This Is What Humans Might Look Like In A 1,000 Years, And It’s Awesome!
If you look to the history of humanity, even our recent history, you'll notice change in not only the way we do things but also in the ways our bodies look and feel.
According to a video by AsapSCIENCE, the average height has increased 10 cm in the last 150 years and the average human lifespan has increased 20 years due to major breakthroughs in science.
More change is already happening right under our noses. Researchers are growing technology the way we used to grow our food supply on farms, and they're not stopping anytime soon.
In the next one thousand years, humans will look quite different. We'll also navigate our workspaces differently, that is if our jobs aren't taken over by robots. Yes, in the future, many people will be displaced just as Mr. Bucket was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Don't fret too soon! There are also many amazing advancements to look forward to. Check them out below. However, do keep in mind that new research is always on the rise and that many researchers may produce contradicting theories.
More and more machines and robots will replace humans in the workplace.
With technology stronger and faster than ever before, we can only expect more and more machines to stand in for human labor. While it is extremely sad, from a business perspective, it's much more efficient in terms of quality and speed.
How will humans look like in the future?
Check out what's in store for future generations. It isn't all weird.
We'll be much more tan.
Humans are likely to have darker skin as an indirect response to global warming. As it gets warmer, more people will spend their time outdoors, where they'll be exposed to sunlight and become more tan. Pigmented skin will also help us develop protection from harmful UV radiation.
Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry also suggests that more interracial relationships will result in a race of people with coffee colored skin.
Our eyes may be red.
This may be a characteristic of a typical worker due to working many hours. Know anyone like this already?
They'll also be quite large.
In tens of thousands of years, with the ability to control the human genome, we'll probably head into a functional trend of large eyes, at least by today's standards.
Humans of the future will be "smarter," too.
While there is no evidence that we will actually be more intelligent than past generations, we will definitely be more modern.
The Industrial Revolution, according to James Flynn, had a direct effect on our IQ test results, so the more industrial and technological breakthroughs we have, the higher our IQ scores.
Our brains are expected to be larger as well.
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, changes in climate coincided with the human brain and skull tripling in size. Perhaps we can expect more of this in the future.
We'll be able to modify our baby's genes before they are born.
Artificial selection has been practiced on plants and other animals in the past. For example, did you know that farmers used this process to evolve the wild mustard in common vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, and kohlrabi?
More recently, artificial selection is being tested for use in modifying human genes before a baby's birth. One major benefit includes eliminating diseases. The process is expected to drive most of our evolution.
People in the future will be also able to customize their baby's physical appearances.
Through artificial selection, we'll also be able to select for more desirable physical traits. This, of course, may create a division between the classes.
"Parents could basically choose which sperm and egg get to meet up to produce a baby based on genetic information about which genes contribute to which physical and mental traits," says evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller.
"If the rich and powerful keep the artificial-selection technology to themselves, then you could get that kind of split between a kind of upper-class, dominant population and a lower-class, genetically oppressed population," he added.
So, if you want your descendants to be ridiculously good looking, it could happen.
We'll develop poor eyesight.
We do so many things today that strain our eyes. Watch TV and browse the Internet for hours on end, for example. But don't worry, there will be developments such as bionic lenses to save the day.
Bionic bunny was child's play, bionic humans are the real deal.
Bionic is a term used to describe the condition of having artificial, usually electromechanical, body parts. We associate these characteristics with robots, but we'll likely see them more and more in humans, especially if mechanical organs run better than the ones we're born with.
Researches predict we might become thinner and taller.
Taller and thinner bodies deal with excess body heat better than other types. These characteristics will help us withstand the rise in temperature.
Nanobots will help us fight disease.
Nanobots are tiny, self-propelled machines that are designed to perform a specific tasks with the utmost precision. This idea is still in the research and development mode, but it's expected to help fight cancer and other diseases.
Companies are already working on extending the average lifespan.
Here's Arthur Levinson, Calico chief executive, with President Barack Obama. With Google Inc, Levinson established Calico (California Life Company) in 2013. with the purpose of combating aging and any disease associated with it. The company is now a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.
Our sex lives will look very different.
Some theorists say that men will have larger penises while some will have smaller ones. Some say that we'll have decreased sex drives.
Dr. Laura Berman, a sex and relationship expert, suggests that our sexual satisfaction will become increasingly independent, or at least less people dependent. There will probably be sex robots, less touching, and long distance relationships as the norm. Definitions of gender and orientations will become increasingly fluid.
Driverless cars will rule the road.
This map highlights the states where public road testing of driverless cars are legal as of March 2016.
Space will also be reimagined.
Ever heard of utility fog, or polymorphic smart materials? Well, the idea is an extension of nanotechnology. Here's a glimpse of how it would work from the site Nanotechnology Now:
"Suppose, instead of building the object you want atom by atom , the tiny robots linked their arms together to form a solid mass in the shape of the object you wanted? Then, when you got tired of that avant-garde coffeetable, the robots could simply shift around a little and you'd have an elegant Queen Anne piece instead."
Diversity will decrease in some ways.
There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world today, but at least one is falling out of use every two weeks. Yes, there is such a thing as endangered languages.
For example, the dominant use of English is threatening indigenous languages in North America. There are many languages that can only be spoken by a few people, and for some, only one person.
What does Stephen Hawking have to say about the fate of the future?
While there have been some fatal mistakes along the way, mankind has made some tremendous breakthroughs in science and technology. These advancements can bring out the best and unfortunately the worst in us, and there are, of course, some disasters that we cannot prevent. These thoughts make our future look uncertain, even dark. Here's what theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking suggests.
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