The Unforeseen Future

September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Although time travel has remained a popular theme for science fiction stories over the decades, every author has a different perspective of what the future holds. For instance, in H. G. Wells “The Time Machine,” the human race has bifurcated into two species in the future – one species that has become the predators who reside below ground in the dark and another that has evolved into the prey. In comparison, Robert Heinlein’s story “By His Bootstraps” portrays future humans as docile and compliant individuals who have lost their drive in life.

Heinlein’s future human race and Wells’ human prey species are similar in the fluid language individuals communicate in as well as their primitive intellect. I similarly believe that language will evolve into a simpler and universal form, but I don’t believe that the human race will become a docile species or divide into multiple species before becoming extinct in the future.

I’ve always been fascinated by what the future will be like in thousand years. I believe that if we were able to use a time machine to travel to the future, we would find an extremely intelligent and technologically advanced human race. However, it would truly surprise me if human beings remained on earth – instead, the future would be a place where humans have created habitable environments on other planets. If the earth becomes uninhabitable, I think that our species’ drive and fight to survive will lead us to explore options beyond the planet we know.

It’s possible that little might be left on earth in the future and the atmosphere will completely change, such as what occurs in Wells’ “The Time Machine.” However, I believe there would be the opportunity for people to travel to various other planets or space stations, and that the human race would still exist far into the future.

-Lexi Zarecky

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