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(Forbes)   What humans will look in 100,000 years according to someone who should never be allowed to use Photoshop ever again   (forbes.com) divider line 59
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2013-06-10 12:27:59 PM  
Scenesters are the next step in human evolution.
 
2013-06-10 12:39:25 PM  
Here's what I'll look like in 100,000 years:

www.criticalchristian.com
Probably spread out a bit though.
 
2013-06-10 12:41:42 PM  
Or MSPaint.
 
2013-06-10 12:43:01 PM  
Chicks will still have tits, right? Because I didn't see a word about tits in that entire article.
 
2013-06-10 12:47:10 PM  
In fairness, it's been played with by several authors over the years, and I suspect that we'll do a bit of selection for traits, and certainly outright engineering, a lot sooner than that for some things. I doubt that we'll be all adapted for extra-solar environments, and that divergence will see a lot of variations, depending on environment. Those folks who set out for asteroid settlements for mining purposes will wind up tweaking their genome a bit differently than folks headed for a higher gravity world with increased air pressure. Same will be hold that folks who may settle lower gravity and lowered air pressure, and those folks who are on entirely artificial environments will certainly select traits differently than folks on the ground, and those on the ground will genegineer depending on environment, or even if they can go outside, period.

The photoshop is absolutely horrific though, not because of the Uncanny Valley, but simply put, that was such a rush job that the intern who worked those graphics up should be ashamed. And the editor who said, "Looks good enough..."

To project even 10,000 years in the future is mighty prognostication, when you factor in technology and genetic modification, let alone 100,000. Not even for the issue of eyes and changing the mechanics of our blinking mechanism, but simply for the matter of even assuming that the species lasts that long. The rebuttal that they link to is a far better article.
 
2013-06-10 12:48:28 PM  
It looks like Garry's Mod will be installed IRL 100,000 years from now
 
2013-06-10 12:48:31 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: Chicks will still have tits, right? Because I didn't see a word about tits in that entire article.


Large tits and penises, actually.  The unfortunate aspect is that the increasingly large tits and large horse-sized penises will weigh them to the ground and they will become four-legged animals. The weight of their breasts and penises will eventually force their return to the oceans, where they will eventually evolve into whales and finallydolphins.
 
2013-06-10 12:54:48 PM  
The rebuttal does have some delicious whining about his work being misrepresented, while attempting to defend his broad umbrella of "possible" developments--which in fairness, look oddly enough like they might have been simply lifted from a Larry Niven novel, sans the ancient aliens coming to enslave us all once they get out of stasis or the giant ratcats coming to devour our children, and certainly without half the scientific basis that Niven uses...
 
2013-06-10 12:58:06 PM  
So in 100,000 years everyone human will be a Caucasian Japanese anime creature?
 
2013-06-10 01:01:28 PM  

skinink: So in 100,000 years everyone human will be a Caucasian Japanese anime creature?


Will there be tentacles?
 
2013-06-10 01:03:04 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-06-10 01:20:34 PM  
stop greenlighting this story.
It was stupid enough the first 5 times
 
2013-06-10 01:22:17 PM  
Humans will evolve into twister whiskers?
 
2013-06-10 01:31:25 PM  
so browner with big eyes. once again i am head of the curve.
 
2013-06-10 01:34:29 PM  
Wow. The Japanese had it right all along.

www.wallsave.com
 
2013-06-10 01:35:43 PM  
This is crap.  We're all going to be some shade of brown by then.  Because sex with the sexy latin ladies is worth it
 
2013-06-10 01:36:49 PM  
Bigger eyes, so we're evolving into this:

fc09.deviantart.net
 
2013-06-10 01:37:08 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: This is crap.  We're all going to be some shade of brown by then.  Because sex with the sexy latin ladies is worth it


^^ this. so much this...
 
2013-06-10 01:38:03 PM  

Ba'boon: Wow. The Japanese had it right all along.

[www.wallsave.com image 300x168]


Damn, if I hadn't taken so long to find a decent pic...
 
2013-06-10 01:38:07 PM  
We will likely be smaller (as physical ability will be less important), skin pigmentation is apt to merge a number of colors in a muted grayish tone (depending on the cooling/heating of the earth this could be darker, or lighter gray), and it's possible our head and eyes will grow larger as our brains develop and we continue to stimulate ourselves primarily through visual interfaces.


These guys aren't aliens, they're time travelers...
i361.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-10 01:39:59 PM  
No, no, no.  We will all look like Greys in 100,000 years.  Then we will go back in time and analprobe our ancestors.
 
2013-06-10 01:41:43 PM  
I predict it will be more like this

l3.yimg.com
 
2013-06-10 01:43:54 PM  
Mom!!
Make him stop looking at me!!
 
2013-06-10 01:45:15 PM  
Looks like someone found their old install disk for Kai's Power Goo.
 
2013-06-10 01:50:59 PM  
I doubt we will still be meat in 1000 years, let alone 100,000.
 
2013-06-10 01:53:29 PM  
This guy's first mistake is thinking there will still be two separate genders 50 years from now.

/made my kids' breakfast today.
 
2013-06-10 01:56:00 PM  
I guess if you really want depictions or space aliens to be real.

My predictions

1) Mouths and teeth will degenerate because the need to tear and grind natural foods such as tough raw meat or tubers is not necessary in an increasingly processed food diet.

