The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province ...more
Futurism is little more than making extravagant predictions while hand-waving away the very real technical issues that stand between the present and that predicted future. In my field of computer programming, we often tell stories of "the suf ...more
In this book, City University of New York Professor Michio Kaku, a well-respected theoretical physicist has discussed our current understanding of human mind and consciousness, and where it is heading in the next few decades. He has followed his life-long interest in biology of mind in this exhaustive literature work after his discussion with leading neurobiologists. Despite the fact that his field of expertise lies in theoretical physics, this ...more
It's a nice summary of the state of knowledge about the human brain... how it works, how technology is being used to learn more about it and how technology is being used to fix it/control it.
The level of technical skill needed to read this book is on a par with any of the popular science shows on the Discovery Channel. That's not a complaint; I like the 30,000 foot view it provides.
But the constant surface treatme ...more
Vanilla Sky, anyone? Kaku did a great job tying modern culture into the book, from robots and Skynet, to hard science.
However ... more than half the book was filled with "maybe this could happen," "this might be possible," and "one day, if ..."—which really got old fast.
Yes, I should have known better from the title, *The Future of the ...more
Don't get me wrong. I like Michio Kaku. He's a very charismatic speaker. But I just don't like to waste my time on magazine-level introductory knowledge. ...more
This is a readable, fascinating introduction to what we know about the workings of the human brain, and how the mind emerges from it, as well as the current state ...more
The types of things that scientists are working on today make me sad that I probably won’t be around to benefit from them. Some of these “mind” things as well as robotics are ...more
Of all the great science ...more
5 Stars - Exciting read, filled with interesting facts and mind boggling ideas. Great read for a wide range of those interested in the future of science and the brain!
What a fun read this was! Not often do books make me want to hide away from the world, until I can finish it in one read. While working my way through this one, I never did want to put it down, except when coming across an experiment that Michio Kaku touched upon, that I wanted to jump further into online.
On t ...more
Not only does the science feel watered down at times, but the effect is heightened with the author (maybe the...more
As a theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku may not be the obvious choice to tackle the subject of the science of the brain, but he undoubtedly has a gift for writing about complex subjects in an accessible way. In this book he looks at the history of neuroscience, where we are now, and then spends a huge chunk of the book speculating about where the scientists may take us in the future.
He starts by describing the physical properties of the brain, explaining how over the l ...more
Surprisingly, this is immensely readable and entertaining. I was expecting a larger-than-life tome that cranked out gibberish; that is, gibberish for folks like me who, albeit fascinated with this world, find it hard to walk and talk at the same time.
I was entranced by the author's readability and his tantalizing offerings on the potential of the human brain. The future is not "someday". It is ...more
Author Michio Kaku:
The Future of the Mind is a great example of a book with effective communication; Kaku writes in a clear and concise manner. The book is also written in terms accessible to the layperson, and not too full of technical jargon. When Kaku needs to get a bit more in-depth, he provides the reader with a brief contextual explanatio ...more
The main argument: Up until 15 to 20 years ago the instruments and methods used to study the brain were still somewhat primitive. Since this time, however, advances in brain-imaging and brain-probing technology have gone into overdrive—as have the computers needed to make sense of the data coming out of these technologies. The deluge began in the early to mid 1990’s with the magnetic resonance imagi ...more
“If our brains were simple enough to be understood, we wouldn’t be smart enough to understand them.” Anonymous
What is consciousness? Kaku proposes the corporate model. Consciousness is the CEO, the place wh ...more
For each topic, he giv ...more
Human Consciousness, Freewill, mental illnesses, Aliens, Robo ...more
Kaku’s ability to explain complex concepts, in easy to understand terms and examples, makes this an easy and enjoyable read. His passion for the topic comes through in ...more
Downloading our personal neural map (consciousness) onto a robot, or a computer software, leaving our aging physcial bodies was the most mindblowing part.
Unfortunately, at the final chapters, the author deviates from the main subject - the mind - and starts talking about irrelevant aspects of robots aloooooot. I just didnt like cramming too much engineering aspects of robots into such a book.
Despite his divergence from the fields of Biology and Neuroscience , Michio Kaku's fervent curiosity manipulates his pen as he unravels the hidden realms lying on top of our shoulders.
This book truly helps you understand, enhance and empower your mind, ...more
If you have any interest in the human brain whatsoever (which you should!), then you need to read this book.
Kaku describes many a weird brain phenomenon, mental illness, visions of future human intelligence, artificial intelligence, and uses many popular Hollywood movie analogies, which all in all make for captivating reading.
Kaku, being a physicist, also entwines quantum physics within this book about the human mind, especially within th ...more
Russian: Митио Каку
Dr. Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist at the City College of New York , best-selling author, a futurist, and a communicator and popularizer of science. He has written several books about physics and related topics of science.
He has written two New York Times Best Sellers, Physics of the Impossible (2008) and Physic ...more