Future of Medical Technology Predicted by Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku
I was fortunate to hear theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, PhD, speak in Seattle, Washington, which is just a few hours south of Vancouver. He spoke on the future of healthcare and medical technology, among other things. Fascinating topic, since the future holds, Kaku says, some amazing upcoming changes for North America and beyond. Michio Kaku is known for his indelible mark on humanity’s concepts of future worlds, parallel worlds, string theory (which he helped formulate), and even his amazing mind computing the statistics of advancements in technology for how people will receive healthcare in the next 20, 50, or even 100 years.
Physicists have a unique vision of the future of humankind because they have invented things like the laser, transistor, the first computer, and the World Wide Web, not to mention GPS system, television, radio, x-rays, and even the first MRI scan, PET scan, EEG, and even nuclear medicine. Technological breakthroughs are part of what they do, so predicting future technology is a natural part of that.
Michio Kaku predicts medical advances through 2030
In 2011, when Michio Kaku was the keynote speaker and addressed ”The Future of Humankind,” he said, “Your cell phone today has more computing power than NASA when they put two men on the moon … and in the future, your bathroom will have more computer power than a modern university hospital today.” By 2020 microchips will be so inexpensive (about a penny) that they will become like electricity… it will be everywhere and nowhere at once.
Michio Kaku announced to the audience that the Internet will be put into glasses that can recognize faces, print their biography, translate languages, and could be used to diagnose people and for medical research. Kaku continued, “Surgeons will be able to bring up any piece of information as they are doing surgery.” Plus Internet contact lenses will project images straight into your retinas so that if you are performing surgery, he says, ”you see immediately who this person is and have their medical history.”
Medical information will be so available on these computer chips that even paper will include them imbedded within, and computers will become almost disposable. They could be put into a pill that you swallow and help you see your insides. Nanotechnology will be used at the molecular level inside your body. Michio Kaku says about this, “They home in on individual cancer cells and kill them.
We physicists can make these antibodies guide the molecule. You can user laser beams, radio, to rupture the cell wall of cancer cells. It will take many years to work out the bugs. But in principle it works.” Detecting cancer before it has a chance to grow into a tumor will also be part of our future, Michio Kaku says, especially regarding how our bathrooms are designed and the technology integrated within, “In particular, your toilet may have DNA chips in it. DNA is a molecule. So you can actually carve the architecture of proteins, enzymes, DNA, onto silicon chips. Within minutes, it will tell you if you have cancer.”
Additionally, Kaku added that DNA chips would be in bathroom mirrors. You blow on the mirrow and it analyzes your saliva droplets. If it discovers the P53 gene (implicated in at least half of all cancers that are common) then, “Your bathroom mirror will tell you if you have lung cancer. So the whole process, of computerizing your bathroom could change the way we deliver medical care.”
MRI’s will also become smaller, about the size of a briefcase, and later down to the size of a modern cell phone.
Robots will be controlled by the human mind, as an Avatar. Medical scientists will prevent and even reverse aging. Gene sequencing for individuals, instead of being $50,000 like it is now, will be $100 and placed onto a CD. At that point, Michio Kaku says, “we will sequence of old people, sequence the genes of young people, and subtract many of the areas where aging is concentrated.” Additionally, tissue engineering will allow us to “grow ears, noses, bone, heart valves, blood vessels, bladders, wind pipes. The next organ to be grown is the liver,” he said. People die every day waiting for organ transplants that never become available.
Brain-interface, or sub-cranial interface will allow epileptic patients to pick out words on a screen just by thinking about them. A brain prosthetic will become a means for instant communication simply by thinking. Physicist Stephen Hawking, a colleague of Michio Kaku, already uses a single-channel brain interface called iBrain that allows him to communicate using his brain waves (not sub-cranial, however). Lou Gehrig’s disease is why Hawking is reliant on a wheelchair, but such brain-interfaces could change the lives of many with similar conditions.
Indeed, Michio Kaku has given us all a vision of the future of what medical science is up to, and can do in the near future to advance society and healthcare.
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