posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 01:12 PM
Fortunately/unfortunately, human evolution is not so simple. It has many different aspects to it.
For one, there's Human Physical Evoltuon. It's how we change in terms of biology. Will we become stronger? Weaker? More resilient to disease? Less
resilient? This type of evo. is dependant on all the others, but is also the slowest to take place (hundreds of thousands of years - half a million
years - for even minor changes). Since all the others fluctuate so rapidly, this could mean that we are more or less stuck in roughly the same
position, and will be for a long time.
Then there's also Human Technological Evolution. It's how we are able to change our environments and ourselves to suit our needs. This is things
like the computer, the internet, medical drugs, therapies, and so on. This evo. is independant of the other evo.s, and is also the fastest changing.
In fact, it's so wide, varied, and fast that it's impossible to really know where we'll be in 100 years technology-wise, let alone the time it
takes for regular evo. to take place.
There's also Human Cultural Evolution. This is based on the old ways and the new tech. Culture is a powerful tool that mankind uses to push itself
into superiority. In fact, our ancestors likely formed communities by hunting together, and the first wars likely came from lack of food and other
basic resources. Human culture is also heavily influenced by technology, and is often challenged by it. This has meant that culture attempts to evolve
at a fast past like technology, but is always held back by those that believe the old ways to be right (whether they are or not is always open to
debate). Culture is the most important though, as it becomes the moral grounds over which we pave the roads of our future.
All three of these are important to ask and question.
So, physically, I believe that the world's rich nations will become more "specialized". This will not be a product of physical evolution, but a
product of diet. Those who do not require excersize or physical labour will more or less atrophy, and become fatter, or will eat less to stay thin.
The latter would be better, as less food consumption will do everyone lots of good.
Techologically we will likely become more computer dependant, and will start placing computers and programs into our every-day lives at an amazing
extent. The real climax of learning and change will come when all information is passed through a free, global net, so almost anything can be accessed
from almost anywhere with ease. Programs will also become more sophisticated, and very "user-friendly" interfaces and programs will come out, with
an increasing amount that are "smart" (able to make programmed alterations to normal functions by anazlyzing user's habits).
Culturally, I would hope that we become more information-based ourselves, and the in-thing will continue to be communication and information (look at
the direction cell-phones have gone in). Computers, electricity, and communication will bring people closer together. A cool thing that might happen
could be electronic tattoos that could change patterns or colours depending on certain chemical stimulants, so that you could have a tattoo that would
be an Angel at one point, and a Skull at the next moment. Perhaps holographic tattoos (like on bank card's, the holographic image that looks 3-d).
Anyways, those are my thoughts.