- Parent Category: Advanced News Lessons
- Category: Science and Technology
- Written by Chris Cotter
The following hypothesis on the future of the human race sounds more like a sci-fi potboiler than scientific theory. Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry proposes that we will one day evolve into two separate and distinct species. Although that lies in the far future, on the order of 100,000 years, the species will be based on the haves and the have nots.
Over the coming millennium, we will see some small changes. For example, humankind will grow taller, with the likely average somewhere between 6-7 feet (182-213 centimeters). Humans will also live roughly 120 years. Increased availability to resources, cosmetic and genetic therapies, and surgeries will bring about a more homogenous appearance in the respective genders, too. What's more, races will likely go the way of the dodo, and all humans will have interbred to produce a skin hue the color of a coffee latte.
That's the good news. However, our reliance on technology could eventually affect us for the worse, especially if technology becomes a crutch rather than a tool. According to Curry, people will rely on technology rather than one another, and lose many social skills and empathy in the process. Our immune systems won't be as robust as now. Medicines will fight off disease and lower mortality rates so successfully that weak genes will then spread and affect our species as a whole. Curry predicts this to occur around 10,000 years from now.
Further down this dark road, in the year 100,000, the genetically healthy will only breed with one another to produce a beautiful and intelligent ruling class. For the genetically unhealthy, the have nots, they will continue to degrade, becoming squat and ugly, and with inferior intelligence. In other words, humans will breed themselves into rulers and slaves.
Preview some of the lesson material:
Brainstorm: Brainstorm with a partner(s) words and ideas associated with "science fiction" for 2 minutes. Spend another 5 minutes or less discussing the words and ideas together.
Fill in the Blanks: Fill in the blank with the correct word.
- The future of the human race sounds more like a sci-fi ( ).
- Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry ( ) that we will evolve into two separate and distinct species.
- Increased availability to resources and therapies will bring about a more ( ) appearance.
- This change will be in the ( ) genders.
- Technology will affect us for the worse if it becomes a ( ) rather than a tool.
- People will rely on technology rather than one another, and lose ( ) in the process.
- Our immune systems won't be as ( ) as now.
- For the genetically unhealthy, the have nots, they will continue to ( ).
- The have nots will become ( ) and ugly.
- They will have ( ) intelligence, too.
post-Comprehension: Talk about the following questions in pairs/groups. Remember to support your answers!
- What do you think life will be like in the 31st century? Please explain.
- Do you think technology will harm us, as explained in the article? Why/not?
- Are there any flaws with Oliver Curry's theory? Why do you think so?
- What do you think the future of the human race will be? Please explain.
- People say that science fiction unwittingly predicts the future. What does this mean, and do you agree?
Google Search: Type "science fiction" into Google. Look at the websites, and/or read additional articles on this topic. Discuss or write an essay about your findings.