Resources on the Future Human

BBC – 2012: Visions of the Future -

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20121220-2012-visions-of-the-future

Images of some of the technology of tomorrow – from handheld attack drones to lab-grown burgers.


Microsoft – Future Vision:

http://www.microsoft.com/office/vision/

In 5-10 years, how will people get things done at work, at home, and on the go? (NOTE: This is not a contribution from Microsoft the company but a special feature of MS Office.


Scholarly Articles via Google on the search term, “Future Human Evolution” –

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=future+human+evolution&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ei=buTjUOmzEaqYiQKfkoHACA&ved=0CDwQgQMwAA

An extensive array of scientific and scholarly articles, books, journal entries, etc., covering a wide range of related areas to the future of human evolution (NOTE: Scholarly and scientic writings are, for the most part, the most authorative sources and always well referenced. However, many of these types of writings are not for the general public and require interpretation in lay person terms).


National Geographic – Future Humans: Four Ways We May or May Not Evolve -

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/11/091124-origin-of-species-150-darwin-human-evolution.html

But where is evolution taking us? Will our descendants hurtle through space as relatively unchanged as the humans on the starship Enterprise? Will they be muscle-bound cyborgs? Or will they chose to digitize their consciousnesses—becoming electronic immortals?


Live Science – The Future of Evolution: What Will We Become? -

http://www.livescience.com/5859-future-evolution.html

Editor’s Note: This is the last in a 10-part LiveScience series on the origin, evolution and future of the human species and the mysteries that remain to be solved.


Cracked.com – 5 Disturbing Ways the Human Body Will Evolve in the Future -

http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-disturbing-ways-the-human-body-will-evolve-in-the-future/

We don’t think of ourselves as changing: We’re the same basic meat-popsicles we’ve always been. But some of the surprising changes that the future holds in store for the human body are ball-shatteringly disturbing, so you’d better have an iron stomach if you plan on reading this (though if not, don’t worry; thats probably in the pipeline too). (NOTE: Cracked.com is clearly an over-the-top eZine but not without credibility. The articles are usually well-referenced, even if the subject matter is distasteful or controversial).


WhatWeMayBe.com –

http://www.whatwemaybe.org/

Future Human Evolution – Eugenics in the 21st Century – This is a book (PDF) available for free download written by John Glad, a retired professor of Russian Studies. The Executive Summary states:

Evolutionary selection has been radically relaxed in the human species as a result of the development of civilization, science in general, and medicine in particular. While these advances have hugely benefited current populations, they have to a significant degree released the species from the biological process which created it and maintains its viability. Formerly, natural selection took place largely as a result of differential mortality, but now that most people survive well beyond their child bearing years, selection is determined largely by differential fertility. Aside from genetic illnesses, this new selection is also characterized by a negative correlation between fertility and intelligence–the core of eugenic concern for over a century.

Eugenics views itself as the fourth leg of the chair of civilization, the other three being a) a thrifty expenditure of natural resources, b) mitigation of environmental pollution, and c) maintenance of a human population not exceeding the planet’s carrying capacity. Eugenics, which can be thought of as human ecology, is thus part and parcel of the environmental movement. Humanity is defined, not as the totality of the currently living population, but as the number of people who will potentially ever live. This is a book about the struggle for human rights and parental responsibility.

Link to the book

http://www.whatwemaybe.org/txt/txt0000/Glad.John.2008.FHE.Meisenberg-abridgement.r004.en.pdf



Natural History (Magazine) – Man 500,000 Years From Now -

http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/picks-from-the-past/151691/man-500000-years-from-now

A Scientific Attempt to Forecast What May Occur in the Future Evolution of Man


Web4Health.info – The Future of Homo Sapiens; The Future of Human Evolution -

http://web4health.info/en/aux/homo-sapiens-future.html

Will the human species, Homo Sapiens, continue to evolve in the next millions of years? If so, how? What can we learn from what we know about Homo Sapiens development until now?


