I was just thinking this morning : is reverse evolution possible ?
There have been cases where scientists have re-constructed pre-ancient genes (a la Jurassic Park). But what I am referring to here is reverse evolution of human beings.
At the rate which we are advancing technologically, soon we humans will not have much to do. We already have house-hold appliances to do the cooking, cleaning for us. We have robots and modern machines to help build things for us in our factories. We have computers to do the calculations for us.
The progress in AI promises to help create machines which can also do the thinking for us.
Imagine a scenario (maybe hundreds of years away from now) where an average human being does not have to do anything. He/she will just need to sit around watching robots/machines go about their daily routines.
We would have become physically wasted due to lack of activity. Since the robots are doing the thinking for us, we are not obliged to use our brains anymore. With dis-use comes dis-ability. Soon, we will lose use of our bodies as they are currently designed. Our legs will become so weak (due to generations of idly lying around) that we will no longer be able to stand up straight. Over a few generations we would revert to being quadrapeds.
With machines dominating us, we will become dumb and lose all sense of knowledge — science, mathematics. We will lose all sense of art. In short we will lose all that now distinguishes us humans.
In such a scenario, will we de-evolve into apes ? Will intelligent machines be the new humans , catching their creators and putting them on display in zoos ?