400 pages, 9.51 × 6.45 × 1.34 in
June 24, 2015
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 038553082X
ISBN - 13: 9780385530828
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Houdini believed that telepathy was impossible. But science is provingHoudini wrong. Telepathy is now the subject of intense research at universities aroundthe world, where scientists have already been able to use advanced sensors toread individual words, images, and thoughts in a person’s brain. This couldalter the way we communicate with stroke and accident victims who are“locked in” their bodies, unable to articulate their thoughts except throughblinks. But that’s just the start. Telepathy might also radically change the waywe interact with computers and the outside world. Indeed, in a recent “Next 5 in 5 Forecast,” which predicts five revolutionarydevelopments in the next five years, IBM scientists claimed that we willbe able to mentally communicate with computers, perhaps replacing themouse and voice commands. This means using the power of the mind to callpeople on the phone, pay credit card bills, drive cars, make appointments,create beautiful symphonies and works of art, etc. The possibilities are endless,and it seems that everyone— from computer giants, educators, videogame companies, and music studios to the Pentagon— is converging on thistechnology. True telepathy, found in science-fiction and fantasy novels, is not possiblewithout outside assistance. As we know, the brain is electrical. In general,anytime an electron is accelerated, it gives off electromagnetic radiation. Thesame holds true for electrons oscillating inside the brain, which broadcastsradio
From the Publisher
NOW A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Compelling….Kaku thinks with great breadth, and the vistas he presents us are worth the trip”
—The New York Times Book Review
The New York Times best-selling author of PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE and HYPERSPACE tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.
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 of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.
THE FUTURE OF THE MIND gives us an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics. One day we might have a "smart pill" that can enhance our cognition; be able to upload our brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; send thoughts and emotions around the world on a "brain-net"; control computers and robots with our mind; push the very limits of immortality; and perhaps even send our consciousness across the universe.
Dr. Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functions but also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about "consciousness" and applies it to provide fresh insight into mental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness.
With Dr. Kaku's deep understanding of modern science and keen eye for future developments, THE FUTURE OF THE MIND is a scientific tour de force--an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience.
About the Author
MICHIO KAKU is a professor of physics at the City University of New York, cofounder of string field theory, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Hyperspace, Beyond Einstein, Physics of the Impossible, and Physics of the Future. He is the science correspondent for CBS's This Morning and host of the radio programs Science Fantastic and Explorations in Science.
Praise for The Future of the Mind, #1 New York Times Bestseller “Compelling…Kaku thinks with great breadth, and the vistas he presents us are worth the trip” —The New York Times Book Review “Intriguing….extraordinary findings…A fascinating sprint through everything from telepathy research to the 147,456 processors of the Blue Gene computer, which has been used to simulate 4.5% of the brain’s synapses and neurons”—Nature “Fizzes with his characteristic effervescence….Fascinating….. For all his talk of surrogates and intelligent robots, no manufactured being could have a fraction of his charisma.”—The Independent “A mind-bending study of the possibilities of the brain....a clear and readable guide to what is going on at a time of astonishingly rapid change.”—The Telegraph “In this expansive, illuminating journey through the mind, theoretical physicist Kaku (Physics of the Future) explores fantastical realms of science fiction that may soon become our reality. His futurist framework merges physics with neuroscience... applied to demonstrations that “show proof-of-principle” in accomplishing what was previously fictional: that minds can be read, memories can be digitally stored, and intelligences can be improved to great extents. The discussion, while heavily scientific, is engaging, clear, and replete with cinematic references... These new mental frontiers make for captivating reading”-Publishers Weekly “Kaku turns his attention to the human mind with equally satisfying resul