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An Evolution Anthropologist Claims, We May Be New Species By 2050

The new species we will become by 2050 is indicated by the activities that we have today.

Ever wondered how the future would look like after a couple of decades – more importantly, how we will look like by that time? If evolution was a clue, we could be evolving into another kind of species. And some experts couldn’t agree more.

A researcher by the name of Cadell Last supports this theory with his new research that was published in the Current Aging Science journal. The main point of his research revolves more around our cultural evolution instead of physical evolution. The study indicates that we are shifting away from a “live fast, die young” lifestyle but more towards “living slow and dying old”. Clearly, we are not looking at growing extra limbs or any physical alterations but rather a more developed cultural sense that leads to an extended adulthood.

evolution_of_manAs a background, Cadell Last is an evolutionary anthropologist and his research has geared towards the species-level differences between humans and chimpanzees. He also works as a science journalist, writing for multiple science publications, as well as a blogger, sharing his findings and thoughts on his website The Advanced Ape. In one of his blog posts, he states, “When I started my undergrad, I knew I was interested in human evolution. This interest developed into a fascination with our closest relatives. I wanted to understand where we came from and studying the animal that we last shared a common ancestor with seemed like a good place to direct my focus.” This fascination drove him to further studies and he is now taking up his PhD at the Global Brain Institute. The publication from Current Aging Science journal is one of his most recent academic publications, the other being Global Brain and the Future of Human Society, published in World Future Review. He is also involved with PBS Digital Studios by coming up with an animated science channel, which has translated to YouTube as well.

The publication with Current Aging Science has made claims that are too interesting to ignore. One of those claims is that by 2050, we will live as long as 120 years old. “What my paper tries to show is that the whole of human evolution in some sense can be viewed as our species trying to abolish the category of adulthood. We want to keep the creativity of cultural reproduction into adulthood.”, Last said. By that time, he thinks our biological clock has become obsolete.

Aside from being fewer, babies will be made later in life – as there will be more childfree years for people to enjoy their leisure time. He stated during an interview, “As countries become socioeconomically advanced, more and more people, especially women, have the option to engage in cultural reproduction.”

Another claim Last made is that by 2050, artificial intelligence will more or less take over our jobs. Robots will be predominant in the workforce, and because of the competition for work, the study predicts some physical qualities and characteristics of an average person will change: a 35-year-old male worker will have “red eyes, a smaller penis, a larger brain, advanced language skills and bio-implants to improve their performance.”

Based on how we live right now, it’s not hard to see the evidence that could support Last’s claims. “People are going to be able to have more control over how they spend their time and energy, culturally speaking. And that will be a big change, which will be a fundamental difference between industrial society and the society we’re making.” Even if it’s not a cultural evolution and by the manner we consume our resources, plus the choices that we make every day, some kind of transformation is inevitable for humans in the near future and we might just be at the cusp of it.

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8 thoughts on “An Evolution Anthropologist Claims, We May Be New Species By 2050

  1. This is such an interesting research and I think that the theory might happen because of the activities that humans of today’s generation are slowly destroying the environment. Harmful chemicals are being used to sustain energy sources like radioactive materials used in nuclear power plants and food sources are treated with chemicals that are not suitable for human consumption..

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  2. Until now hindi parin matukoy kung saan ba talaga nang galing ang mga tao. ngunit ang pina niniwalaan ng karamihan nang galing ang mga tao sa Unggoy hehe but sana matukoy na kung saan nag mula.

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  3. Robots will be predominant in 2050

    Very interesting article. Recently I have watched a video by a Harvard professor which addresses the exact same problem and explains it by distinguishing between three types of innovation. This professor thinks that unless we change our innovation focus, technology will be destroying jobs in the near future at an alarming rate.

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  4. In 2050, A majority of people believe that advanced scientific development is certain. Eighty-one percent feel computers will probably be able to converse like humans. Concerning cancer, 71 percent think man will find a cure. Sixty-six percent believe artificial limbs will most likely outperform real ones. A majority also believe that space travel will be commonplace for the average person in 40 years. In addition, most believe that an extinct animal will be brought back to life and mankind will find evidence of life somewhere else in the universe. Forty-eight percent think that a human will be cloned in the decades ahead. Forty percent even believe the technology to read people’s thoughts will exist by 2050!

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  5. Good point and I think it’s a future some want for us as well as being a future we can’t avoid because of the increase in technology. I do think the population control advocates will use these things as an excuse to control the size of the population as well as ration out how resources are consumed.

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