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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

Town Hall’s Science series is dedicated to understanding the world around us. Whether we’re hearing from a legendary physicist or a UW graduate student, the Science series explores math, biology, chemistry, the environment, and so much more.

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Apr 30, 2019

Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility. And according to theoretical physics professor Michio Kaku, this departure of planet Earth may soon become a necessity. He called us together to explore the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. Kaku highlighted climate change, depletion of finite resources, and other factors that pose a threat to our species, and asserted that we must face the reality that humans will one day need to leave Earth altogether in order to survive. Revealing new developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology, Kaku described a feasible human future in which habitable cities are built on Mars and nanoships travel on near-light-speed laser beams to reach nearby stars beyond our own solar system. Join Kaku to imagine a future in which humanity may finally fulfill its long-awaited destiny among the stars.

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 Beyond Einstein, The Future of the Mind, Hyperspace, Physics of the Future, and Physics of the Impossible. He is the science correspondent for CBS This Morning and host of the radio programs Science Fantastic and Exploration.

Recorded live at Seattle First Baptist Church by Town Hall Seattle on April 10, 2019.