Homo Desktopus

Van Mensvoort
July 18th 2008

homo desktopus
A future physical anthropologist who knows nothing about the human race and would dig up a contemporary desktop computer, might conclude homo desktopus must have been the user of the device.

Funny picture? Gross? Seriously: from a sensorial point of view, the computers we currently use are extremely limited machines. The average desktop computer setup consists of a mouse, keyboard, a flat 2D screen and two small speakers. Homo Desktopus (image created by Koert van Mensvoort)They engage only a fraction of the human sensory bandwidth.

If evolution would naturally select the human race on desktop computer use, people would evolve towards one-eyed blobs with tiny ears, a small mouth, no nose and a large click finger and no other sensory organs.

Will this be your grand-grand-grand-... son? Now seriously: Creating computer interfaces that better fit our bodily properties, will probably work quicker that evolutionary adapting to our current computer interfaces.

See also: Fake-space race, Third life, Study finds humans still evolving.

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Koert van Mensvoort: The virus makes us aware of other lifeforms with other perspectives, desires and needs. It also teaches us that we are one humanity. These viral invaders don’t discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, income, social status, political or sexual preference. We are together and must work together to overcome. Stay safe.

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