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“I sometimes think about how easy it is for a nation to slip into complacency and ruin after decades of basking in the sun. Since science is the engine of prosperity, nations that turn their backs on science and technology eventually enter a downward spiral.”

Michio Kaku's The Future of Humanity takes place within three sections.  The first part as follows: PART I: LEAVING THE EARTH
1 PREPARING FOR LIFTOFF
2 NEW GOLDEN AGE OF SPACE TRAVEL
3 MINING THE HEAVENS
4 MARS OR BUST
5 MARS: THE GARDEN PLANET
6 GAS GIANTS, COMETS, AND BEYOND

So Michio here gives us an insightful account of past, current and future space travel... Also exploring humans terraforming and colonising possible suitable planets.  Mars being one viable choice for humanity.  Michio views the time we have lived in and currently living in as a golden age for space travel and exploration.  It is a truly incredible feat into space and what we have discovered and learnt about our solar system and beyond.  The next step will see humanity become an interstellar species where our Planet Earth is just one home out of many others.

The 2nd part is as follows:  PART II: VOYAGE TO THE STARS
7 ROBOTS IN SPACE
8 BUILDING A STARSHIP
9 KEPLER AND A UNIVERSE OF PLANETS

So this part and sections explores the robots being used in space, the grandiose task of building a starship that will take humans even further than ever before, the Kepler framework of the Universe and all that it holds (Kepler was a key figure in the 17th-century scientific revolution. He is best known for his laws of planetary motion, based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. These works also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton's theory of universal gravitation.)
I think it is also mind-blowing to perceive the observable Universe as vaster than anything we could of imagined and that as time goes on, when it comes human discovery and innovation, theories concerning the multiverse and elaborate physics or cryogenics and genetic engineering are hinting at possibilities that are allowing humans to be enabled for interstellar travel and to one day live on planets that are suitable for human life.
Robots being used on other planets or on spaceships/space stations allow for work to be done from a console, where our robotic instruments do not have to worry about oxygen or muscle deterioration, also I was thinking our robotic creations are not just beneficial for space exploration but also for underwater exploration where they can be used to reach places where humans cannot go. 

The third part is as follows:  PART III: LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
10 IMMORTALITY
11 TRANSHUMANISM AND TECHNOLOGY
12 SEARCH FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE
13 ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
14 LEAVING THE UNIVERSE

Michio delves into immortality and transhumanism, and our search for extraterrestrial life in the cosmos, with a fascinating look into the role of advanced civilisations regarding the next steps/current trends taken towards a flourishing state of perpetual and exponential growth.  A future that goes beyond just inhabiting our current solar system and considering humanity living in other exciting and new frontiers.
Overall The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond also explores science fiction, regarding the future seen from a metalevel lens that has the tendency to lean towards or become science fact in a multifaceted realm of possibility.  It is a wonderful journey envisioning a bright and vibrant present towards a continuing flourishing future.
Whether it is focused on longevity or immortality the grand task of humanity to better ourselves, becoming an intelligent and practical player amongst the stars and cosmos, Michio gives a refreshing and inspirational book that transports the reader not just into a historical narrative but a futuristic one where the rewards and stakes are at an all time high.  Technology and scientific discovery are taking humanity beyond previous limitations and always towards vibrant, greater prospects.

"Even scientists make this mistake, scoffing at the idea that an alien civilization living many light-years away could even visit us. But that assumes that alien civilizations are only a few centuries ahead of us in technology. What happens if they are millions of years ahead of us? A million years is nothing but the blink of an eye in cosmic terms. New laws of physics and new technologies would open up when contemplating these incredible time scales.
Personally, I believe that any advanced civilization in space will be peaceful. They might be aeons ahead of us, which is plenty of time for them to resolve ancient sectarian, tribal, racial, and fundamentalist conflicts. But we must be prepared if they are not. Rather than reaching out and sending radio signals into space to announce our existence to any alien civilization, it might be more prudent to study them first.
I believe we will make contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, perhaps sometime in this century. Instead of being merciless conquerors, they might be benevolent and willing to share their technology with us. This would then be one of the most important turning points in history, comparable to the discovery of fire. It could determine the course of human civilization for centuries into the future."


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