What will life be like in the future?
Many people today believe that we are living in a time in which time itself feels as though it’s speeding up.
It’s also a time in which we might be able to dramatically increase the average lifespan and health-span beyond what was previously thought possible.
Though predicting the future is not an exact science, there are particular people who are highly skilled at making educated guesses. I met recently with Dan Finfer of Post Human Era to discuss the technological side of longevity.
Designing the Human Life for Perfect Health
“At the dawn of life on this planet, evolutionary changes happened slowly. We’re talkin’ billions of years,” says Finfer.
Finfer explained to me that one microbe took billions of years to evolve the DNA necessary to replicate itself from simple amino acids. But that first copying mechanism, DNA, allowed information to be transmitted that much faster.
Speaking personally, I’m hopeful that our future includes an increased reverence for our physical environment and that as a planet we will find solutions to protect and nurture the natural beauty of the earth.
I’d also like us to find a way to solve many of the factors and symptoms of aging (many of which I believe to be unnecessary and curable).
The Acceleration of Time Itself
“Then, evolution only took millions of years to create multi-cellular creatures. Good information was kept, and bad information was discarded,” explains Finfer. “The wheel of time continued until evolution presented the planet Earth with a new species, human beings.”
According to Finfer, this is really where the evolutionary process of life really began to accelerate.
How Your Life Will Change in the Future
The running time for this episode is under 10 minutes. You can HEAR THE PODCAST now – click on the play arrow below:
Instead of millions of years to the next paradigm shift, it was only 50,000 years until Man began to talk.
And then, only 10,000 to develop agriculture, written language, society, and government.
Another 5,000 elapsed, and we had constructed Pyramids, developed theological and monetary systems, and had begun colonizing the planet.
This led to the development of Science a few thousand years later.
“Science, after a few mere centuries, thus gave us the Industrial Revolution,” Finfer states, “which after only 50 years gave us the Computer Revolution. Notice the trend? Evolution is a feedback loop. The meaning of life is to speed up.”
What Will My Life Be Like 20 Years from Now, and Beyond?
My conversation with Finfer becomes even more lively. You can hear it in the short podcast above, by clicking on the play arrow. It’s quite scintillating!
We explore the current model of human progress (and how that’s about to change radically) and how people still aren’t grasping the exponential trends inherent in computer power. From there, things get outrageously nerdy, as we chat about:
- science fiction
- the Matrix
- other futurists
- the singularity
- through the Worm Hole
- …and the shadow side of tech
We also talk about how to increase daily quality of life and how to extend the human lifespan, and how what we think of as “holistic health” is going to change significantly.
Additional Sources about Life in the Future:
On Evolution – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution
Delaying Aging – http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/jun2012_Suzanne-Somers-Quest-to-Educate-World-About-How-to-Delay-Aging_01.htm
Exponential Growth VS Seeing Time as Linear Steps – http://singularityhub.com/2016/04/05/how-to-think-exponentially-and-better-predict-the-future/