Michio Kaku

  • Aired:  07/05/10
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Michio Kaku believes we will have something resembling a Harry Potter invisibility cloak within the coming decades. (4:09)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT... I JUST HAD A

GUEST.

WHO IS IT?

MICHIO KAKU?

OH, I LIKE HIM.

PLEASE WELCOME MICHIO KAKU.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

DOCTOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

COMING ON.

I'M A HUGE FAN.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE THE

AUTHOR, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE

PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE.

WHEN YOU SAY THAT THE THINGS

THAT I USED TO WATCH, LIKE THE

SCI-FI SHOWS I USED TO WATCH IN

THE AFTERNOONS WHEN I WAS

HOMESICK.

>> UH-HUH.

>> Stephen: THOSE THINGS COULD

BE REAL.

COULD WE TELEPORT?

>> WE ALREADY TELEPORT

INDIVIDUAL AT TOMS.

WE'RE GOING TO BE TELEPORTING UP

TO THE SPACE SHUTTLE AND MAYBE

UP TO THE SPACE STATION, MAYBE

TO THE MOON.

BUT RIGHT NOW IT'S...

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NOT A CRAZY

PERSON?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE A

THEORETICAL PHYSICIST.

>> I'M A THEORETICAL PHYSICIST.

>> Stephen: SO YOU'RE THE REAL

DEAL.

YOU'RE ONE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS

OF, WHAT'S IT CALLED...

>> STRINGFIELD THEORY.

>> Stephen: THE CRAZIEST TYPE

OF PHYSICS, THOUGH, RIGHT?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

IT'S DEFINED IN HYPERSPACE.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THAT?

>> HIGHER DIMENSIONS THAT WE

THINK COULD READ THE MIND OF

GOD.

THESE ARE QUESTIONS THAT WE DEAL

WITH.

>> Stephen: CAN YOU ANSWER A

QUESTION FOR ME?

ARE YOU ACTUALLY HERE, OR IS MY

FEVER JUST SO HIGH THAT I'M

HALLUCINATING THAT THERE IS A

JAPANESE MAN WITH CRAZY LONG

HAIR TALKING ABOUT READING THE

MIND OF GOD.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN "READ THE MIND

OF GOD"?

I THOUGHT GOD HAS ONE OF THOSE

HELMETS THAT MAGNITO WEARS SO

YOU CAN'T.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN READ THE MIND

OF GOD.

>> WE WANT AN EQUATION THAT WILL

ALLOW US TO SUMMARIZE ALL THE

FORCES OF THE UNIVERSE.

>> Stephen: ONE-INCH LONG

EQUATION.

SO SIZE DOESN'T MATTER WITH THIS

EQUATION.

>> EVIDENCE EQUALS MC SQUARED

UNLOCKED THE QAITION TO THE

STARS.

WE WANT A ONE-INCH EQUATION THAT

WOULD EXPLAIN EVERYTHING FROM

THE BIG BANG TO THE CREATION OF

LIFE TO THE UNIVERSE.

>> Stephen: AREN'T THERE

THEORIES FOR EVERYTHING?

THERE'S QUANTUM MECHANICS AND

THEN THERE'S THE PHYSICS OF

COSMOLOGY AND DON'T THEY

INTERRELATE?

ARE PHYSICS DIFFERENT, SMALL AND

LARGE?

>> WELL NEW YORK SOME SENSE GOD

HAS TWO HANDS.

ON ONE HAND WE HAVE THE QUANTUM

THEORY, AND THEN WE HAVE

EINSTEIN'S THEORY OF GENERAL

REAL DIFFICULT, BIG BANGS AND

BLACK HOLES.

THE TWO THEORIES ARE

INCOMPATIBLE.

>> Stephen: DID EINSTEIN WORK

ON THAT.

>> HE WANTED ONE FABRIC THAT

WOULD UNITE THE TWO THEORIES

INTO ONE COSMIC FRAMEWORK.

THAT'S WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING.

>> Stephen: SO YOU THINK

YOU'RE SMARTER THAN EINSTEIN.

>> I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF LIVING

AFTER HIM WITH A LOT MORE DATA.

>> Stephen: SO YOU SEE THE

MISTAKES, YOU SEE THE POTHOLES,

THE MISTAKES HE MADE?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

I CAN READ HIS UNIFIED THEORY

TODAY AND SEE WHERE ALL THE

MISTAKES ARE.

I CAN SEE WHERE THE DEAD ENDS

WERE.

30 YEARS OF ACTIVITY, I CAN SEE

EXACTLY WHERE HE HIT DEAD ENDS

AND DIFFERENT ROUTES WHERE HE

JUST GAVE UP BASICALLY.

>> Stephen: YOU SAY IT'S

POSSIBLE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE

TIME MACHINES.

>> IT'S POSSIBLE.

>> Stephen: ISN'T IT

IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE A TIME

MACHINE BECAUSE IF I GO BACK AND

KILL MY GRANDMOTHER THEN I'M

NEVER BORN.

STEPHEN HAWKING SAID, WHERE ARE

THE TIME TRAVELERS.

DO YOU LIKE HAWKING, BY THE WAY?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: HE'S A JERK.

>> HE'S A COLLEAGUE OF MINE.

MAYBE THEY'RE INVISIBLE, BECAUSE

WE WILL HAVE INVISIBILITY WAY

BEFORE WE HAVE TIME TRAVEL.

MAYBE THEY'RE HERE IN THIS ROOM.

>> Stephen: WAIT A SECOND.

WE'LL HAVE INVISIBILITY?

>> WE'RE GOING TO HAVE IT VERY

SOON, WITHIN THE COMING DECADE

WE WILL HAVE SOMETHING

RESEMBLING THE HARRY POTTER

INVISIBILITY CLOAK.

MAYBE THEY'RE ALREADY HERE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: THEN I WOULD JUST

LIKE THE SAY ON BEHALF OF MY

FUTURE TRAVELERS, COME OUT, COME

OUT WHEREVER YOU ARE.