What humans will look like in 100 years: Expert reveals the genetically modified bodies we'll need to survive

DATE: 23/12/2016

Genetic modification has given us the potential to make humankind stronger, faster, and more resilient to disease.

But each artificial enhancement humanity makes carries the risk of generating a new class of 'super humans'.

This, however, is the risk we need to take in order to survive the next mass extinction, according to one Harvard researcher.

Juan Enríquez argues that artificially enhanced genes, cells, and organs will be needed to get off Earth and on to another planet.

Mr Enríquez envisions a future in which human cells can repair themselves from radiation, fight off deadly viruses like HIV with ease, and even dodge bullets.


'If you believe that extinctions are common and natural and normal, and occur periodically, it becomes a moral imperative to diversify our species,' Mr Enríquez says.

'If Earth goes, all of humanity goes.'

The Harvard researcher explains how genetic modification could be used to upgrade the human genome over the next century.


In the future nanobots - or tiny robots - will be suddenly integrated into our own bodies, enhancing our abilities,' it says.

'No longer will we be limited by own own physiology, but truly become a mixture of biology and machine on the inside.'

Meanwhile, designer babies will cause future generations to grow into intelligent, attractive and physically people.

'But while that will make us better smarter, stronger and better looking, such genetic similarity, or lack of human diversity, leaves room for a single new disease of the future, to wipe out the entire human race.'


The study predicts that by 2050 a typical male worker, aged 35, will have red eyes, a smaller penis, a larger brain, advanced language skills and bioimplants to improve their performance

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