Scientific American – The Future of Man: How Will Evolution Change Humans (NOTE: This is an entire issue devoted to the subject) -

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-future-of-man

People commonly assume that our species has evolved very little since prehistoric times. Yet new studies using genetic information from populations around the globe suggest that the pace of human evolution increased with the advent of agriculture and cities. If we are still evolving, what might our species look like in a millennium should we survive whatever environ­mental and social surprises are in store for us? Specu­la­tion ranges from the hopeful to the dystopian.


NickBostrom.com – The Future of Human Evolution -

http://www.nickbostrom.com/fut/evolution.html

NOTE: Nick Bostrom is associated with the Future of Humanity Institute.

Link to full PDF – http://www.nickbostrom.com/fut/evolution.pdf

Evolutionary development is sometimes thought of as exhibiting an inexorable trend towards higher, more complex, and normatively worthwhile forms of life. This paper explores some dystopian scenarios where freewheeling evolutionary developments, while continuing to produce complex and intelligent forms of organization, lead to the gradual elimination of all forms of being that we care about. We then consider how such catastrophic outcomes could be avoided and argue that under certain conditions the only possible remedy would be a globally coordinated policy to control human evolution by modifying the fitness function of future intelligent life forms.


NBC News – Fast Forward: The Future of Evolution –

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7093738/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Evolution and the controversy surrounding it aren’t standing still. NSNBC.com looks at where our species, our diets, the animal kingdom and even the debate over evolution itself might be going next.


HowStuffWorks.com – Is The Human Brain Still Evolving? -

http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/brain-evolution.htm

When we daydream about the future, we tend to focus on the fabulous belongings we’re going to have. Jet packs, flying cars, weapons to kill aliens, cell phones that make today’s sleek models look clunky — you name it, we’re going to have it. We don’t tend to focus, however, on who we’ll be in the future. Most of us probably picture ourselves exactly the same, though maybe thinner, as surely we’ll all have robot personal trainers by then. While we see the world’s technology evolving to meet our needs, we may not think about how we ourselves might be evolving.


I09.com – 20 Essential Books about the Next Step In Human Evolution

http://io9.com/5959618/20-books-about-the-next-step-in-human-evolution


American Music of Natural History – The Future of Human Evolution -

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/human-origins/the-future-of-human-evolution

As we look toward the future, experts debate whether we might alter the course of human evolution.


The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science – The Future of Human Evolution -

http://bjps.oxfordjournals.org/content/63/1/145.abstract

There is a tendency in both scientific and humanistic disciplines to think of biological evolution in humans as significantly impeded if not completely overwhelmed by the robust cultural and technological capabilities of the species. The aim of this article is to make sense of and evaluate this claim.


USNews – Science – Where Is Human Evolution Heading? -

http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2008/07/24/where-is-human-evolution-heading

If you judge the progress of humanity by Homer Simpson, Paris Hilton, and Girls Gone Wild videos, you might conclude that our evolution has stalled—or even shifted into reverse. Not so, scientists say. Humans are evolving faster than ever before, picking up new genetic traits and talents that may help us survive a turbulent future.


SpaceColonization.wikia.com – Future Human Evolution -

http://spacecolonization.wikia.com/wiki/Future_human_evolution

We have all our eggs in this one basket called planet Earth that could easily suffer a global disaster, perhaps destroying the human race, but at the least setting us back centuries or longer. Also, sometime within this generation or the next, we will run out of oil, and sometime after that, we will run out of coal and gas. And, as argued in the anti-congestion argument, global overpopulation may cause humanity to devolve. We will even run out of nuclear fuel. But that’s in the future, and the space agencies of the world are going to be exploiting the resources from space by then anyway, right?


Science 2.0 – Human Evolution: Speeding? Splitting? Borging? And the Future of the Olympics -

http://www.science20.com/brinstorming/human_evolution_speeding_splitting_borging_and_future_olympics-92647

A number of recent web-notables all seem to revolve (eccentrically) around the question of human evolution. Whether it continues. Whether there is such a thing as “selection in groups.” Whether our technological (cyborg) augmentations and/or increasing numbers of “non-neuro-typical” society members portend a new splitting of human destiny. And it looks as if I should have set Existence just five years in the future, instead of 35!


