I was first introduced to scientific futurism some years ago when I stumbled upon the book “The Time Machine”, written by H. G. Wells and published in 1895. I really can’t remember how I came about the book, and I have lost it now, but then, being a teenager, I was so enthralled by the book that I read it to the end.
The book was the first to introduce me to the concept and possibility of time travel before I came into contact with relativity. And since that time, I have not forgotten about H. G. Wells, who not less than anyone else in history and through well-crafted prose brought the fascination of science to the world.
Though time travel has not been made possible, it is interesting to know that the fascination for time travel later took center stage in science in the early 1900s and even till now. So whenever we talk about time travel, we will always do well to remember the scientific futurist, H. G. Wells (as it is already the tradition).
And we really cannot even begin to talk about scientific futurism without making reference to H. G. Wells. I think he is historically the most popular scientific futurist who can only be compared to Nikola Tesla. This is as a good number of Hollywood movies have been shot to portray time travel within the Wellian context.
Now, what the future holds for mankind has always been a puzzling aspect of our existence, such that it has fascinated many down the centuries, among whom some have made wonderful and surprising forecasts of what the future holds.
These individuals that are concerned about the future and man’s advancement towards it are called futurists, and we have had quite a number of them like H. G. Wells, Nikola Tesla, Aldous Huxley, Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Stephen Hawking, etc.
We also have some living futurists like Theo Priestly, Peter Hinsin, Ash Koosher, Michio Kaku, Dr. James Canton, Dr. Ray Kurzweil, etc. These individuals have made it their duty to inform us of the trends of science and of the technologies of tomorrow.
It should be obvious from the listed futurists that I have chosen to focus on scientific futurism. It is what this article is all about. Scientific futurism, which is what fascinates me more than any other, and which I think fascinates many, is about what the future will be like taking a cue from the increasing pace of scientific advancements that we are experiencing today.
There is no time in history like our time, in fact, our time is the one scientific futurists like H. G. Wells and Nikola Tesla spoke of. And despite their predictions, many which have found fulfilment in our time, there are still some predictions being made today concerning the future.
It seems as though there is no end to what science can make possible, as a result, scientific futurism has come to stay as an eternal fascination and a promise of what the future holds.
Yes, it is important for us to see that science is what the future holds for mankind. And I am happy that some countries in the world are already beginning to see this and have taken hold of their scientific destiny.
I therefore implore other nations to follow suit so that we can create a universal scientific civilization upon the Earth.
Nikola Tesla, who I consider as one of the greatest scientific futurists, made many fantastic predictions about the future, some of which are the predictions of flying cars, self-driving cars, wireless transmission of energy, thought camera, airplanes that fly without fuel, drone technology, wi-fi, smartphones, etc.
It is striking and obvious that some of his predictions which he made in the first quarter of the 20th-century have come to pass today. The smartphone, drone technology, wi-fi are among some of his predictions that have come to pass today.
It’s really fascinating when one considers how he was able to make some of this exact predictions, but that’s the beauty of scientific futurism which informs our foresight of the future.
Stephen Hawking also made some interesting predictions about the future, as it concerns Artificial Intelligence (AI), the future of Earth, the existence of God and intelligent life in space, the biggest threat to Earth and the best idea man could implement, referring to nuclear fusion, and others.
However, concerning AI, he is quoted to have said that:
“In short, the advent of super-intelligent AI would be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity. The real risk with AI isn’t malice, but competence. A super-intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours we’re in trouble.
You’re probably not an evil ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you’re in charge of a hydroelectric green-energy project and there’s an anthill in the region to be flooded, too bad for the ants. Let’s not place humanity in the position of those ants.”
It’s all quite scary if you think of it.
I also consider myself a scientific futurist, and I base all of my predictions on post-modern physics. Like I always tell you in this blog, there are now three eras of physics: the classical era, the modern era, and the post-modern era.
The post-modern era of physics has just begun, exactly in 2017 when I published “The Theory of the Universe“. And since that time, I have also been making predictions of the future of science and technology, and of what will become practically possible only as post-modern physics takes center stage.
Post-modern physics is introducing us to a new kind of science; it is exposing us to the science of the long-sought “Unified Field Theory“. The long-sought “Unified Field Theory” is not a continuation of how we did physics in the classical and modern era, rather it has come with some fundamental changes in how we do physics.
And so in post-modern physics, we are introduced to scientific futurism as it concerns the Unified Field Theory. My scientific futurism is about the practical possibilities of the Unified Field Theory, which has now been revealed.
So there is a difference between what scientific futurists talked about the unified field theory and the possibilities that would follow and what I am saying today.
Post-modern physics has become the basis of scientific futurism; it is the ground of truth upon which sincere scientific futurists can make certain predictions of the future.
Also and as a result of post-modern physics, the boundaries of scientific futurism has shifted and the scope of what is possible has become broader beyond the perception of its borders.
And one way in which scientific futurism has become transformed as a result of post-modern physics or the unified field theory is in the introduction of the metaphysical view of the universe.
The scientific futurists of this age are those that have transcended into the metaphysical and are now seeing the practical possibilities of metaphysical science. Metaphysical science is now the ground of scientific futurism.
