As humans, we tend to think about the future a lot. We think about the technology we could be getting, how soon flying cars will get here and when we’ll be able to have a machine-butler make us dinner. Something we don’t think about as much is how our bodies will change. We mean as a species, not like during puberty. We already know that humans 1000 years ago looked way different than we do today (they were significantly shorter and all had rotting teeth). It’s crazy to think how much more humans will change in the next 980 years. So let’s do it.
One of the greatest things that came from the invention of intercontinental transportation is travel. We’re able to experience so many different cultures just by getting in a big metal vehicle that flies us right there. It also means that people can live in other countries which wasn’t possible 1000 years ago. We can interact with people from across the globe and with that comes people making multiracial babies. And that’s awesome. What this means for us is that a higher percentage of the population will be multiracial.
Blue eyes will also become rarer (though probably never die out completely) because they are a recessive gene. Currently, blue-eyed people are mostly concentrated in certain areas which means they’re mating with each other and creating more people with only blue-eyed genes. As we disperse further across the planet, there will be fewer people with just the blue-blue genes.
As technology advances, it will become easier and easier to pick your genes. That means the evolutionary process that makes ‘desirable’ traits more dominant in a species can be sped up significantly. It’s likely by 3000, the majority of people will be taller, stronger and faster than we are now.
Merging with technology?
Elon Musk says the human race needs to merge with technology if we don’t want to get left behind (and taken over?) by artificial intelligence. Yeah, that means putting computers in our brains. If that sounds terrifying and way too science-fictiony for you, sorry, it’s already being worked on. Musk launched a company this year with the purpose of looking at how to augment the human brain with technology. That seems far out, but at least it means we’ll be better able to defend ourselves against a robot uprising.
Prosthetic body parts
It’s pretty incredible how scientific work on prosthetics has developed. Basically, prosthesis can function way better and be much stronger than the human body. In the future, prosthetics might not be just for people who need them for medical reasons, we might all be opting for them because of their improved function. So yeah, looks like we’re all going to be computer-enhanced cyborgs in the future.
In 1000 years, we may be able to literally download our consciousnesses onto hard-drives. That would mean that our brains could essentially live on forever. That kind of boggles the mind, doesn’t it? So we could actually all just look like little silver boxes in the future. Oh yeah, and we also might be living in space. The mind reels at the possibilities.