Science, technology and opposable thumbs have made us humans the masters of our world in a short time within the long history of this planet. With such a fast pace of progress, what's it all going to look like in 1000 years?
Well, OK maybe not that. But seriously, there are exciting things to look forward to. A new video by AsapSCIENCE discusses how the science of the future might transform humans and society in interesting ways.
One thing to look forward to is nanobots that can be integrated into our bodies, arming us with superhuman immune systems and the ability to better fight diseases like cancer.
In the more distant future, artificial selection will also let us modify our genes to get rid of diseases or cultivate desirable traits like strength or intelligence. Unfortunately, as the video points out, the resulting lack of genetic variation might also make us more vulnerable to being wiped out by a single disease.
Finally, we might one day be able to scan our brains into computers. Then we could travel in the blink of an eye, wouldn't need to eat and could replicate ourselves in just minutes. Whether these copies are actually us, however, is really a philosophical debate.
Along the way, our societies will change in many other ways in response to globalization and climate change, from many languages disappearing to darker skin becoming a protective advantage against UV radiation.
We aren't anywhere close to achieving all of these changes, either hard earned or incidental. But for the moment, we've invented brain-computer interfaces that help paralyzed people move robotic arms or even walk; we are using brain stimulation to ease the problems of neurological diseases and are testing brain implants to read memories. We may not be able to upload ourselves to the cloud yet, but step by step, we're paving the way for a future in which humans are much less limited by their bodies.