According to an artist and a computational geneticist, humans will all one day have heads bigger than Keith Olbermann and eyes bigger than Mila Kunis.
Artist Nickolay Lamm and Dr. Alan Kwan, who consider themselves visionaries, are predicting 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.
“This is speculation based on reason,” Lamm told the Daily News. “When I designed it I wasn’t thinking of anime, but I can see the resemblance. It’s kind of a coincidence that that happened.”
“In this future,” Alan Kwan said, “humankind has wrested control of the human form from natural evolution and are able to bend human biology to human needs.”
Lamm and Kwan 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.
Kwan also added 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, if we could ever live to see one.
They also “hazard a guess” that millennia of space colonization could also 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.
If what Lamm and Kwan are predicting comes true, I wouldn’t want to be a woman in a hundred thousand years and have to give birth to a child with a head that size.
The image below is the couple in the above photo today.
For more on the story, check out [Forbes]