“We have to train young people for the economy of the future, just like you do here at Chattanooga State Community College!” -Futurist Dr. Michio Kaku
Internationally distinguished theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku returned to Chattanooga State last week and told a large crowd of students, faculty and community members that “to understand physics, you can understand the future.” He was on campus Thursday, January 23rd to discuss the nature of conscientiousness and “The Future of the mind” based on his upcoming book by the same name.
A recent Chattanooga Times Free Press article describes part of his message related to higher education and workforce development:
Kaku contends that most colleges are training their students for jobs of the past.
“There is no 1950 anymore,” he said, “but our college system is still not up to speed.”
The current college system is largely stuck preparing students for an economy based on “commodity” capital consisting of tangible products and services, Kaku said. Instead, he said, universities should ponder how they can prepare students for a world based on intellectual capital.
“I’ve interviewed 300 of the world’s top scientists to get the best understanding of the future, and they tell me that, ‘Hey, we’re training a lot of people to graduate into the unemployment line,'” Kaku said.
The Future of the Mind is scheduled to be released February 25, 2014. According to a synopsis by Random House, the book provides, “an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics.”
Kaku serves as host of a weekly, one-hour radio program called Explorations dealing with general topics of science, war, peace and the environment. As the host of the only nationally syndicated science program on commercial radio, Science Fantastic, his program reaches 130 radio stations and focuses on what he defines as the future of science: “futurology.”