What will humans evolve into in the next century

I’ve always been considered a futurist and big fan of science fiction. More recently I’ve been having conversations with people about where humans are headed next. So I figured I might as well create an episode about what I believe humans will evolve into over the course of the next 100 years or more:

Here’s the transcript from this podcast episode, please excuse any typos!

Today I’m going to answer a big question. What will humans evolve into in the next century? I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine, and I started to notice that that same conversation I was having with family and other friends and people I know from the internet to some people talk about whether or not we’re living in a simulation. Who knows. Others asked, Are we just an alien civilization that was put onto Earth?’’ Others say Are we divine, you know, are we evolved from a single celled organism? And in the end, there’s probably unlimited answers as to what humans are, how they evolved and what they’re going to continue to evolve into. I mean, just to start off the fact that we’re able to live to 80 years old, as an average or 75 years old as an average is mind blowing compared to how we used to live. Just until 3040 years old, 100 years ago. You know the improvements of medicine technology and science have allowed us to live longer, healthier, happier lives.

But as we continue to evolve and get better and healthier and technology is improving, for better or worse but we’ll say in this case for better. What happens when the singularity comes about, and if you’re not familiar with the singularity. The easiest way to explain it is the moment when artificial intelligence becomes sentient, to the point where it is more powerful and intelligent than the entire history of human knowledge, all put together. So, let’s say, you know, 2000 years or 5000 years whatever amount of years millions of years of evolution of humans in particular will say the last 2000 years. Imagine all of the knowledge that all of the philosophers scientists historians experts inventors, you name it. Everybody in the course of history has come up with books, and ideas and philosophies and formulas and you know solutions and knowledge about our history, all of it. So the singularity will basically be artificial intelligence smarter than all of that combined more knowledgeable than all of that, which, to me at least means that when that happens, the AI will be able to solve a lot of the world’s problems.

For example, there’s a very controversial opinion out there about the fact that AI would be able to tap into our brains and our electrical signals which the brain has electrical signals and convert those signals into data or binary or code, which can then be transmitted into a CPU a computer chip stored on a flash drive something write something that can process the electrical signals and the data. And then extract it or put it into a clone of the body with organic material and like Android material or maybe just a virtual environment where we could live in like a sim type of environment. Who knows, you know, that’s the thing. We don’t know what humans will evolve into. The whole point here is to just talk about theories and ideas for it because people talk about this every day. And the truth is, when it comes to being in a simulation. We don’t know if we’re like the matrix for now and we’re plugged into machines that are sucking us dry well, the robots the androids are out there living their best life while we’re the food right we just don’t know it’s kind of impossible to know because we’re just alive, you know, and we’re, and we could be living in a simulation where we don’t really know if we’re able to wake up, or, you know, are we being put to sleep every night, like, what’s going on right we don’t really know. And speaking of simulations in the matrix, since it’s a kind of a hot topic in everyday life anyway. I like to kind of take it back a step right and say, let’s just say that we can create a simulation. Let’s see that AI is out and we can create a simulation that can prolong our life. By taking our consciousness, like the matrix and putting it into a clone so let’s say you’re able to clone yourself and give yourself a 25 year old body. Okay, it’s still you it’s your DNA, but it’s you at 25 years old, let’s say you’re 60 years old, or 70, years old, or 100, years old and you’re falling apart, and you can clone yourself to be 25, years old, so now you’re able to preserve your memories, you’re able to preserve your intelligence, your thoughts, your knowledge and take everything that you learn in your entire life, and put it into a 25 year old body.

Now imagine if you’re able to do that. First of all, it’s crazy it’s amazing right it’s like you’re almost immortal. Although you have to continue to do that process, unless you are living in a virtual environment. But let’s just say for the sake of technology that we know that we have some type of cloning abilities nowadays with animals. I’m sure someone’s working on humans, we have stem cell research happening. People are claiming to be able to prolong their lives and eradicate diseases by removing them from the genetic codes in your DNA. So let’s say you can remove Alzheimer’s, you can remove cancer, you can remove aids you can remove even this coronavirus, you can remove any kind of illness or disease or virus from the body because you’re able to a that artificial intelligence is able to create a way for your body to combat any of those things without allowing them into your body because it just knows how to do that that’s what the Singularity is it knows how to, how to eradicate diseases.