Biospherics.org – The Evolution of Humanity: Past, Present and Possible Future (NOTE: Link leads to a PDF)

http://www.biospherics.org/The%20Evolution%20of%20Humanity%20by%20John%20Allen.pdf

A Review of Humanity’s Taxonomic Classification and Proposal to Classify Humanity as a Sixth Kingdom, Symbolia

The Future of Human Evolution Website

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In loving memory of Bradley K. LaChance

We are proud to announce the Bradley K. LaChance Scholarship in honor of his passion for science and technology. This year, we have chosen to make contributions to the Space Camp General Scholarship Fund. The mission of the fund is to support the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, an organization that provides authentic, inspiring and entertaining educational experiences in space, aviation, science and mathematics. Contributions to the fund are used to sponsor a student’s weeklong stay at the Rocket Center’s annual Space Camp program, which seeks to train and inspire the next generation of astronauts, pilots, explorers, engineers, scientists and leaders. Scholarship recipients are solicited through an application process, and the awardees are selected by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Scholarship Committee.

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People excited about the Future

The Future Human Evolution website is a place on the web for exploration, learning, and speculation for people who enjoy thinking about the future and want to know more about its possibilities.

You’ll find tutorials on complex, evolution-impacting sciences such as genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, and space colonization. There is both awe inspiring and fun art, and fascinating articles that speculate what life – and humans – will be like in the future.

Regardless of whether you’re a creationist, evolutionist, or somewhere in-between or beyond, there is little doubt that major changes, occurring now are about to alter our future forever. Our technology is evolving, our social systems are evolving, and there is little doubt that our bodies will soon follow suit. We invite you to explore these pages.  The future is a blank page waiting for each of us to fill it with our daily actions. What will yours be?  Join us for an interesting journey, into the future of human evolution.


Inside the Future of Human Evolution Website

Future Visions

Ideas ,visions, and speculation about the future of human evolution, futuring methods, future human article reviews, and links to future resources, now.

Genetic Engineering

Articles about genetic engineering, disease elimination, human cloning, engineering ethics, and human improvement.

Space Colonization

The riches of space are compelling. The frailty of our planet frightening. Our need to explore innate. And our drive to survive as a species and propagate has world population at 7 Billion+.  Explore with us the possibilities and plans humans have made to leave cradle earth and expand among the stars.

Today’s Technology

The future is built on what happens today. In this section we look at the technologies of today that are likely to have a profound impact on our collective tomorrow. An 8 article series on Disruptive technology and a review of Big Data get us started.

Artificial Intelligence

Articles about artificial intelligence, the singularity, consciousness, and the outlook of how AI may accompany the future of human evolution. Includes an excellent series explaining today’s artificial intelligence capabilities and challenges.

Human Nature

Understanding human nature. Over 50 original tutorial articles on evolutionary psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology,  human learning, and a dabbling of political philosophy to round it all out.

Evolution and Origins

Where did we come from? Human evolution and origins, the fossil record, human ancestors, evolutionary processes, panspermia, religion, and other theories.

Risks to Humanity

Possible future risks, natural and human triggered disasters, willful self destruction and the greater forces against us.

Nanotechnology

Intro to nanotechnology, its history and possible uses. Application of nanomedicine and nanoscales in the science field. Separate fact from fantasy: in this section we feature an original 10 article intro series about nanotech in the here and now.

The Universe

Particle physics, cosmology, astrobiology, aliens, an intense series on visualizing the universe- all the ways we “see” the physical world. An exploration of time and all the ways we humans experience it.

Transhuman – Post Human

Throw in Human+ (plus) and we have a Trifecta. Are you a transhumanist? In this section we tackle the central idea vs. the terminology vs. the philosophy vs. the doctrine.  Allow us to simplify, then present some interesting ideas that have come from the movement.

Art Galleries

Over 1,000 images covering everything from imaginative futurescapes and telescope-captured space images to future humans and their brains. Alternate universes and nanotechnology included.

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