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02-05-2014, 09:09 AM
Evolution - what's next?
So what do you think will have changed about humans in - let's say, 1000 years?

Not that far ahead in the scope of things, but probably enough generations to show some notable changes....

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02-05-2014, 09:10 AM
RE: Evolution - what's next?
(02-05-2014 09:09 AM)Dom Wrote:  So what do you think will have changed about humans in - let's say, 1000 years?

Not that far ahead in the scope of things, but probably enough generations to show some notable changes....

That depends if we start augmenting ourselves.

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02-05-2014, 09:14 AM
RE: Evolution - what's next?
(02-05-2014 09:10 AM)Alex_Leonardo Wrote:  
(02-05-2014 09:09 AM)Dom Wrote:  So what do you think will have changed about humans in - let's say, 1000 years?

Not that far ahead in the scope of things, but probably enough generations to show some notable changes....

That depends if we start augmenting ourselves.

Assume we do then, assume anything you consider likely... it's just fantasy afterall.

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02-05-2014, 09:18 AM
RE: Evolution - what's next?
(02-05-2014 09:14 AM)Dom Wrote:  
(02-05-2014 09:10 AM)Alex_Leonardo Wrote:  That depends if we start augmenting ourselves.

Assume we do then, assume anything you consider likely... it's just fantasy afterall.

Humans-
Asexual reproduction
ability to walk both paths. (From "the path not taken")
reached Maximum theoretical data density
Ability to travel around the universe.
Completely repairable.
Cloud memories stored. (If you die, you can come back to life.)
Almost indestructible.

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02-05-2014, 09:21 AM
RE: Evolution - what's next?
You're assuming that humans will change at all.

Humans manipulate the environment to suit themselves, rather than the environment manipulating the organism. Our environments will effectively be static.

And if we learned anything from, say, fish that have been living since prehistoric times until now, who hardly changed at all because their environment has been relatively constant for tens of millions of years - evolution is dead.

Natural evolution anyway. Why knows about genetic engineering.
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02-05-2014, 09:23 AM
RE: Evolution - what's next?
I was thinking of this while I watched the Inner Fish series on PBS. what's after us on the evolutionary tree?

not in a 1000 yrs, but I think we will become leaner and lankier. I don't think the chubby US lifestyle will survive the coming wars and planet climate change.

I also think our hearing capability will change for the worse.


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02-05-2014, 09:26 AM
RE: Evolution - what's next?
(02-05-2014 09:18 AM)Alex_Leonardo Wrote:  
(02-05-2014 09:14 AM)Dom Wrote:  Assume we do then, assume anything you consider likely... it's just fantasy afterall.

Humans-
Asexual reproduction
ability to walk both paths. (From "the path not taken")
reached Maximum theoretical data density
Ability to travel around the universe.
Completely repairable.
Cloud memories stored. (If you die, you can come back to life.)
Almost indestructible.

Also, the ability to look into the past by going faster than light. (Intercepting old light, so they could see the past.)

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02-05-2014, 09:26 AM
RE: Evolution - what's next?
Consider Good question.

I think within the next 1000 years we might have enough figured out about DNA/RNA to at least extend a good-quality-of-life another 50 years.

I'm not certain that will be a good thing or a bad thing... by that time, it will just be a thing. I mean, we don't often marvel that life expectancy 2000 years ago was roughly half what it is now. Stuff just kind of blends... we might not even notice some things that quite drastically change over 1000 years. Shy

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02-05-2014, 09:29 AM
RE: Evolution - what's next?
(02-05-2014 09:26 AM)kim Wrote:  Consider Good question.

I think within the next 1000 years we might have enough figured out about DNA/RNA to at least extend a good-quality-of-life another 50 years.

I'm not certain that will be a good thing or a bad thing... by that time, it will just be a thing. I mean, we don't often marvel that life expectancy 2000 years ago was roughly half what it is now. Stuff just kind of blends... we might not even notice some things that quite drastically change over 1000 years. Shy

Nah, They'll extend life expectancy over infinity years.

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02-05-2014, 10:17 AM
RE: Evolution - what's next?
(02-05-2014 09:29 AM)Alex_Leonardo Wrote:  
(02-05-2014 09:26 AM)kim Wrote:  Consider Good question.

I think within the next 1000 years we might have enough figured out about DNA/RNA to at least extend a good-quality-of-life another 50 years.

I'm not certain that will be a good thing or a bad thing... by that time, it will just be a thing. I mean, we don't often marvel that life expectancy 2000 years ago was roughly half what it is now. Stuff just kind of blends... we might not even notice some things that quite drastically change over 1000 years. Shy

Nah, They'll extend life expectancy over infinity years.

Well, if they do that and still reproduce, they better find some liveable planets first...

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