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Singularity 1 on 1: Science is the Engine of Prosperity!

IEET contributor - Socrates of Singularity 1 on 1 talks with Dr. Michio Kaku about mind and consciousness.


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Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, bestselling author, acclaimed public speaker, renowned futurist, and popularizer of science. As co-founder of String Field Theory, Dr. Kaku carries on Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything. You will not be surprised to hear that Michio Kaku has been on my guest dream-list since I started Singularity 1 on 1, and I was beyond ecstatic to finally have an opportunity to speak to him.

During our 90 min conversation with Dr. Michio Kaku we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: why he shifted his focus from the universe to the human mind; his definition, classification and ranking of consciousness; his take on the Penrose-Hameroff Orch OR model; Newton, Einstein, determinism and free will; whether the brain is a classical computer or not; Norman Doidge’s work on neuro-plasticity and The Brain That Changes Itself; the underlying reality of everything; his dream to finish what Einstein has started and know the mind of God; The Future of the Mind; mind-uploading and space travel at the speed of light; Moore’s Law and D-Wave’s quantum computer; the Human Brain Project and whole brain simulation; alternatives paths to AI and the Turing Test as a way of judging progress; cryonics and what is possible and impossible…

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Who is Michio Kaku?

Dr. Michio Kaku has starred in a myriad of science programming for television including Discovery, Science Channel, BBC, ABC, and History Channel. Beyond his numerous bestselling books, he has also been a featured columnist for top popular science publications such as Popular Mechanics, Discover, COSMOS, WIRED, New Scientist, Newsweek, and many others. Dr. Kaku was also one of the subjects of the award-winning documentary, ME & ISAAC NEWTON by Michael Apted.

He is a news contributor to CBS:This Morning and is a regular guest on news programs around the world including CBS, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, RT. He has also made guest appearances on all major talk shows including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan on TBS, and others.

Michio Kaku hosts two weekly radio programs heard on stations around the country and podcast around the world. He is the co-creator of string field theory, a branch of string theory. He received a B.S. (summa cum laude) from Harvard University in 1968 where he came first in his physics class. He went on to the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley and received a Ph.D. in 1972. In 1973, he held a lectureship at Princeton University.

Michio continues Einstein’s search for a “Theory of Everything,” seeking to unify the four fundamental forces of the universe—the strong force, the weak force, gravity and electromagnetism.

He is the author of several scholarly, Ph.D. level textbooks and has had more than 70 articles published in physics journals, covering topics such as superstring theory, supergravity, supersymmetry, and hadronic physics.

Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York (CUNY), where he has taught for over 25 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, as well as New York University (NYU).

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Please note I'm speaking on behalf of myself and not my employer.

First, I would like to thank Dr. Kaku for his commitment to science and his accomplishments.

Many cryonicists can speak at length about concerns associated with freezing, printing replacement tissue, etc. I'll stick to an area closer to Dr. Kaku's comfort zone as a way of easing him into the vitrified pool;)

Dr. Kaku appears to be open-minded about the theoretical prospect of uploading a chemically preserved brain a number of decades from now, so why not a vitrified brain? Granted, we don't have the technology to upload a human brain today. OTOH, if the connections are there, we have a baseline for consideration from a theoretical standpoint.

Alcor has an important reference point that shows the difference between a frozen and a vitrified kidney. See the last picture at the bottom of this page: http://www.alcor.org/Library/html/vitrification.html

Recently, we vitrified a dog brain under controlled conditions at Oregon Cryonics and posted the picture in the case report: http://www.oregoncryo.com/caseReportPet1.html

The link below is of my father's brain in LN2. This is a compromised case where his brain was fixed prior to diffusion of cryoprotectant over many months. The MRI scans indicate a uniformity of perfusion of cryoprotectant, and or, dehydration of the brain based on the water reading.

http://www.alcor.org/Library/html/CryopreservationAndFracturing.html

There is ample ground to criticize the freezing of tissue, but vitrification is worthy of consideration in my humble view.

On a personal level, I respect an honor those who are critical of cryonics. Criticism is healthy to any scientific endeavor. My only encouragement is to kindly ask those who expect to be critical of cryonics, base their criticisms on scientific facts.
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