Physics, philosophy, technology, futurification, and media are all names of fields in which Michio Kaku has something to say. Kaku is a protégée who not only has taken on the task of continuing Einstein’s work, but also the task of bringing the dreams of the future to the thoughts of the masses. He has had many different radio shows where he talks about the opportunities which will be present in the future whether due to new technologies or changing how we interact with them.
Kaku started his fascination with science at a young age. In high school he created what he hoped to be an atom smasher for his science fair project. This allowed him to catch the attention of Edward Teller who granted him the Hertz Scholarship to attend Harvard University. Fast forward a plethora of education and many research findings later, Kaku became excited by the prospect that he could bring these great ideas, theories, and findings to the masses by showing them how these new technologies would affect everyone’s daily use. He began toying with the idea and thought that his tv and radio shows could be a great comparison to the World Fair whereby people could see the technology in action. This idea came out in the form of many different shows, however the one which caught my attention, not just now but also as a kid in high school, was the Discovery show 2057. This show brought the viewers into the future by fifty years and showed both where technology is going and where it is in modern day. A sample of the show can be found here.
I personally believe that Michio Kaku would be a great speaker at Bucknell because of his ability to capture the minds of young Bucknell students. Furthermore, I think that a talk about how the different research at Bucknell will impact the future could be especially pertinent and interesting. For example, Professor Steven Shooter has been working on a robot which can walk, run, and jump like a human which will one day have uses such as helping people who cannot walk to walk. I think that bridging the gap between what people “know” about Bucknell (that we are generally intelligent) and what people actually see to support their hypothesis. I think Kaku is the man to do it.