David Dodd 10:32 a.m., May 25
I read Michio Kaku's Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny And Our Daily Lives in 2100. It was like watching a 100 car Coastliner with a prediction in every window - and the sun at your back. The train zipped by so fast the forecasts flashed and blurred: robotic technology; computers in contact lenses (you'll see the world like two-timing Ahnolt in Terminator); no cure for the common cold or cancer but nasty designer viruses; and nary a spec of privacy.
What will science fiction be like in 2100?
In the midst of holograms and in-the-round NFL games, Kaku holds out hope for actors. "Our ancient ancestors always wanted to see something for themselves and not rely on hearsay," he says. "Even a century from now we will still have live theater and still chase celebrities, an ancient heritage from our distant past.
"In this competition we want both... if we are offered a free picture of our favorite celebrity musican or actual tickets to his concert, we'd take the tickets, hands down."
So a hankering for the real won't change. But acting might have to. By 2100 people may be able to read minds. So along with presenting the conscious feelings and motivations of a character, actors will have to portray the subconscious ones as well.
Photo at left: Michio Kaku