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I used to keep track of the activities of NASA and ISRO

Ritu Karidhal

It was not easy, living away from my parents and my family. But I got to work with many scientists and on some of the initial technology experiments

Ritu Karidhal

A lot of things you see on Star Trek will in fact be possible - like the teleporter.

Michio Kaku

Quantum teleportation already exists. In fact, we took a film crew and went to the University of Maryland and actually filmed an atom being teleported. It zapped across the room from one chamber to another.

Michio Kaku

You know the expression beam me up Scotty, we used to laugh at it. We physicists used to laugh when someone talked about teleportation and invisabilty, something like that, but we don't laugh anymore we realised we were wrong on this one.

Michio Kaku

Isn’t that amazing? That with MRI scans we can actually see that the left brain and the right brain actually operate slightly differently. The left brain is the dominant brain, so what you consider yourself is basically your left brain. 

Michio Kaku

I think within a decade we will teleport the first molecule.

Michio Kaku

Just think for a moment about our forefathers in the year 1900. They lived to be 49 years old on average and traveled with horse-drawn wagons. Long distance communication was yelling out the window. If these people could see us today with mobile phones at our ears, Facebook on our screens and traveling with planes they would consider us wizards.

Michio Kaku

Our brain, in some sense, is not like a digital computer, which is what we thought; it’s more like a bureaucracy.

Michio Kaku

Intelligence will be everywhere in the future, just like electricity is everywhere today. We now just assume that there's electricity in the walls, the floor, the ceiling. In the future we will assume that everything is intelligent, so intelligence will be everywhere and nowhere.

Michio Kaku

Ever since I was 8 years old, I was fascinated by the fact that Einstein could not finish his greatest work.

Michio Kaku

This has the atmosphere of a circus, where you have amateurs simply raising their hand, volunteering to be the first person on Mars. They have set impossibly unrealistic deadlines and the amount of money that you have to have to go to Mars is incredible, perhaps 50 to several hundred billion dollars. Given the fact that this will be untested technology, I would assume that the failure rate would be about 90 to 95 percent for a mission of this magnitude. In other words, it’s a tragedy waiting to happen.

Michio Kaku

To a physicist we have the “I” word, the I-word is impossible. That’s dangerous. The New York Times once said that airplanes were impossible right before the Wright Brothers sailed into the sky at Kitty Hawk and the New York Times railed against rockets. Rockets cannot move in outer space, impossible said the New York Times and then when Neil Armstrong walked on the surface of the moon the New York Times had to write a retraction saying that well “I guess rockets can move into outer space,” contrary to our previous belief.

Michio Kaku

So, when I was 17 years old, I went to my mom and I said, “I’m going to build an atom smasher in the garage.” So she said, “Sure! Why not?” I assembled 400 pounds of transformer steel, 22 miles of copper wire and I built a 2.3 million electron volt betatron particle accelerator in the garage. It consumed all of the energy in the house, blew out all of the circuit breakers every time we turned it on. And my mother would say, “Why can’t he find a nice Japanese girlfriend? Why does he have to build these gigantic machines in the garage?” But you see, that got me a scholarship to Harvard. Can’t complain.

Michio Kaku

We have very talented manpower. We have only to get that right ecosystem. For example, our joint venture of BrahMos has been an outstanding success. 

V. K. Saraswat

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