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What will we look like in 100,000 years ?


Posted on Monday, 10 June, 2013 | Comment icon 69 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: Nickolay Lamm

 
An artist and geneticist have teamed up to produce an image of how humans may look in the future.

Nickolay Lamm and Alan Kwan have envisioned a future where humans will be able to determine their own evolution using sophisticated genetic engineering technology and in which both our eyes and our brains will be noticeably larger. The increase in eye size would be due to a combination of living in space and an increasing tendency for humans to find strong facial features attractive. An increase in head size would serve to accommodate a larger brain.

"In this future, humankind has wrested control of the human form from natural evolution and are able to bend human biology to human needs," said Kwamm. Both researchers were keen to emphasize however that their prediction is more of an existential exercise than a scientific one. "I just tried to do this for fun," said Lamm. "This project was more for entertainment purposes."

"In 100,000 years, people might have larger heads, Google Glass type contact lenses and sideways-blinking oversized Disney eyes that glow green with cat-like night vision."

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Comment icon #60 Posted by seeder on 12 June, 2013, 9:32
We're suppose to be more intelligent today with all the advancements we made then our ancestors 100,000 years ago. Maybe on a technological level. But on a wisdom level? Hmmmm But its not 'all' of us who invented the airplane, the telephone, the computer, the inter net, life saving medicines, ...thats all down to to only a 'few' compared to the size of the population.... we are not 'all' more intelligent, but some do make progress and change the world. Anyone here ever done anything outstanding that got praised for the intelligence behind it? Well? Anyone? Could you make a fire with just stick... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by Slave2Fate on 12 June, 2013, 9:46
I have to agree that the people having the most offspring are the most ignorant, and the most religious people. The children in the West generally all survive, but if you only have 2 with a 99.9% chance of survival to adulthood, those with 8 kids with a 25% mortality rate are still going to have 6 kids survive to adulthood. The health of these people does not really matter, because as long as a person lives to an age to reproduce, they are being biologically successful. So those religious people in the US that have large families are probably going to eventually control a larger part of the ec... [More]
Comment icon #62 Posted by Slave2Fate on 12 June, 2013, 9:49
Could you make a fire with just sticks like our dumb ancestors did? Could you? Piece of cake...next!
Comment icon #63 Posted by seeder on 12 June, 2013, 9:50
Piece of cake...next! ok you got me! fair do's
Comment icon #64 Posted by Zaphod222 on 12 June, 2013, 14:15
So those religious people in the US that have large families are probably going to eventually control a larger part of the economy and politics. So, in that way they will be more successful as a group also. There is not one group of "religious people". Maybe you are thinking of the usual target of ridicule, the American bible belt denisen. But if you think that they even stand a chance against those of the religion that practises child marriage, polygamy, and forced conversion (including "honor killing" for girls who marry outside the dogma), you have a surprise coming. And besides that, there... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by Hawkin on 12 June, 2013, 17:16
But its not 'all' of us who invented the airplane, the telephone, the computer, the inter net, life saving medicines, ...thats all down to to only a 'few' compared to the size of the population.... we are not 'all' more intelligent, but some do make progress and change the world. Anyone here ever done anything outstanding that got praised for the intelligence behind it? Well? Anyone? Could you make a fire with just sticks like our dumb ancestors did? Could you? . There were those that invent items and then there are those that maintain those items. The airplane, telephone and computer requires... [More]
Comment icon #66 Posted by seeder on 12 June, 2013, 17:41
There were those that invent items and then there are those that maintain those items. The airplane, telephone and computer requires maintenance and repair. I would say that takes intelligence. (on a technological level) As for our ancestors being dumb, I would disagree. It would take great survival skills to overcome the obstacles they endured. Hunting game animals and finding edible plant material requires cunning and endurance. My comment about the ancestors was intended as sarcasm. I for one am well into all they achieved and paved the way for. But I do disagree about the current level of ... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Abramelin on 12 June, 2013, 18:52
Cheers Id forgotten all about that, but I think its more of an abstract image than a depiction of someone real !! Maybe an animal/woman type of thing? Yeah, a real beast of a woman, lol.
Comment icon #68 Posted by Hawkin on 12 June, 2013, 23:39
My comment about the ancestors was intended as sarcasm. I for one am well into all they achieved and paved the way for. But I do disagree about the current level of individual intelligence, or maybe we could say, lack of the motivation to be creative and inventive. Most of the population go to work, doing a job they were shown/taught how to do, come home and eat, in a house filled with tech to make their lives easy. I remember once watching a docu on some place that had a civil war starting. I will always remember one woman crying into the camera and saying, " Please help us, we have no gas, w... [More]
Comment icon #69 Posted by seeder on 12 June, 2013, 23:51
I will agree with you that technology has spoiled us. A coworker forgot his cellphone and left it at home and made a comment how he felt lost without it. My guess is that he was going through some kind of withdrawal like a person without a cigarette. A technological society is a vulnerable society. If that one key ingredient was lost (electricity) then everyone is screwed. But innovated people (with good intentions) invented these gadgets to make our lives easier only to make it more complex. spot on!


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