and compassion.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Stars #Compassion #Light

  • In string theory, all particles are vibrations on a tiny rubber band; physics is the harmonies on the string; chemistry is the melodies we play on vibrating strings; the universe is a symphony of strings, and the 'Mind of God' is cosmic music resonating in 11 dimensional hyperspace.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Play #Symphony #Mind

  • In the future, you'll simply jump into your car, turn on the Internet, turn on a movie and sit back and relax and turn on the automatic pilot, and the car will drive itself.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Car #Relax #Pilots

  • In the 1950s, we had all these B-grade science-fiction movies. The point was to scare the public and get them to buy popcorn. No attempt was made to create movies that were somewhat inherent to the truth.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Scare #Fiction #Popcorn

  • I vowed to myself that when I grew up and became a theoretical physicist, in addition to doing research, I would write books that I would have liked to have read as a child. So whenever I write, I imagine myself, as a youth, reading my books, being thrilled by the incredible advances being made in physics and science.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Children #Book #Reading

  • No one knows when a robot will approach human intelligence, but I suspect it will be late in the 21st century. Will they be dangerous? Possibly. So I suggest we put a chip in their brain to shut them off if they have murderous thoughts.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Brain #Robots #Chips

  • Sooner or later, we will face a catastrophic threat from space. Of all the possible threats, only a gigantic asteroid hit can destroy the entire planet. If we prepare now, we better our odds of survival. The dinosaurs never knew what hit them.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Space #Odds #Survival

  • Technologies that may be realized in centuries or millennium include: warp drive, traveling faster than the speed of light, parallel universes; are there other parallel dimensions and parallel realities? Time travel that we mentioned and going to the stars.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Stars #Technology #Reality

  • The energy necessary to create a wormhole or to wrap time into nuts is incredible. It's not for us. It's maybe for our descendants who have mastered the energy of this technology. So if one day, somebody knocks on your door and claims to be your great great great great granddaughter, don't slam the door.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Technology #Doors #Nuts

  • The universe is a symphony of strings, and the mind of God that Einstein eloquently wrote about for thirty years would be cosmic music resonating through eleven-dimensional hyper space.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Years #Symphony #Space

  • When I get bored, or get stuck on an equation, I like to go ice skating, but it makes you forget your problem. Then you can tackle the problem with a fresh new insight. Einstein liked to play the violin to relax. Every physicist likes to have a past time. Mine is ice skating.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Past #Ice #Play

  • When you come up with a theory, you fall in love with the beauty the simplicity and elegance of it. But then you have to get a sheet of paper and pencil and crack out all the details. Hundreds and hundreds of pages. Because you have to prove it.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Falling In Love #Simplicity #Details

  • You know; when I look at the night sky and I see this enormous splendor of stars and galaxies, I sometimes ask the question, well how many worlds are we talking about? Well do the math, there are about 100 billion galaxies that are in the visible universe and each galaxy in turn contains about 100 billion stars, you multiply and you get about ten billion trillion stars. Well I think it is the height of arrogance to believe that we are alone in the universe, my attitude is that the universe is teaming, teaming with different kinds of life forms
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Stars #Attitude #Believe

  • I used to watch the old 'Flash Gordon' series on TV, and it was thrilling to rocket to the planet Mongo every week. But after a while, I figured out that although Flash got the girl and all the accolades, it was really Dr. Zarkov who made the series work. Without Dr. Zarkov, there could be no Flash Gordon.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Girl #Drs #Watches

  • I realized very early in life what my abilities and limitations were, and foreign languages was definitely one of my limitations. With strenuous effort, I just barely passed my French class at Harvard so I could graduate.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Class #Effort #Language

  • Futurism today is led by science-fiction writers, by sociologists, by historians. Now, I have nothing against them. I'm sure they do great work. But they're not scientists. They're clueless.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Clueless #Fiction #Today

  • Common sense has no place in Quantum Mechanics.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Common Sense #Mechanic #Quantum

  • I'm a physicist, and we have something called Moore's Law, which says computer power doubles every 18 months. So every Christmas, we more or less assume that our toys and appliances are more or less twice as powerful as the previous Christmas.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Christmas #Powerful #Law

  • Science fiction without the science just becomes, you know, sword and sorcery, basically stories about heroism and not much more.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Heroism #Fiction #Stories

  • My point is, no one can stop the Internet. No one can stop that march. It doesn't mean that it's going to be smooth, though.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Mean #March #Internet

  • In science, nothing is ever 100% proven.
    -- Michio Kaku

  • So often, science fiction helps to get young people interested in science. That's why I don't mind talking about science fiction. It has a real role to play: to seize the imagination.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Real #Talking #Play

  • Global warming is controversial, of course, but the controversy is mainly over whether human activity is driving it.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Driving #Global Warming #Controversial

  • Chemistry is the melodies you can play on vibrating strings.
    -- Michio Kaku

    #Play #Chemistry #Strings