Key idea: Quantum computers are going to be the solution to all mankind’s problems, according to Kaku.
Original author and publication date: Sam Leith (The Spectator) – April 29, 2023
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: I don’t know if quantum computers will solve all our problems, but, who am I to doubt what Michio Kaku says? I never ever thought when I was a child about building a particle collider in the garage, including the fact that there was no garage in my home.
From the article:
If you’ve ever wondered how an invisibility cloak would work, how to terraform Mars, how to make a forcefield, whether we’re living in a Matrix-like simulation or how far we are from a working teleportation device, Michio Kaku is your man. In books such as Physics of the Impossible, Physics of the Future and Parallel Worlds, Kaku combines the scientific chops of the theoretical physics professor he is with the gee-wow wonder of a sci-fi geek.
That’s apt for someone who grew up worshipping at the twin altars of Albert Einstein and Flash Gordon. ‘It all started when I was eight,’ he says. ‘All the newspapers said that a great scientist had died. And they said that on his desk was a manuscript that he could not finish. I was fascinated by that. And so I looked up who was this man who could not finish this book. What was in it? Well, the man’s name was Albert Einstein. And that book was to be the theory of everything. An equation perhaps no more than one inch long that would allow us to “read the mind of God”. Well, I was fixed. I was fascinated. I had to know what was in that book.’
When the eight-year-old Kaku (who, by the way, went on to dismay his mother by building a particle collider in the family garage in San Jose for a school science project) found nothing in the library that could explain Einstein’s theory to a child, he turned to science fiction. ‘It’s all there in the original Flash Gordon series: ray guns, invisibility, extra-terrestrial civilisations, nuclear energy.’ He is adamant that the two great passions of his life – ‘the unified field theory on one hand and science fiction on the other’ – are ‘related to each other’.
His new book, Quantum Supremacy, argues – here I simplify, but not much – that quantum computers are going to be the solution to all mankind’s problems, and that shift from the digital to the quantum age will be a greater leap than the original digital revolution.
‘Everything,’ he says, ‘everything about the economy, medicine, warfare – everything is going to be turned upside down.’ Why? Because quantum computers are unimaginably more powerful than the digital sort.