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By 2050, a completely new type of human will evolve as a result of radical new technology, behaviour, and natural selection.
This is according to Cadell Last, a researcher at the Global Brain Institute, who claims mankind is undergoing a major 'evolutionary transition'.
In less than four decades, Mr Last claims we will live longer, have children in old age and rely on artificial intelligence to do mundane tasks.
This shift is so significant, he claims, it is comparable to the change from monkeys to apes, and apes to humans.
'Your 80 or 100 is going to be so radically different than your grandparents,' Mr Last says, who believe we will spend much of our time living in virtual reality.
Some evolutionary scientists believe this age could be as high as 120 by 2050.
Mr Last claims humans will also demonstrate delayed sexual maturation, according to a report by Christina Sterbenz in Business Insider.
Current global population of over 7 billion is already two to three times higher than the sustainable level. Several recent studies show that Earth’s resources are enough to sustain only about 2 billion people at a European standard of living.
HUMANS WILL COMPETE WITH DROIDS FOR JOBS BY 2014, STUDY CLAIMS
By 2040, cabs will be driven by Google robots, shops will become showrooms for online outlets and call centres will be staffed by intelligent droids.
That’s the scenario depicted in recent research which suggests robots could be taking over our lives and jobs in less than 30 years.
The competition for work caused by a rise in the robots population will see us heading to surgeons for ‘additional processing power for our brains’, they claim.
We may also be requesting bionic implants for our hands that will make us able to perform tasks as fast as any machine.
Futurologists, commissioned by global job search website xpatjobs.com, say workers will have less job security and will work more unsociable hours.
Those who take these risks and innovate with their own bodies will be the biggest earners in 2040, they claim.
However, the study added that workers may be left with poor eyesight, smaller sexual organs, and constantly-furrowed brows as they struggle to keep up to life in the 21st century.
I am an evolutionary anthropologist (MSc.), creator of The Advanced Apes, and science writer currently working on an animated science channel with PBS Digital Studios. My writing has appeared in Scientific American, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, Jane Goodall Institute, American Humanist, Humanity+, and my blog is hosted and promoted by Svbtle. My academic research has focused on the species-level differences between humans and chimpanzees. For my doctorate, I would like to integrate evolutionary anthropological and cybernetic theory to better understand our system emergence and evolution.
originally posted by: neoholographic
a reply to: tothetenthpower
What he's talking about is evolution.
At the end of the day, he makes a very good point because as people augment themselves with technology their biology will begin to evolve differently from those who are resist augmenting themselves with chips in the brain, more advanced artificial limbs and more.