We imagine humanity as a fixed state. People come into being, usually the old-fashioned way. They progress along a timeline of milestones that varies little from person to person. They get sick, occasionally at first, and then inexorably. They die. There are outliers at every step—except for the last one, at least so far—but the human condition is the human condition. How it’s been is how it will be.
But humanity’s 200,000-year-old song is beginning to change key. The changes washing over us now—in how we live, learn, connect to one another, relate to machines, stay healthy, endure illness, have sex, and otherwise organize ourselves as a species—are coming at us faster than ever before.
You’re not wrong to feel the future is now.
The life-changing forces of technology, globalization, climate change, the stunning advances in medicine and science, are reinventing what it means to be human. Three-person babies. Technology altering our brains. A cure for loneliness. Extreme biohacking. Outposts on Mars. Emerging diseases. Sex robots. The union of man and machine. Even the end of death itself. The once-immutable facts about what it means to be alive are up for grabs.
So how do we ensure that our destination as a species is better than where we’ve been? We’ll be exploring that question all month long, in Medium’s latest monthly themed magazine, Future Human.
You can follow it all at Future Human.