Change is coming. Where do you want to land?
We imagine humanity as a fixed state. People have 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 life-changing forces of technology, globalization, and climate change — plus 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.
We’ll be exploring these innovations all month long, in Medium’s latest monthly magazine, Future Human. New perspectives will be published every weekday this July — so bookmark the page and get ready for the future.