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Posted Aug 15, '13 at 7:18pm

stinkyjim

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If evolution is a response to a current environment, then the next plausible trait for us would be reinforced butts for sitting on couches and hands shaped like controllers.

 

Posted Aug 16, '13 at 8:59am

HahiHa

HahiHa

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Knight

I'm talking about the next phase in human evolution.

Oh well, in that case. Next evolutionary step, or better, the step currently happening, is us losing our wisdom teeth. Yeehaw.
I would like to see humanity adapting better to bipedal walking, as we are currently only sub-optimally adapted. We might as well go extinct in a few hundred years or less.

Wings? Not gonna happen. Out of all mammals, only few glide and only bats can actively fly. We're just too big for that, and we also need our hands for tool use, so we have no spare part, so to say.

Superior fortitude? Chimps are several times more stronger, relatively compared to us. Apparently we didn't need superior fortitude.

More brain capacity using? You want to fry our brains? Not all of the brain may be working at a time, but all of the brain pretty much gets used regularly.

Tails? We lost them because we didn't need them anymore. But it would be relatively easy to get back to having them, as we still have crippled rests.

Controller hands? Why, how does it make us more adaptive?

Apparently, our eyes are supposed to be getting larger.

Is that an actual observation?

Not the artificially enhanced human beings that certain governmental structures would use for their own fetishes. 

Medicine, work.. there are so many places where little enhancements would make things so easier, war machines is really just the usual "government uses technology for weapons" story.

 

Posted Aug 16, '13 at 6:08pm

Maverick4

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Medicine, work.. there are so many places where little enhancements would make things so easier, war machines is really just the usual "government uses technology for weapons" story.

Eventually it would bleed over into civillian fields. All the robots Boaton Dynamics build alis funded by DARPA but there are so many applications for it outside of the military, like you said.

Anyways, I rather aggree with Hahiha. I think our ability to create new technologies will change us more than evolution. I see no reason why humans tomorrow wouldn't be using technology as an integral part of their body - cyborgs, if you will. Doctors could have an ocular implant to allow them to see better, and display critical information. Firefighters could have some sort of weave implanted in their skin to make them more tolerant of high temperatures.

Of course, all these jobs could very well be rendered obsolete by robots. Who knows.

 

Posted Aug 17, '13 at 2:27pm

Minotaur55

Minotaur55

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Knight

Medicine, work.. there are so many places where little enhancements would make things so easier, war machines is really just the usual "government uses technology for weapons" story.

As true as that may be it is undeniable that once the technology has been perfected the one major promoter and funding group will be the government. And if history plays any part in this it will only go down hill from there.

Is that an actual observation?

What do you think? =p

Doctors could have an ocular implant to allow them to see better, and display critical information.

Doctors wouldn't do this. If this technology is perfected then being a doctor is an obsolete profession. Any engineer can implant this in you and make repairs when possible. And the medical industry makes a lot of money. I doubt any government would let a large money making system fall simply for human convenience.

And again, if history plays any part in this if it is defective a lot of people will die from side effects or some major defect. It will be just the same as pharmaceutical drugs.

Controller hands? Why, how does it make us more adaptive?

It doesn't. If you look closely the comment is based around the multimedia cliche of the standard American man or woman working a 9 -5 job and sitting on their butt while watching TV or playing video games.

 

Posted Aug 17, '13 at 2:39pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

4,947 posts

Knight

What do you think? =p

It doesn't. If you look closely the comment is based around the multimedia cliche of the standard American man or woman working a 9 -5 job and sitting on their butt while watching TV or playing video games.

Give it to me straight... internet sarcasm to which I've been oblivious?

Now I ranted enough on how things are not gonna happen... among the improbable but cool things to happen, would be what I've been thinking of since years: chlorophyll skin. Just enough so that we can cover basic physiological needs during a regular day, but still not that much so we can go on enjoying some meals now and then, shifting the urge to eat from a necessity to a pure pleasure thing. Oh, and accessorily shift starvation crysis from a general problem to a mere water problem.

 

Posted Aug 17, '13 at 4:35pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,232 posts

I would like to see humanity adapting better to bipedal walking, as we are currently only sub-optimally adapted. We might as well go extinct in a few hundred years or less.

Only sub-optimally? I'm quite interested..if you'd be so kind, could you explain or send me a link so that I could read up on that.

Is that an actual observation?

Three different reads of basically the same thing..the evolutionary change is a prediction by Dr. Alan Kwan, an expert on computational genomics.

Source 1
Source 2
Source 3

 

Posted Aug 17, '13 at 4:47pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

4,947 posts

Knight

Only sub-optimally? I'm quite interested..if you'd be so kind, could you explain or send me a link so that I could read up on that.

T'was in an anthropology lecture where I learned why we get hemorrhoids.. and back pains. Back pains is relatively intuitive why, because we redressed our vertebral column which loaded it with much more weight than it used to. While it now supports our weight quite well, it is still very sensitive to stress.

For the other thing, you need to know that quadrupedal animals apparently have the heart lying vertically lower compared to the anus -> blood flows back to the heart without the help of valves -> no valves present in those venes. Redress the body, and the blood stagnates. It's not much of a problem for a healthy individual, but this is the reason why of all places, we lack venal valves down there. Which is not detrimental but pretty stupid.

Three different reads of basically the same thing..the evolutionary change is a prediction by Dr. Alan Kwan, an expert on computational genomics.

Wow... while they mention it is not a prediction, just purely speculative, it's still interesting. I mean bigger eyes would take away place for the brain so a trade-off would establish, and our facial cranium got smaller compared to our ancestors, but being in space might be similar to being nocturnal.. or not.

 
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