Artificial Intelligence predicts what the human being will be like in the future because of new technologies


CATEGORY: Virtual Reality / Artificial Intelligence

In the year 3,000 people could have a hunchback, a shrunken neck, a claw-like hand, a right-angled elbow, a second protective eyelid, a thicker skull, and a smaller brain.

Technology has revolutionized the way we do business. Whether it’s the instant access to infinite knowledge through a device in our pocket, or the ability for businesses to expand into new markets all over the world (like Canada, Australia, and Ireland) with a virtual phone number, the scope of technology’s impact is limitless, and this trend shows no sign of letting up.


While this has been great for job creation, productivity, and learning new skills, there is a growing body of evidence that uncovers the negative effects technology can have on our bodies. To fully realize the impact everyday tech has on us, we sourced scientific research and expert opinion on the subject, before working with a 3D designer to create a future human whose body has physically changed due to consistent use of smartphones, laptops, and other tech.


Could Mindy be the human of 3000 and beyond?

Arched Back and Neck

The design and typical user habits of modern tech objects like smartphones and computer monitors have a significant impact on the way we sit and stand. Consistently adjusting our position to look down at our phone, or up at our office screen, has been proven to strain parts of our body that determine our posture.


Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert at Maple Holistics, who outlined which parts of the body are under pressure when using technology: “Spending hours looking down at your phone strains your neck and throws your spine off balance. Consequently, the muscles in your neck have to expend extra effort to support your head. Sitting in front of the computer at the office for hours on end also means that your torso is pulled out in front of your hips rather than being stacked straight and aligned.”


The link between technology and posture is now well established, and it’s why Mindy’s back and neck (which we’ll go into more detail on later) are leaning over into her chest.


Text Claw

A closer look at Mindy’s arm reveals two significant anatomical changes, directly caused by the use of one particular tech device – the smartphone. A recently coined condition, “text claw” occurs after consistently gripping your smartphone, curling your fingers round into an unnatural position for long periods of time.


90-Degree Elbow

Also known as “smartphone elbow”, this is caused by the typical positioning of the arm when holding and using smartphones – either for general use or holding up to our ears during phone calls.


Tech Neck

Returning to Mindy’s posture, the effects of technology on the neck have also given rise to a new condition – aptly named “tech neck”. In an article for Health Matters, Dr. K. Daniel Riew from the New York-Presbyterian Orch Spine Hospital, broke down exactly what tech neck is: “When you’re working on a computer or looking down at your phone, the muscles in the back of the neck have to contract to hold your head up. The more you look down, the harder the muscles have to work to keep your head up. These muscles can get overly tired and sore from looking down at our smartphones and tablets or spending the majority of our working day on computers.”


Thicker Skull

We all know technology can distract our brains from important work, but does it have any lasting damage to Mindy’s brain? If so, how might she be different when looking to limit that damage? Again, the research centers mainly around smartphones. There are growing concerns that radiofrequency radiation emitted from smartphones could cause serious health implications when exposed to the brain.

In 2011, the World Health Organization classified smartphone radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, with a number of long-term studies seeking to establish the full impact. After a 2018 study suggested smartphone radiation may affect memory performance, questions were raised over its impact on other cognitive areas too.

The effects are believed to be particularly severe on children. Their lesser developed skulls are thinner, absorbing up to three times more radiation than adult brains. Given the impact it could potentially have on us all, Mindy has developed a slightly thicker skull, protecting her from harm.


Smaller brain

The next change in Mindy's appearance is not noticeable to the naked eye. We can grow thicker skulls, but if a scientific theory is to be believed, technology can also change the size of our brains. Why? Thanks to technological advances in agriculture, health and many other areas of life, we now have to do much less to survive. Following evolutionary theory, it's not just people with bigger brains who are being selected for. It could even extend to a smaller human entirely, this is largely due to the fact that survival no longer depends on being the biggest and strongest person of the species.


A second eyelid

Mindy's final change is possibly the most outrageous. One area we have yet to touch on is the eyes. The research on screens causing headaches, eye strain, and even blindness is well established, so how does Mindy's body look to combat this? According to Kasun Ratnayake of the University of Toledo, it suggests a radical evolutionary development that could limit the amount of harmful light our eyes are exposed to. Mindy's side blink, coming from another inner eyelid that protects us from excessive light exposure from tech devices, is the final evolutionary change for our futuristic human with tech effects.


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