So imagine you’re living in this world where all of a sudden you’re 25, years old. All your thoughts are in your mind or your computer chip or whatever it is that you have, maybe it’s split organic and synthetic. And the whole world now seems to be a less fight or flight kind of world where no one’s worried about dying and no one’s worried about pills and no one’s worried about doctors and no one’s that no one’s getting sick anymore and now we’re just thriving right to me that seems like a really cool society yet sci fi, big time sci fi. I mean who knows if that’s even going to work right we don’t know it could be like 1984 Brave New World, but either way it sounds pretty cool and we could get to that point that’s, that’s all I’m saying is we could get to that point, but I don’t think that we would be immortal right that’s that’s tough because our brain. Eventually, is going to get out of us right , that’s a known fact that brains eventually die. Okay, it’s organic matter but if you can take your consciousness and put it into a synthetic chip computer processor, or an electronic brain of sorts, you know, well it’s possible that then we could survive longer right we could survive for hundreds of years or 1000s of years on these synthetic braids. Of course, people are gonna argue. Well, what about your other organs are right and you need to survive with a heart and lungs and kidneys and livers and all sorts of organs that are required to operate your body.

Well, we have 3d printers that can already create organs right. I mean they use pig DNA and other animal DNA to create synthetic organic tissue. I believe there’s going to be a day for sure. When people who are able to afford them have these printers in their homes where they can put in their DNA and are able to extract an organ. And then, an AI robot surgeon is there to put the new organ into your body. You don’t even go to a hospital. I think that you’re going to be able to just continue to replace your organs at home. Eventually, and anyone who doesn’t think that’s going to happen. Wake up. There’s going to be a day. Who knows if it’s the next 100 years, the next 200, or the next 1000 years, I don’t know, but I do know that eventually we’re going to be able to 3d print our organs and prolong our lives at least in that way. But this opens up another question. It’s a really important ubiquitous question. What happens to your soul. And, you know, there’s a lot of religions around the world, and God exists for those of us who believe, and our soul, to me at least isn’t just like a thing right it’s not an entity that lives inside of our body, I believe the soul is a part of your thoughts, your memories. I believe it’s fully integrated in your entire core of your entire being. You know, so it’s not just your heart or your brain I believe that your soul is the entire amount of energy that your body creates, and it’s part of your consciousness and everything so let’s say you can transfer your consciousness and your thoughts and your memories. That’s energy, right you’re transferring energy from one vessel or device to another vessel or device sure it’s not the same vessel or device but if you do use your DNA and you’re able to clone yourself, and the organic matter matches yours. Technically, it’s the same vessel although a much younger, more improved one. But if it’s your DNA isn’t that still you. If your memories and your knowledge and your thoughts are transferred isn’t that still you. If the energy is transferred isn’t that still your energy, your soul,

so to speak. Because when we die. Some people say oh well when you die you just die. It’s over. Poof. You just could have an underground funeral. Worms start eating you alive, nothing happens. But it is scientifically proven that when you die, the energy that your body was creating or is creating or as you were dying stopped creating. It doesn’t just wither away. It goes somewhere, your energy, your consciousness, your thoughts, your memories, your knowledge, your brain electrical signals, everything, the energy, it goes out into the universe where we don’t know. Is it headed? Is it outside of the simulation? Is it back to our alien home planet? Where does our consciousness in our soul and our energy go.

That’s the ultimate question. But of course, if we capture that energy. Right. Put it into another vessel or a clone or whatnot with the computer chips. That means that technically our soul is now staying on earth staying in a vessel it’s not going into space it’s not going away the energy is staying within some sort of vessel or body. Right, so this is kind of my line of thinking I try to explain it to people they think I’m crazy sometimes they just think that you know it’s wild and I’m sure it is but you know, I’m a sci fi guy right I love sci fi and I feel as though we’ve progressed so much just in my lifetime alone. You know when I was a teenager, I used to fantasize and dream about having a personal communicator, like they showed in Star Trek or other sci-fi shows or movies. You know I dreamed about having really cool gadgets that they showed in Star Wars and Doctor Who and all sorts of cool things that I only dreamed of having and then one day the iPhone came out and I said to myself. Holy crap, I actually have this touchscreen communicator that literally does everything, and the internet, right, satellites spaceships that would go to the moon in the space station that we have. And we’re planning trips to Mars. I mean, we really are living in the future, people, I don’t think realize it, but we’ve already evolved tremendously we’re living longer, we’re going to space, we can communicate all around the world in an instant through these handheld powerful computers.

So when you, when you look at that. When you look at how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time. Imagine, where we’re going to be in the next 100 years, or 500, years, just imagine, ask yourself. Are we going to be organic? Are we going to be synthetic inorganic? Are we going to be living in a virtual environment, are we going to be even living on Earth. Will the singularity have taken place, and eradicated all diseases, shown us how to grow food in the hardest places, showed us how to make water out of the sea and the oceans very easily and efficiently and affordably. and has war just gone away. How has AI taught us how to get along? These are all the questions that I’d like the answers to. And I guess we’ll find out over the next couple 100 years or millennia. I hope to see you. One of these days in a closed computer controlled synthetic body in a couple 100 years.

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Jason Sherman