Physicist explains newest technology at recent lecture

By AARON FLORES//Staff Writer

HOBBS, N.M. — The future for mankind will become a lot more convenient and technology will become more revolutionized before the end of the 21st century.

During a lecture held on Oct. 6 at R.N. Tydings Auditorium in Hobbs, New Mexico, Dr. Michio Kaku, an American theoretical physicist known for being a professor at the City College of New York and the “Ancient Aliens” TV show on the History channel, spoke of what science holds for the human race and how the automotive industry, medical field, military, houses, and everyday technology will become so advanced that the majority of people will think it is unreal.

Dr. Kaku spoke in conjunction with the Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of the Southwest.       

The future for automobiles is going to make driving your vehicle more of luxury than a chore, according to Dr. Kaku. During the past few years, science and automobiles have been coming together to make a new age of smart cars. All vehicles will have built-in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), which means that holding the steering wheel will become a thing of the past.

“It is able to use motion sensors to detect cars in all directions,” said Dr. Kaku. “The A.I. is also able to self-park your vehicle by using the front and back camera so you won’t damage your car by hitting any object behind or in front of you. Every car will have a keypad on the front dash, so all you have to do is punch in a destination and the vehicle will self-drive itself.”

The A.I.’s that will be working for car rentals will have the ability to do guide tours for any city or country you visit. Don’t worry about returning the car, as each car will have the ability to drive itself back to the dealership with no one in it.”

Science and medicine has been working side by side since the start of the 20th century, said Dr. Kaku. The future for the medical field will help with genetically modifying failing organs, missing limbs, memory loss, and medical tools. For the past three years, scientists and doctors have been working on making a functioning kidney, since they have already successfully made a stomach, ears, noises, and heart valves, according to Dr. Kaku.

With the progress that has been made, in the next 20 to 30 years, doctors will be able to make every organ in the human body fully working with no flaws. What doctors do, according to Dr. Kaku, is get a special type of plastic and mold it into the organ or body part they need.

“After the molding process, they place the prosthetic in a pink liquid jar, where it forms with your DNA,” Dr. Kaku explained, “and in less than four weeks, you have a fully developed organ.”

For the people who have missing limbs, they will soon have the luxury of becoming one with machine. Scientists recently gave a war veteran the ability to have his arms back with a small price.

“When you intertwine man and machine, the wires need a place to hook up, so the arms can function in the way the user wants it to,” explained Dr. Kaku.

Doctors and scientists have found safe places in the brain so no harm will occur to the person using the arm.

The same thing goes for people who suffer from amnesia.

“Doctors found areas in the brain where a small chip no bigger than a dime can be implanted so anyone who suffers from any sort of memory loss will have every memory that they ever had will come back as the clearest memory, with full detail and depth,” Dr. Kaku said. “ You never forget a thing again.”

The future for the military is all in the helmet, according to Dr. Kaku. During a trip to Fort Benning in Georgia, Army airborne rangers let Dr. Kaku try the new technology that is built in their visors.

“The visor has the ability to look at the battlefield and identify any military and non-military personnel,” said Dr. Kaku.

This will give the United States military an advantage against any foreign enemy. Technology will soon become more advanced, and life as you once knew will never be the same.

Author: Plainsman Press Staff

The student newspaper of South Plains College.

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