“Dolphin Returns to Land”

When those of us who do focus on the future, we often see through anthropomorphic glasses; that is, we think in terms of humanity only. But the emerging future promises profound changes to other species of life on this planet as well.

Even if humans had not created “technological” evolution, “natural” evolution would have continued to modify life on this planet. The future might have seen the return to land of sea mammals like the dolphin, or the emergence of advanced intelligences from biological stock other than primates. With the rapid acceleration of progress in human technology, we change the environment in which “natural” evolution works and set new initial parameters, to create a future that cannot possibly be human-centric. Instead, the future is a chapter in the book of life rich with a plethora of biological narratives interwoven with technological narratives.

Someday (perhaps sooner than most people realize) the descendents of dolphins might walk on the land. Likewise, descendents of humans might swim the oceans. And every other extant species, be they biological, technological, or hybrid, will have their own narrative in the chapter of life on the Earth.

If you find such a future impossible to contemplate through your anthropomorphic glasses, then it is best not to pick up the book containing this chapter along with the other chapters of life in the universe alien to our own.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).