Many researchers believe the human body may look drastically different by the year 2027. Scientific progress guides us into a new age that changes the nature of man. The merging of biology and technology makes us better, stronger, faster and more technological. Everything changes – the way we think, feel and perceive the world.
«Information and communication technologies are developing rapidly. They now have a more and more important role in our daily lives. ICT solutions help people socialize, improve the quality of life and help integrate in society more easily. I am convinced that technologies of the future will provide a wider array of opportunities for people, improve their work efficiency and change almost every known industry,» – comments President of Latvia’s Information and Communication Technology Association Signe Balina.
Here are some examples of incredible technological discoveries, compiled by National Geographic:
Clothes that grand super strength
Lockheed Martin Exoskeleton Technologies constructs exoskeletons that give mere mortals super strength. FORTIS is the company’s latest development – an exo-suit that allows construction workers to work with heavy tools for hours without putting too much effort. According to FIRTIS programme manager Patricia Aelker, exo-skeletons can increase a person’s physical abilities. Deep knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and body structure are necessary in order to increase one’s strength or endurance.
Device that helps paralysed people to move around
Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis has developed a device that reads unique electric models that appear in our heads when we think. One of the variants of this new technology has even allowed a paralysed football player to walk and even kick a ball by using a powerful brain machine interface.
Device that teaches deaf people to hear
Texas professor David Eagleman and Dr. Scott Novick teach deaf people to hear by using a vest with small vibrating plates. This vest enhances the brain’s natural plasticity, which allows for new forms of perception being added to the body. The two scientists plan to develop other similar devices to expand our perception range.
People may learn to survive under water or in space in the future
Can we create perfect humans? It is a controversial idea. Nevertheless, continuous biological discoveries provide us with tools to change our own DNA. Scientists are hard at work with genetic manipulations to find our new ways to combat dangerous diseases. Harvard University synthetic biology professor George Church believes he next step for mankind’s evolution is to create humans that have traits that allow them to survive in especially harsh environments, like under water or in outer space. With that said, it is possible that our descendants will be more than human.