any of us are familiar with
the various pictures —
through sci-fi writing, TV or
movies — of the invading "little green
men." They are frightening invaders
despite their small stat-
ure and at-first-glance
gentle visages. Well, you
may counter, there were
those aliens from Close
Encounters of the Third
Kind who were kindly, not
threatening. Ah, ha!
Is it possible that is
where we are headed?
With the mounting
dependence on develop-
ing technology, I foresee
changes in the human
form that may have us
approaching the beings of
Among the first developments will
be enormous eyes; these will come
about due to our dependence on huge
screen TVs, the playing of video games,
etc. Eyebrows and eyelashes will prob-
ably disappear; their functions having
We may develop large proboscises
— like those of butterflies. This will
come about from our slurping of soft
drinks, flavored waters, sports drinks
and energy boosters. The need for
straws will be gone, which will be great
for the reduction of plastic and paper
in landfills. (Who would have thought
that we could develop larger noses
and go green at the same time!)
I can see that our necks will get
somewhat shorter and will be on a
slight tilt to aid us in holding cell
phones in place. We will also
lose the fleshy outer ears that
we now sport and the aural
openings will be larger. This as
a result of the use of headsets
for so many things. Yes, there
will have to be a slight fleshy
protuberance so that we can
hang our blue tooths (blue
teeth?) from something.
Hands will be greatly modi-
fied. They will be only large
thumbs and index fingers.
The latter will serve to punch
in codes on key pads to allow
entry into houses, cars safes,
etc. There are even cars which start at
the punch of a button rather than the
turn of a key. The former will develop
through our over use of devices such as
hand-held games, TV remotes.
Finally, I see us having CPR — couch
potato rears. These large bottoms will
be well cushioned to accommodate all
the sitting that we do in cars, watching
TV and otherwise just lolling about.
We may not be green and we may not
turn into "monsters" (though many may
argue that we are there already) but the
"alien" figure in the mirror may soon be
we as technology continues to evolve. I
have seen the enemy and it is we! ❑
Dec. 9-15, 2010
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