“From the moment our ancestors smashed two rocks together to forge the first tool, technology and imagination have propelled humanity forward. But now, technology has the power to shape a future beyond our imagination. What was once conceived by science fiction as entertainment is now the blueprint great scientists use to project the future of our world.”
That’s the setup for National Geographic’s “Year Million,” a new six-part series premiering Monday, May 15, narrated by Laurence Fishburne.
The project brings together the brightest scientific minds, including Ray Kurzweil, Michio Kaku, Peter Diamandis and Brian Greene, and science-fiction pop culture figures such as graphic novelist Brian Michael Bendis, Nerdist co-host Matt Mira and musician David Byrne.
Says Kaku: “Hundreds of years from now, you will literally leap into a cyber world. You’ll be able to touch and feel the emotions, the fear. They’ll be beamed right into your brain. You’ll be able to become whatever you want to be in whatever virtual world you want to be.”