In this Big Think presentation, American theoretical physicist, futurist, and popularizer of science Michio Kaku looks at the fourth wave of scientific innovation in which artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and biotechnology will change everything around us including how we deal with cancer.
And the next big thing is when your toilet becomes intelligence. In the future your toilet will be your first line of defense against cancer because your bodily fluids—blood and your bodily fluids contain signatures of cancer colonies of maybe a few hundred cancer cells in your body maybe years before a tumor forms.
Think about it for a moment. There are people watching this program right now, right now who have cancer growing in their body. Maybe a few hundred cancer cells in a colony, but they won’t know it for perhaps ten years, when you have ten billion cancer cells growing in your body forming a tumor. We will have what is called liquid biopsies, DNA chips that allow us to search for the signatures of cancer colonies of a hundred cells, cancer genes, cancer enzymes, cancer protein circulating in our blood and bodily fluids.
So in other words one day your toilet will tell you that “You have cancer. Do something. You have ten years to do it.”
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