Small brain, bump and wild eyes

Technology profoundly influences our lives and natural selection will affirm the psychophysical traits it carries. This is what we will look like in 3000.

Mindy, a prototype human being from the future. Credit: Free Shipping

In a thousand years the human being will be hunchbacked, will have hands like claws, a low and thick neck, three eyelids per eye and even a smaller brain. It will also have smaller dimensions and will probably also be less “beautiful” from an intellectual point of view. L’Homo sapiens it will undergo a real transformation, conditioned and conveyed by the ubiquitous use of technology in our lives, capable of influencing human evolution more than anything else. Although in fact it may seem like an alienating concept, natural selection is constantly operating even in our species, dominant and unfortunately capable of annihilating all others – as well as all of planet Earth – but not at all. protected from biological processes that span billions of years of the evolution of life.

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Technology is currently one of the most impacting elements on our lives, at least for the wealthiest and most industrialized populations, having completely upset not only the way we work, but also the way we acquire knowledge and interact and build relationships with others. Today, all this happens in many cases through the screen of an electronic device, such as those of computers, smartphones and tablets, the continued use of which influences the psychophysical condition and favors the evolutionary affirmation of traits more stressed than others. Posture and repetitive gestures, for example, are only two of the elements conditioned by technology which, in the distant future, will make man different from what he is today.

By analyzing numerous studies devoted to the psychophysical impact of technology on daily life and consulting several experts on the subject, researchers from the Toll Free Forwarding organization have created the prototype of a human being of the year 3000 thanks to to the collaboration of a 3D graphic, the appearance of which – but not only – is deeply influenced by the continuous use of the devices for generations, more than 1000 years. The result is “Mindy”, a girl who does not correspond to today’s aesthetic standards.

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One of the first details that stands out is the hump, influenced by the constantly incorrect postures we adopt for hours and hours every day, both to look at the screen of the computer we are working on and to consult the social networks on our smartphone. “Spending hours staring at the phone strains the neck and unbalances the spine. As a result, the neck muscles have to exert extra effort to support the head. Sitting in front of the computer in the office for hours also indicates that the torso is pushed forward relative to the hips, rather than being straight and aligned,” commented Dr. Caleb Backe of Maple Holistics, consulted by Toll Free Forwarding. It’s no wonder, then, that a thousand years from now we’ll all be a little bent, under the pressure of selection for this trait.

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More disturbing is Mindy’s claw hand, the so-called “text claw”, due to the way it grabs and uses a smartphone to type text. Doctor Nikola Djordjevic of Med Alert Help explains that it is a condition known as “cubital tunnel syndrome” and which, along with the 90° elbow, can be triggered precisely by the intensive use of the cellphone. “This syndrome is caused by pressure or stretching of the ulnar nerve that passes through a groove on the inside of the elbow. This causes numbness or a tingling sensation in the ring finger and little fingers, pain in the forearm, and weakness in the hands. Keeping the elbow bent for a long time, most of the time while holding the phone, can stretch the nerve behind the elbow and put pressure on it,” Dr. Djordjevic explained.

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If that’s not enough, Mindy also has a so-called “technical collar”, which is shorter and wider than normal. It is triggered by the constant up and down gaze when using a computer or smartphone, which strains and hurts the neck muscles. These muscles are forced to work constantly to keep your head up, as explained by Dr. K. Daniel Riew of New York-Presbyterian Orch Spine Hospital. Mindy also has a thicker skull than ours, to shield herself from radio frequency radiation emitted by smartphones and related devices. Research on electromagnetic waves has come to conflicting conclusions, but it is possible that they may have significant health effects. The thicker skull may be a selected trait to shield the brain from similar radiation.

The brain itself could become much smaller than ours, simply because the comforts and knowledge brought about by technology no longer require the brain to “work” for survival and memory work. Unsurprisingly, according to a recent international study conducted by Dartmouth College in Hannover, the brains of the genus Homo shrank until about 3,000 years ago. In the future, it could continue to decrease also thanks to the so-called “collective intelligence”, which can be conveyed by living in the community but also via a simple smartphone. The 2006 film Idiocracy plays on the fact that a human being today could be far smarter than one of the 2500.

One of Mindy’s most disturbing traits is represented by the triple eyelids, the third may develop in the future to protect us from headaches and eyestrain from constant exposure to light from electronic devices. . This kind of nictitating membrane – like the one found in many animals – would help limit the light entering the eyes. “Humans may develop a larger inner eyelid to avoid excessive light exposure, or the lens of the eye may evolve to block incoming blue light but not other high-wavelength light such as green, yellow or red,” Professor Kasun said. Ratnayake from the University of Toledo told Toll Free Forwarding.

In short, the human being of 3000 could be very different from who we are today, precisely because of the way we live our lives now. We certainly won’t abandon technology and the many benefits it offers, at the cost of having it replaced in part or in whole by it, as shown in a disturbing recent video on human evolution achieved with artificial intelligence. .

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