The Incredible Shrinking Man

Lisa van der Voort
April 24th 2011

It has been a trend for people to grow taller and taller during the evolution. When people get taller, they will need more energy, food and space. Since the human population is growing in numbers as well, this will lead to problems since we have only one earth to live on. The Incredible Shrinking Man is a speculative design research by Arne Hendrix about the consequences of downsizing the human body till 50 centimeters high.

When body increases in height and retains its geometric similarity, its volume and weight increase much faster. An increase in human height of 20% equals an increase in body mass of 73%. This also works the other way around. Hence, the Incredible Shrinking man will only weight about 2 kilograms and will only need 2% of the resources that one human being uses now. One house can be made into a flat and a chicken becomes an ostrich!

Our fantasy shapes the future!

The Incredible Shrinking Man by Arne Hendriks

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Posted 08/08/2014 – 08:40

I find this idea fascinating! Would it make sense to only shrink the majority of the population but leave a select few at current normal size to do the heavy lifting?
Also, humans would be a lot more vulnerable at this new size and could be attacked by animals considered harmless at present time such as cats and dogs, so how would we prevent that?

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Lisa Mandemaker: Using an artificial womb could lead to more equality between sexes, but also between different family layouts. If men would be able to give birth to children, it would maybe be easier for male same-sex couples to have a child together.

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