You’ve heard it all before – all those prosthetics, implants, and genetic modifiers scientists are inventing right now are increasing the potential for the human body to be better, stronger, and faster in the future.
That’s pretty cool, but also terrifying, because how far will we go to perfect our species? If flawless biology becomes the standard for our species, not one of us would escape the recycling bin – but, as the video below explains, the future of humanity depends on us chasing perfection.
In the TED talk below, futurist and Harvard researcher Juan Enríquez explains that fast-tracked evolution spurred on by fundamentally altered genes, organs, and cells is the only thing that will save humans from going the way of the non-avian dinosaurs. Massive extinction events have already happened five times in Earth’s history, which means it’s very likely that humans will become extinct on Earth some day.
Be it from an asteroid, a disease outbreak, or a supervolcano – if history has taught us anything, our time in this conveniently habitable smidgen of the Universe is limited. It’s on us to prepare for this inevitability – however uncomfortable, ethically, that might seem right now.
“If you believe that extinctions are common and natural and normal, and occur periodically, it becomes a moral imperative to diversify our species,” says Enríquez.