The legendary movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn once said, you should never predict anything, especially the future. But it's human nature to go to extremes for a sneak peak of what lies around the corner. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, an astrophysicist sheds some light on the far-out fate of the universe. And, wacky predictions for the future, from head transplants to planet creation.
Astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss is the author of "Atom." He tells Steve Paulson that the latest news in cosmology is that the universe is still expanding and at an accelerating rate. This spells doom for our planet and everything on it. He says life will survive only if it finds a way to go back to the stars. Also, Ron Sadoff, who teaches film studies at New York University, takes Anne Strainchamps on a tour of the best sci-fi music.SEGMENT 2:
Jonathan Margolis covers new technology for London's "Financial Times" and "Evening Standard." He talks with Jim Fleming about some of the innovations futurologists are predicting for us all, from ear stud cell phones to on-line vacations and cybersex. Margolis thinks there will be a premium on authentic experiences.SEGMENT 3:
Adam Hanft and Faith Popcorn are the authors of the "Dictionary of the Future." We hear lots of examples of the "words, terms and trends that define the way we'll live, work and talk." And Hanft explains it all to Steve Paulson. Also, physicist Ronald Mallet tells Anne Strainchamps why he thinks he can use light to bend the fabric of space and achieve time travel.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-02-03-B.
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