Video screenshot: Pokemon X and Pokémon Y creature Sylveon. Photo: AFP
Humans of the future might look more like Pokemon characters with bigger heads, bigger eyes and improved night vision, two researchers have suggested.
Artist Nickolay Lamm and computational geneticist Alan Kwan said that in 100,000 years, people might have larger heads, Google Glass type contact lenses and sideways-blinking oversized Disney eyes that glow green with cat-like night vision, the New York Daily News reported. They envision a future where zygotic genome engineering technology develops to the point where humans will be able to control their own evolution the way we control electrons today.
This ability, Lamm and Kwan said, could result in more facial features that humans find intrinsically attractive: strong lines, straight nose, intense eyes and perfect symmetry. But other changes will be driven by function, they suggest. Kwan thinks that the human head might expand to accommodate a larger brain as our knowledge of the universe increases. This future human would appear to have a "subtly too large" forehead, he said.
They also predict that millennia of space colonization could produce larger eyes to account for dimmer environments when humans live farther from the sun and darker skin in general to protect against UV radiation beyond the Earth's ozone.