Will future humans look like Pokémon characters?

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  • Humans could look like Pokémon characters 100,000 years from now, with bigger heads, bigger eyes, and improved night vision, researchers believe.

New York:

Humans could look like Pokémon characters 100,000 years from now, with bigger heads, bigger eyes, and improved night vision, researchers believe.

Two researchers say humans in the future could have larger heads, Google Glass-like contact lenses and oversized Disney eyes blinking to the side that glow green with cat-like night vision.

“This is reason-based speculation,” artist Nickolay Lamm told the New York Daily News.

“When I designed it I wasn’t thinking about the anime, but I can see the resemblance. It’s kind of a coincidence that happened,” he said.

Lamm collaborated with computer geneticist Alan Kwan to imagine a future where zygotic genome engineering technology develops to the point where humans can control their own evolution in the same way we control electrons today.

“In this future, humanity has wrested control of the human form from natural evolution and is able to bend human biology to human needs,” Kwan said.

This ability could translate into more facial features that humans find inherently appealing: strong lines, a straight nose, intense eyes, and perfect symmetry. But other changes will be driven by function, the researchers suggest.

Kwan believes the human head could 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.

They also believe that millennia of space colonization could also produce larger eyes to account for darker environments when humans live farther from the sun and darker skin in general to protect against UV rays beyond the sun. ozone from the Earth.

Thicker eyelids and a more prominent browbone, the bone above the eye socket, could compensate for the same type of disorientation that today’s astronauts sometimes experience aboard the International Space Station, they said. added.

Perhaps their most remarkable guess is that future humans could start blinking like owls to “protect themselves from the effects of cosmic rays,” the researchers added.

However, Kwan and Lamm insist that their experiment was always meant to be more existential than scientific.

“I just tried to do this for fun. This project was more for entertainment purposes,” Lamm said.