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The Future of Humanity

Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond
Narrated by: Feodor Chin
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku, read by Feodor Chin.

Human civilisation is on the verge of spreading beyond Earth. More than a possibility, it is becoming a necessity: whether our hand is forced by climate change and resource depletion or whether future catastrophes compel us to abandon Earth, one day we will make our homes among the stars.

World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, accessible detail how humanity might gradually develop a sustainable civilisation in outer space. With his trademark storytelling verve, Kaku shows us how science fiction is becoming reality: mind-boggling developments in robotics, nanotechnology and biotechnology could enable us to build habitable cities on Mars; nearby stars might be reached by microscopic spaceships sailing through space on laser beams; and technology might one day allow us to transcend our physical bodies entirely.

With irrepressible enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes listeners on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity could finally fulfil its long-awaited destiny among the stars - and perhaps even achieve immortality.

©2018 Michio Kaku (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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womderful collection of wisdom

loved but will requirw a few more listens to comprehend. whilst explained in laymans terms the concepts are amazingly deep.

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Fascinating

Absolutely fascinating look at our universe and the potential wonders or struggles that it faces

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  • Zoe
  • 14-02-2019

Really Enjoyed

I found this book very interesting and well written. You don't have to be a scientist to enjoy.

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Well read, spoken just how Michio Kaku does.

Great book to listen to on the way to work, to get the brain ticking, not the best before bead tho.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-2018

Like 10 SF books compressed into one

Excellent book, filled with interesting, up to date information and imaginative speculation that's beautifully and coherently presented.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-2018

Great book. Well explained and funny.

It's the second book by Michio Kaku I have finished.
I really enjoyed both.
I hope he will write something similar in a couple of years.

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  • ujjwal kumar
  • 14-10-2018

though enlightening but complex

I think you should have some idea of modern physics before you start listening to this book. though the author has tried hard to explain complex concepts with analogies but sometimes the concepts are too complex but fascinating.

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  • julian
  • 06-06-2018

Ideas and insights of what we are to become

So happy I got this book!
It’s basically a step by step guide to what we could become where we will go and how we will achieve it.
Using all of the best current knowledge and as it goes further on, theoretical ideas with a scattering of sci-fi references and concepts, this book takes you on a journey from where we are now into the possibilities of mankind’s future.

All and all, I got a lot out of this book, our current status, next step possibilities and necessary technologies to go along with it.
I hope more people take the opportunity to listen to this book.

I’m honestly surprised it doesn’t have more reviews I found it comparable to the book sapiens by yuval Noah harari and while listening to it felt the same exulted feeling of happiness knowing I found something important to listen to.

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  • Ridhaa Ahmed
  • 21-05-2018

Bringing it down to earth

I enjoyed this book and the way in which it explained new concepts to me in a down to earth and relatable way. I don't get the impression of the author being a pretentious nut as so many of these types of authors tend to be in their books. A great job and fascinating collections of concepts. A job well done.

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  • Heisenberg
  • 10-03-2018

Good overview, but a little disappointing.

I have previously read Kaku's Parallel worlds, and enjoyed it, but I found this a little disappointing. It gives a reasonable overview of where we are on solar exploration and other issues effecting humanity's future, but there seemed little genuinely new here. Plenty of speculation, but I felt it was ultimately insubstantial. I also felt the narrator a little monotonous in tone. I wanted, and hoped, to like this more than I did.

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  • Dara
  • 11-05-2019

Excellent book

Michio Kaku is an excellent author and thinker, very open to ideas and does not argue from authority or ridicule. Some excellent proposed ideas in here. The only thing I would have preferred is Michio to read this himself although the narration was excellent too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-2018

A physics book with some new info.

In this book Michio Kaku shares his thoughts on the challenges of terraforming other planets and why we should do it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-2018

Amazing

Amazing book gripped me so much I couldn't stop. Listening all in all I will be listening again.

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  • Ian B. Mckenna
  • 02-09-2018

Fascinating but could probably be half the length & just as informative

A genuinely fascinating book although the second half came across to me as predominantly an exploration of elements of the various different theories of physics. Interesting but as a beginner quite hard work.

The writing style is rather repetitive with a similar approach to quoting third-parties used over and over.

What the book really lacks is a good edit, if recompiled it could be substantially more concise and compelling.

Very clearly enunciated narration, if a little flat. I suspect this is purely a matter of personal taste.

Quite hard work at times, especially in the second half although was a great book to address insomnia. I don’t mean that in a pejorative way, the complexity of the issues discussed clear the mind to make sleep easier. I also found that by listening to the same content again when commuting the following morning I had a clearer recall and understanding.

My first experience using Audible so some of the above may be down my inexperience with the medium. That said I found it a great way to get into a complex topic so it certainly won’t be my last audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-2018

One of the best modern popular science books

From the content to the narrator, this is one of the best popular science/astrophysics books around. It's approachable if you're not from a science background, and there's tonnes there if you are as well (like me). Highly recommended.

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  • Gormysta
  • 11-07-2018

An excellent science based vision of the future

a brilliant captivating book the describes our collective history and our potential future based on scientific analysis and discovery. A deeply thought provoking and optimistic vision of what humanity can achieve together.

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  • Martin B
  • 31-03-2018

Good interesting listen

I found the near future stuff the most interesting as it's based on fact and current efforts. The distant future parts were a lot more far fetched and speculative and I zoned out completely when string theory was discussed! Some needless spoilers of Interstellar, Passengers and Contact so be warned if you haven't seen these films! Well worth a listen.

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  • Oliver
  • 31-03-2018

excellent!<br />

descriptive for anyone of any level to take in, covers a all the subjects logically and in depth with enough explination so the listener is not left behind

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-2019

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One of the best science book I have ever read it
Very mind blowing stuff

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