This comes with new predictions that don’t only involve the realizable achievements of technology, but which also include or involve the spiritual influence of the new science on man and the resulting change in world philosophy.
The new scientific futurists are not merely concerned about the fusion of man and technology, but more about the union of man and the universe, which is a grander achievement of post-modern physics.
Post-modern physics is the new profound way to write the future before it happens and it is what defines my whole expertise on scientific futurism.
While a lot of predictions have been made about the future and some of them have come to pass, a whole lot of others, most of which seem very far-fetched cannot become possible without post-modern physics.
This is because of the revolutionary nature of post-modern physics which has become the certainty of scientific futurism. With post-modern physics, there is little or nothing that we can think of that is impossible. This empowering connection between post-modern physics and scientific futurism is what I want you to understand from this article.
I want to go further in this article by making reference to the article “7 Top Futurists Make Some Pretty Surprising Predictions About What The Next Decade Will Bring“ published in 2015 by HuffPost.
Some of the most amazing predictions in the article were made by Dr. Michio Kaku (professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and who I consider as the most popular scientific futurist of our time), Dr. Ray Kurzweil (inventor, pioneering computer scientist, and director of engineering at Google), Dr. Anne Lise Kjaer (founder of Kjaer Global) Dr. James Canton (CEO of Institute of Global Futures), Jason Silva (host of National Geographic Channel’s “Brain Games:”), Dr. Amy Zalman (CEO & president of the World Future Society), Mark Stevenson, author of “An Optimist’s Tour of the Future”.
In Michio Kaku’s predictions, he said the following:
“In the next 10 years, we will see the gradual transition from an Internet to a brain-net, in which thoughts, emotions, feelings, and memories might be transmitted instantly across the planet.
Scientists can now hook the brain to a computer and begin to decode some of our memories and thoughts. This might eventually revolutionize communication and even entertainment. The movies of the future will be able to convey emotions and feelings, not just images on a silver screen. (Teenagers will go crazy on social media, sending memories and sensations from their senior prom, their first date, etc.). Historians and writers will be able to record events not just digitally, but also emotionally as well.
Perhaps even tensions between people will diminish, as people begin to feel and experience the pain of others.”
That’s a wonderful prediction up there which I can already see the possibilities of through post-modern physics.
Also, Dr. Ray Kurzweil made the following predictions that:
“By 2025, 3D printers will print clothing at very low cost. There will be many free open source designs, but people will still spend money to download clothing files from the latest hot designer just as people spend money today for eBooks, music and movies despite all of the free material available. 3D printers will print human organs using modified stem cells with the patient’s own DNA providing an inexhaustible supply of organs and no rejection issues.
We will be also able to repair damaged organs with reprogrammed stem cells, for example, a heart damaged from a heart attack. 3D printers will print inexpensive modules to snap together a house or an office building, lego style.
We will spend considerable time in virtual and augmented realities allowing us to visit with each other even if hundreds of miles apart. We’ll even be able to touch each other.
We will spend considerable time in virtual and augmented realities allowing us to visit with each other even if hundreds of miles apart. We’ll even be able to touch each other. Some of the ‘people’ we visit with in these new realities will be avatars. They will be compelling but not quite human level by 2025 — that will take to the 2030s.
We will be able to reprogram human biology away from many diseases and aging processes, for example deactivating cancer stem cells that are the true source of cancer, or retard the progression of atherosclerosis, the cause of heart disease.
We will be able to create avatars of people who have passed away from all of the information they have left behind (their emails and other documents, images, videos, interviews with people who remember them).
These will be compelling but not fully realistic, not until the mid-2030s, so some people will find this ‘replicant’ technology to be in the ‘uncanny valley,’ that is, disconcerting.”
There are other predictions in the article, but it ended in a fantastic way with the prediction by Mark Stevenson where he said that:
“The technologies aren’t the most important bit — although they are super cool. It’s what society does with them, and right now it’s institutional change that’s the sticking point…. What you really want to look at, in my opinion, is new ways of organizing ourselves. So, my next book covers, for instance, the renewables revolution in a small Austrian town, open source drug discovery in India, patient networks like PatientsLikeMe and schools that are throwing out the curriculum in order to get on with some actual learning.”
I really love the above prediction because it informs us that in the future man will be more concerned about the purpose of technology than in the blind design of it.
We would become refined in our approach to the use of technology and in how we organize ourselves. He also made prediction of the change in our education system when he referred to the schools “throwing out the curriculum in order to get on with some actual learning.”
I really love all these predictions of the future of science and technology and I must inform you that most of them cannot be achieved without the groundbreaking understanding of how the universe works at a fundamental level.
This understanding is what we now have in post-modern physics, and as a result, we are already close to achieving all if this.
Post-modern physics has revolutionalized scientific futurism such that the predictions are now grounded on the true conceptual understanding of the universe.Post-modern physics has revolutionalized scientific futurism such that the predictions are now grounded on the true conceptual understanding of the universe.Click To Tweet
“The Theory of the Universe“ is what has established post-modern physics as a new era of physics, and due to post-modern physics, scientific futurism has culminated and has come to its greatest moment in history.
And concerning what we would gain when we discover the unified field theory, I leave you with this great video by Dr. Michio Kaku: