posted on May, 12 2010 @ 02:07 PM
Well, of course, human beings are only a transitional species on this planet, and we're not likely to live more than a few thousand years more, if
But it's not because of mistakes we've made. It's because we're too clever for our own good. We're so smart that pretty soon we'll be able to
dig around in our own DNA pretty much at will. And because we have such a love of self-modification, you can bet it won't take long for a lot of
people to give themselves or their offspring wings, or night vision, or a hard skin resistant to UV rays, or whatever, in as many colors and shapes as
you can imagine. So that will pretty much be the end of humanity as we know it.
The other way we'll do away with ourselves is with our technology. It won't be long until we're able to create a thinking, feeling, self-aware,
self-replicating machine that is essentially so close to being "alive" that there will be no difference. And at that point, all bets are off.
They'll compete with us for already scarce resources, and might have a good shot at muscling us out of existence because they will be better at
adapting than we are. Faster, anyway. And that might give them the edge.
Our only hope will be that our little robot children will get bored with staying on Earth, and spread out into the galaxy to colonize. They'll be
able to do it. We sure can't. We can't pass the physical.
So maybe in 5,000 years there will be some vague remnant of humanity left on Earth. But chances are it won't look a whole lot like us.