However this picture does not represent the current reality of things, evolution is an inevitable step of humanity and, according to multiple sources, this piece meticulously depicts what is likely to happen in a (not so) distant future. Despite this kind of evolution is far away (and will naturally occur), the present holds something artificial we should definitely keep an eye (or three) on, transhumanism.
Transhumanism is a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase. This science changes the entire endgame of humanity as we know it. We could be able to fit more in what is yet to come (Journey to Mars, colonization of other planets, first encounters with alien species). We are currently living in the early days of such exciting science/technology, even if prosthetics are a thing of the past and pacemakers are everyday things. However, yes, if we talk about the more advanced sides of things such as growing human embryos, artificial reproduction, Mars-ready implants and all that mumbo-jumbo, we are definitely in the early stages.
Due to the current early stages of things, big corporates like Elon Musk’s Neuralink, Facebook, and DARPA are trying to monopolize and possess this mouth-watering market of implants and out-of-this-world technologies. The coming years will usher in a number of body augmentation capabilities that will enable humans to be smarter, stronger, and more capable than we are today. Wearables will be one form of body augmentation, but they will far surpass the fitness trackers of today. In the future, we can expect the arrival of contact lenses that can take pictures or video, universal language translator earbuds, and exosuits that increase physical strength and give us the chances to visit other planets. Brain implants ranging from brain microchips and neural lace to mind-controlled prosthesis will be to us what the invention of air conditioning is to sunny and hot countries, a lifesaver.
The era of extreme personalization is (almost) here. The day will come when newly discovered technologies or implants of all sorts, like smartphones nowadays, will start serving different purposes than originally planned and perhaps start to be seen as trendy (I am looking at you, iPhone) to the extent of people wearing them as interchangeable fashion statements. It’s almost like Darwin’s “evolve or be extinct” motto, if people will not get used to this implants, they will be automatically left behind, and maybe perish in their outdated body missing the opportunity to travel on the newly opened routes towards humanity’s fourth habitable planet, and take the ultimate selfie.
Then all of a sudden, it turns out it’s actually unethical NOT to evolve the human body even though it can be scary, even though it can be challenging, but it’s what’s going to allow us to explore, live and get to places we can’t even dream of today, but which our great-great-great-great- grandchildren might someday. (Juan Enriquez, 2017)