• Question: How do you think all human life will end?

    Asked by 09woode to Anil, Blanka, Cees, Emma, Mike on 25 Jun 2012.
    • Photo: Michael Cook

      Michael Cook answered on 25 Jun 2012:

      Ah, a nice cheery question for monday morning! Heh.

      This is a tricky one to pin down. Lots of people are worried about how fast we’re using resources on Earth, but it’s unlikely to end all human life – it might just slow us down for a bit.

      When I’m feeling optimistic/sci-fi-nerdy, I like to think humanity might go on for a very long time indeed. If technology advances far enough, it might one day be possible to ‘store’ our brains in electronic devices (a sort of android/robot-like body) which might let us travel further and live longer.

      I’m guessing one of the other scientists might have a better theory though, especially the more biologically-inclined ones!

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      Blanka Sengerova answered on 25 Jun 2012:

      Lovely and cheery one… 🙂 I do worry about the resources on earth because they are finite, and I think that as a human species we’re a bit full of ourselves expecting to survive millions of years. The earth will still be there for many millions of years beyond us, but some other species might become dominant on it maybe. What happened to the dinosaurs? Can the same thing happen to us, too?

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      Emma Trantham answered on 1 Jul 2012:

      Hmmm I’m not sure I worry about us running out of resources so much – as Mike said, that is more likely to slow us down and reduce the number of humans than wipe us out completely. We survived without oil and gas before so I’m sure we can do it again.

      My theory is that we will damage our environment so much (global warming, air pollution etc.) that we will create a planet that we can’t survive on. (Such a cheery thought :S )

      How do you think human life will end?