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Minh Do
  • Minh Do
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (Sgn
  • Vietnam

Director of Marketing Communications, An Giang University

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What would the next Homo Sapiens look like? What kinds of characteristics would they have?

Homo Sapiens Idaltu (the subspecies) is dated to be 160,000 years old and Homo Sapiens Sapiens (the subspecies) reached full behavioral modernity 50,000 years ago. Homo Sapiens (the species) arrived on the evolutionary scene about 200,000 years ago. Doesn't that mean that we've been due for another evolution for quite sometime now? Or have we already evolved and didn't even notice? Or have we been preventing our own evolution via medicine and technological enhancements? Or have those enhancements really done the opposite? Enhanced our evolution? Either way, what are the characteristics of this new subspecies that could already be here today or will show its face in the centuries to come?

In other words, what do scientists, philosophers, and you think is the natural evolutionary step in our own species? Especially given this new human-built environment that we have been constructing for the past millenia.

Topics: evolution
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    Mar 31 2011: Short answer:
    - Cyborgs! (Get ready to be assimilated)
    - Genetic manipulation and eugenics are also options.
    - Or we'll give the torch to AI and go extinct
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      Apr 1 2011: Christophe,

      - By cyborgs, do you mean bionic arms and such? Or do you mean the development of silicon neurons that could replace our own organic neurons? Or do you mean something as benign as stem cells?
      - Genetics and eugenics...As in engineering a new race of beings as seen in Gattaca?
      - AI - That's a funny idea, if silicon developed as advanced consciousness as ourselves, I guess we'd have to give them the torch, especially if our species is unable to survive a global catastrophe (knock on wood).

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