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Old June 11 2013, 04:42 AM   #1
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Humans in the distant future

Recently Forbes published an article, in which Nickolay Lamm, an artist and researcher, in consultation with a computational geneticist researched into how humans may look in 20 000 years, 60 000 years and 100 000 years into the future.


The link to the article is below.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyols...-100000-years/
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Old June 11 2013, 05:46 AM   #2
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Re: Humans in the distant future

This rebuttal makes a lot more sense.

100,000 years is pretty much nothing on the evolutionary scale, and even with genetic engineering, I don't see parents running out to buy giant-eyed babies. More likely, we'll all be pale, obese, suffering from muscular atrophy, and hooked into virtual reality most of the day.
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Old June 11 2013, 05:54 AM   #3
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More likely, we'll all be pale, obese, suffering from muscular atrophy, and hooked into virtual reality most of the day.

That sounds like a very sad future for mankind.
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Old June 11 2013, 06:08 AM   #4
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More likely, we'll all be pale, obese, suffering from muscular atrophy, and hooked into virtual reality most of the day.

That sounds like a very sad future for mankind.
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Old June 11 2013, 06:40 AM   #5
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I think that humans might need some interstellar challenges in the future to avoid the muscular atrophy and obesity.
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Old June 11 2013, 07:47 AM   #6
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Re: Humans in the distant future

Aren't humans a few hundred thousand years from now supposed to look like this dude?





The linked article wrote:
We’ve come along way looks-wise from our homo sapien ancestors.
Sorry, but I can't give much credence to an article that has two errors in its first sentence.
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Old June 11 2013, 07:52 AM   #7
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Besides, evolution could find less sophisticated brains a better choice for survival in the long run.
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Old June 11 2013, 08:05 AM   #8
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i'm pretty sure we will at some time see the genetic modding culture from
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Old June 11 2013, 08:19 AM   #9
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My money is on Yellowstone provoking bigger change.
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Old June 11 2013, 08:34 AM   #10
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Old June 11 2013, 08:52 AM   #11
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If you look at the work of Zager and Evans, they argue that by the year 4545, Humans will not have any use for their eyes or teeth. They discuss their findings here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izQB2-Kmiic
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Old June 11 2013, 09:42 AM   #12
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100,000 years? But I want big eyes now
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Old June 11 2013, 10:09 AM   #13
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Old June 12 2013, 12:49 AM   #14
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So our descendants will look like Bratz dolls? O_o
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Old June 12 2013, 10:00 AM   #15
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Natural evolution is pretty much done for Humanity, unless civilization collapses, especially in terms of natural selection. Technology pretty much negates that already. Sexual selection has been far more important in the biologically recent past. Currently, medical selection is the most important factor, but that will be reversed by genetic medicine in the next century or two. What Humanity looks like in 100,000 years will be determined more by how we consciously decide to integrate biotech with ourselves than by any natural forces.
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