Oboy. I'm glad I live here in the past.
Fascinating to hear that our skull shape has changed just in the last 500 years or so.
I doubt that the discussion of the golden ratio in that article takes into account the out-of-proportion eyes. Is anyone familiar with Egypto-Roman paintings of the second century or so? Classical Greek and Roman statuary kept the face in what they considered harmonious proportion (realistic in the case of Roman sculpture, idealized in the case of Greek), with no feature emphasized at the expense of another. By the second century in the southern Mediterranean, the faces showed the soul as well as the body, and they were noted for their large, liquid eyes. Classical proportions had gone bye-bye.
Natural selection has given us eyes that have at least some chance of protection by the shape of our skulls. Do you trust science to do as good a job? Not by the looks of it.
Roman statues (very realistic and humanistic)
Greek statues (idealized)
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I doubt humans or earth are around in 100,000 years.
I wonder if Dr. Kwan is related to Michelle?
We will look like Bratz dolls?
The interesting thing is that these changes will occur not by natural selection but by deliberate engineering.
This is an extremely ethnocentric "research" and projection by using a pair of specimens most of today's humans do not look like.
It took millions of years for humans to diversify into different races through slow migrations into different geographic regions, but we are on our way merging back into one human race, which I believe will happen in about 200 years. Maybe a projection from representations of such a race will more accurately portray the probable future appearances.
SF, you make a great point, and I actually remember a picture projection based on exactly that idea. For some reason, I think it may have been in Time Magazine. For myself, I hope that diversity remains, even after we move closer genetically to one another. I like it that we each bring something different to the dance.
Johar, I'm still giggling over the Bratz dolls comment.
Oof. Those eyes ARE quite unnerving. However, it's very interesting to know that we can scientifically predict we will towards "fundamentally" appealing traits based on the golden ratio. Makes me wish I'd chosen a different career path.
I agree, though. As beautiful as this lady is, I hope the future will have room for all different kinds of people, like now.
That's the one, Math. Thanks! Glad my memory wasn't playing tricks. As for everyone ending up looking somewhat alike, I kind of prefer the Star Trek motto IDIC: infinite diversity in infinite combinations. I do hope that this is our future, not some homogeneous fabric with every thread the same.