• 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

There were questions about the credibility and the speculations Kwan made. Beginning with the fact that 100,000 years are less for an evolution take place. Also, the reasons for evolution could be not presented clearly.

Forbes reporter, Parmy Olsen had initially written about Dr. Alan Kawan’s speculation. Nevertheless, another reporter of Forbes, Matthew Herper brought out a clear picture as to whether it is science or just speculation, by reviewing to Leonid Kruglyak, the William R. Harman ’63 and Mary-Love Harman Professor in Genomics, Michael Eisen; a professor at UC Berkeley; Matthew MacManes, another UC Berkeley geneticist; and Razib Khan, author of the wonderful Gene Expression blog at Discover.

Apparently the scientists were baffled on the matter rather than toasting to it.

This picture had been widely broadcasted as to this is how exactly we could be looking like in a million years.

Sorry to burst your bubbles but we aren’t going to look like anime characters with huge doe shaped eyes.

This is a possibility but one in a million speculation.

Future ?

A world where augmented reality is gaining more and more adherents, smart glasses like Google Glass or smartwatches like the iWatch could lead to an entirely different future.


We are leading on a world where immortality could be a possible event, by downloading the consciousness into a machine or by transplanting the head.

Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero has released reports of fusing of the spinal cords of mouse’s and they have been alive up to 36 hours. He also claimed that human transplanting in human cadavers has been successful. Although it raises red flags it is still a pathway for immortality.

Sergio Canavero
The could be Frankenstein surgeon - Sergio Canavero

The future looks bright, creepy, innovative, interplanetary movements, AI throwing us out, genetic engineering overpowering us, and of course let's not forget the apes.

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