Resources on the Future Human

BBC – 2012: Visions of the Future -

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

Microsoft – Future 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” –

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 -

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? -

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. – 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: 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). –

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

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

A Scientific Attempt to Forecast What May Occur in the Future Evolution of Man – The Future of Homo Sapiens; The Future of Human Evolution -

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) -

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. – The Future of Human Evolution -

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

Link to full 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 –

Evolution and the controversy surrounding it aren’t standing still. looks at where our species, our diets, the animal kingdom and even the debate over evolution itself might be going next. – Is The Human Brain Still Evolving? -

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

American Music of Natural History – 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 -

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? -

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. – 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 -

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

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