• Thanushree Anil

What does the future have in store for us?

The Beginning

A hot and dense point similar to that of a supercharged black hole exploded violently and we had the big bang. Since then the universe has been expanding and paved a path to everything that we know now.

This is the most scientific explanation that we can give for the most intriguing question, how did it all begin?

From molecules to aquatic life to reptiles to dinosaurs to humans, we have come a long way and the universe hasn’t done expanding. Speculations can be done for the past of how we evolved, how we lived as Neanderthals, how we survived without fire.

We had features for adapting the conditions of a particular environment.

For example, the epicanthal fold is found in more of the Asian descendants that could have helped them from snow blindness in the extremely cold climates. It could be seen in the descendants of Africa, that could have been to protect them from the ultraviolet rays.

As each generation passes, we evolve to suit our environment more, just as animals.

Considering the appendix as somewhat of a useless organ of our body, we have a lot of evolutionary residues still in our bodies.

For instance, humans before us required wider and stronger jaws to chew hard food, but now our jaws have become smaller due to the cooked and processed foods that are available. Many more signs of evolution can be found in our bodies.

Evolution happened to us and is still happening to us.

How many changes would happen to us?

Would we be able to grow a lost limb as Norman Osborn and maybe not turn into a green goblin?

Or will the apes take over?

Or maybe we could downsize ourselves for the growing population?

Or we could just set our retirement plans at Mars?

The possibilities are endless as well as the speculations.

With artificial intelligence speeding up progressively humans will too progress in the matter of brain activity.

Our lifespan has been extended thanks to science and the same could one day make a world where there are no handicaps. Transhumanism is minuscule robots that the scientists predict could help us augment our capabilities even more.

The University of Oregon is developing bionic eyes to help the blind to see, versions of it existing.

In the earlier years of earth, evolution happened based on how well we survived. However, today, getting electricity, processed food, clean water is not a tough task and so the evolution may take 100,000 years and beyond to see obvious modulations in the race.

Giving light to the fact that global warming and climate are happening to the earth, in the future humans may look darker because of all the extra heat and UV radiations as the dark skin can help us withstand it.

Dr. Alan Kwan and Nickolay Lamm

Nickolay Lamm who is an artist and a researcher had illustrated how humans would look like in the future drawing inspiration from the conversation with Dr. Alan Kwan who holds a Ph.D. in computational genomics from Washington.

Apparently this picture is a tad bit farfetched as for one point, our brains have been shrinking ever since the stone age. We have tamed ourselves like domestic animals or rather less wild.

In addition to that as our brain shrank, we did not get dumber but we have been advancing with acute and responsive brains.

Lamm says that since the possibility of achieving control over human biology and human evolution, this timeline could be possible by zygotic genome engineering technology.

Kwan stressed on:

  • In 100,000 years, the ability to control the human genome

  • As people start to colonize the solar system the eyes might get larger because of the dimmer environment.

  • The skin would become more pigmented to lessen the damage from the UV rays

  • Mastery over human morphological genetics.

  • Large nostrils for easier breath in off-planet environments.

  • Denser hair to contain heat loss

  • Genetic alterations

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