Dr. Michio Kaku on Preventing a Robot Uprising

Scientific advancements are challenging the concept of what it means to be human. In the near future, enhancing the human body with technology could lead to the next stage of our evolution.

For better or worse, humanity may be entering an era of self-guided evolution. By taking advantage of scientific and medical breakthroughs, we might one day be able to both augment and repair our own biology.

But some people fear that one day machines will take over and put us humans in zoos. Is that possible? Yes, says Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Physics at City College of New York.

However, he believes we have several safeguards working in our favor in order to stay one step ahead of our intelligent robotic creations. For one, “We’ll have plenty of time—decades—to put a chip in their brain to shut them off if they have murderous thoughts,” Dr. Kaku says. But others question what will happen when the robots become intelligent enough to short-circuit our safety systems.

“At that point,” says Dr. Kaku, “I think we should merge with them. Why compete with robots when we can take the best attributes of robots and incorporate it into our body?”

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He continues, “One day, we will have the power of a superman in an exoskeleton suit. Robots don’t need oxygen. We can explore the universe with these surrogates. And if we mentally control them, we can literally live on other planets with super-human enhanced bodies.”

Watch the full clip featuring Dr. Kaku, Preventing a Machine Uprising and don’t miss Breakthrough: More Than Human this Sunday at 9/8c.