The present’s peculiar obsession with plastic surgery will continue toward even more dramatic versions in the future. For those who wish to remain young-looking, it will be possible to freeze a face at a certain stage of aging and leave it there forever. Some will choose to look 18 for the rest of their lives, some will eternally appear to be in their mid-20s, and some will prefer a lifetime of appearing to be a sophisticated 40-something.

But that’s just the start. It will also grow increasingly easy to sculpt a face to look like whatever is desired. Some will simply make their appearance more conventionally attractive, while other will choose to look like someone else altogether, leading to imposter crimes that eventually cause the very famous to copyright their faces.

Further along, perhaps 200 years from now, our appearance will be fluid, ever-changing, based on fashion and whim. Faces will be made of a infinitely modifiable bio-web that can be programmed to instantly take on a new appearance. This will be built into most people’s DNA, and will have been for generations, and so there will be no such thing as somebody’s “real” face.

Subscribe to The Reader Newsletter

Our awesome email newsletter briefing tells you everything you need to know about what’s going on in Omaha. Delivered to your inbox every day at 11:00am.

Become a Supporting Member

Subscribe to and become a supporting member to keep locally owned news alive. We need to pay writers, so you can read even more. We won’t waste your time, our news will focus, as it always has, on the stories other media miss and a cultural community — from arts to foods to local independent business — that defines us. Please support your locally-owned news media by becoming a member today.

Leave a comment