In the year 1 million, Earth’s continents will look roughly the same as they do now and the sun will still shine as it does today. But humans could be so radically different that people today wouldn’t even recognize them, according to a new series from National Geographic.
Premiering this week, the new National Geographic Channel series “Year Million” investigates what humans might look like far into the future. In six episodes, the show explores the possibility of merging technology with the human body, the potential to drastically extend lifespans, the effects of virtual reality, the use of computers to merge human minds, the availability of new sources of energy and the possibilities of spreading humanity into outer space. [The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics]
A look at what life was like 1 million years in the past provides an idea: At that time, modern humans didn’t exist yet, and the most technologically advanced things on the planet were fire and the hand axe. (Picture trying to explain an office job to Homo Erectus, whose day was spent hunting and gathering wild foods.)
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