What life may look like a thousand years from now, is hard to define. Right now our reality is dictated by our present understanding of life and by the scientific study of that which we call reality. We live in a time machine of sorts. Our present reality may be very different from what was true a million or even a billion years in the past.
The future can be described in many ways. One of them is by extrapolating from what we know today. How have we got to where we are today? Through what life may look like a million years from now. How have we gotten as far as we have so quickly? By studying how the present world works and comparing it to how it might have been different, by looking at the fossil record, and reconstructing the timeline of human beings on earth.
How do we get from here to there? By taking a look at the fossil record. Back when people first started building civilizations, they must have used every part of their earth to build their civilization. Over a million years ago people did not have the technology they have today, just like today, they built empires and used the forces of nature to dominate the planet. The early civilizations that emerged were extremely successful, but then all of a sudden the tide began to change, the pace of technology picked up, and the people who were the leaders in this new civilization, fell away.
A century later came about the Black Death, a pandemic that killed a massive number of people. Another hundred years later another calamity, this time it was a great comet or asteroid hitting the planet. This time the Black Death literally wiped out most of the human population of the world. With such devastation came an influx of immigrants, many from other planets, who came to help rebuild. They mixed in genetically with the new population, trying to fix the problems of the past. But this new population was a short-lived one, as most died off before even reaching maturity.
What life may look like in the next century and beyond is still a mystery to those who study our planet today. Some believe that life will become so common that it will be called a form of technology. Others believe that it will only be a brief period of time, a flash in the pan as it has been called. If you are an intelligent person and have an interest in studying what life may look like on other planets and in the universe, you can find a way to fund your research right online with a private space flight or an unmanned probe to explore the unknown.
Perhaps if you are an Earthling, you would like to know what life may look like on another planet or in space. There have been several attempts by different groups to answer this question over the years. A popular one was the European Space Research Organization or European Space Agency. They held a competition to select a theme for a possible future space traveler. The winning concept was “place in space.” This concept came from an actual idea for a game show, which used the idea of going into space and looking at what was outside.
Life on other worlds sounds pretty interesting to an Earthling. But what if we don’t know what life looks like on other worlds, or if we do not know what life is? It makes no sense to go looking for it 1000 years from now when we have no idea how to find it. We may have discovered other worlds, but if they are similar to Earth’s environment, they will be very much like it and we will never know what they are. There is a good chance that there will be no life on another planet by the time human beings come into existence.
If we find out what life looks like on other worlds, it will indeed inspire us to go look for life elsewhere. And if we find that there is no life, that is truly a disappointment. But what will motivate us to go search out planets outside our solar system? If we discover that life is abundant on other planets, it will motivate us to go study the makeup of these planets, to look for signs of intelligence, and to go study the stars in the universe to try to understand why our solar system is formed.