2) Eyes will not get bigger to see in dim environments but may shrink because of duh artificial illumination.

3) Brains will not expand but may shrink as "smart devices" take on more of our interactions with our environment.

4) Who knows what features will change because of sexual selection.
 
2013-06-10 01:58:12 PM  
We'll look like this:

4.bp.blogspot.com

Our world will be this:

www.thelibertybeacon.com

And TV will be this:

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-10 02:08:45 PM  
The mistake TFA is making is that they believe that natural selection based on environmental factors will shape the human genome in the future. Over the past century our technology has come close to eliminating early mortality, so almost everyone can breed. The traits being selected for now have nothing to do with better eyesight or resistance to UV, we are mostly selecting for wealth and physical attractiveness.

Additionally, the whole concept of natural selection in humans will be an obsolete concept once we start bioengineering ourselves.
 
2013-06-10 02:17:09 PM  
www.show.me.uk

As an evolutionary biologist, I'm going with no on that face.
 
2013-06-10 02:21:21 PM  
media-cache-is0.pinimg.com
 
2013-06-10 02:21:25 PM  
That's Keane.
 
2013-06-10 02:35:02 PM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: The mistake TFA is making is that they believe that natural selection based on environmental factors will shape the human genome in the future. Over the past century our technology has come close to eliminating early mortality, so almost everyone can breed. The traits being selected for now have nothing to do with better eyesight or resistance to UV, we are mostly selecting for wealth and physical attractiveness.

Additionally, the whole concept of natural selection in humans will be an obsolete concept once we start bioengineering ourselves.


TFA:

Lamm says this is "one possible timeline," where, thanks to zygotic genome engineering technology, our future selves would have the ability to control human biology and human evolution in much the same way we control electrons to power our world today. (For a critique of the scientific assumptions behind Lamm's hypothesis, see this post by Forbes reporter Matthew Herper.)

Lamm speaks of "wresting control" of the human form from natural evolution and bending human biology to suit our needs. The illustrations were inspired by conversations with Dr. Alan Kwan, who holds a PhD in computational genomics from Washington University, UPDATE: Lamm's project was also sponsored by the website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, where he has a blog.


I was all prepared to come in here and post "evolution does not work like that" but the article specifically states they're making the assumption that natural selection has nothing to do with this.
 
2013-06-10 02:35:56 PM  
I have to give the guy credit. We all enjoy getting drunk and high, but most of us don't manage to get our crazy ideas talked about on Forbes the next morning.
 
2013-06-10 02:37:04 PM  

Grapple: Looks like someone found their old install disk for Kai's Power Goo.


Came in here to say this.
 
2013-06-10 02:40:52 PM  
On this news, Precious Moments figurine prices skyrocket.

www.annscardsandgifts.com
 
2013-06-10 02:48:40 PM  
nogoodforme.filmstills.org
 
2013-06-10 02:55:38 PM  
I'm discrediting this article because the subjects are wearing gray t-shirts.  From everything we've seen, it is widely accepted that we will all be wearing silver jumpsuits in the future.
 
2013-06-10 03:01:45 PM  
Looks more like Kai's Power Tools than Photoshop.
 
2013-06-10 03:04:15 PM  
Why would our brains enlarge? The blessing of modern infrastructure and automation combined with science to ease our lives should, if anything, result in a creature LESS intelligent and resourceful than one that has to eke out a living in a harsher world. Like the difference between the domestic dog and a wolf.

The average human being 1000 years ago probably knew how to make fire with just what was around him, fashion a cutting blade, and make sturdy cover. The average person now cant even handle that.
 
2013-06-10 03:12:39 PM  
 
2013-06-10 03:14:42 PM  
Pfft, women aren't going to be wearing that hairstyle in AD 102013.

And neutral grays for clothing?  That's so 101990's.
 
2013-06-10 03:15:57 PM  

Subtle_Canary: The average human being 1000 years ago probably knew how to make fire with just what was around him, fashion a cutting blade, and make sturdy cover. The average person now cant even handle that.


That's a difference in training, not intelligence. The average Pleistocene hunter-gatherer couldn't program an Apache web server to save his life, wouldn't that make him stupid by your logic?
 
2013-06-10 03:32:45 PM  
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-06-10 03:40:59 PM  
As much of TFA as I could read before it crashed my browser seemed to suggest that people will evolve larger eyes as a result of using Google Glass.  That would require a reproductive preference for individuals using Google Glass, which seems highly unlikely.

//they might evolve into a separate subspecies, though
 
2013-06-10 03:48:23 PM  
I already have a pronounced superciliary arch.  I am 60,000 years more evolved than you infra-people.
 
2013-06-10 03:51:54 PM  

bdub77: Here's what I'll look like in 100,000 years:

[www.criticalchristian.com image 411x377]
Probably spread out a bit though.


Too environmentally unfriendly. I'm planning to become a decomponaut.

/original plan was to be cremated and have my ashes thrown out into space, but I have lots of metal in my body that doesn't need to be released into atmo
 
2013-06-10 03:52:12 PM  
So...no blacks or hispanics?  Future's looking bright!

;)
 
2013-06-10 03:53:32 PM  
Stopped reading at We've come along way
 
2013-06-10 03:57:11 PM  
Might not take that long...

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
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