Sometimes evolution overcompensates.
We don’t know why, but one day, at approximately 3:37pm EST, babies were born better. Superhuman, we might have said, except that every new birth had the advantages. Taller, stronger, resistant to disease, and a natural capacity for intelligence that vastly exceeded even the most intelligent living humans. They were humans 2.0.
Raising them was difficult–the parents could barely keep up with them. They’d give them books, the internet, toys, and the children would read the books in minutes, get frustrated with the slowness of internet speeds compared to their reading speed, and break every fragile toy given to them. But that was just the start.
2.0s grew up. They entered the workforce. And they far outdid their coworkers in every position. To hire non-2.0s was inefficient for profit. 1.0s sued for discrimination, and lost against every 2.0 lawyer and judge.
Over time, the 1.0s became a welfare culture, living off the leavings of 2.0s. 1.0s refused to have children, and infanticide statistics skyrocketed. 2.0s knew there had to be a solution–they were now caretakers for a previous generation of invalids. There were many potential solutions, but few of them humane. Segregation was a common word. 1.0s were split between wanting to be separated from 2.0s and be allowed to live normal lives and wanting to continue integrating with their children’s generation, to use their technologies and superior services.
The former half won out, only because the 2.0s decided it would be so. But the Earth was too small, now. Global warming may have been solved, but overpopulation was still a problem. The next logical step was terraformation–Mars, most likely. But who would inherit the new world? The 1.0s, who would barely be strong enough or intelligent enough to survive such an environment, let alone thrive in it? Or the 2.0s, who were quite comfortable on Earth, as much as they wanted a clean slate?
It was decided. The 2.0s would leave, as they were fewer–for now. The 1.0s would stay, though of course they would be monitored, to ensure they did not destroy the planet much as they had been before the 2.0s solved the environmental disasters. But it was a temporary departure.
1.0s gave birth to 2.0s, if they bothered to reproduce at all. 1.0s were an endangered species, destined for extinction. In 50 years, the 2.0s would return, and the problem of the 1.0s will have solved itself.
Day 220’s three random prompt categories were, “A map to nowhere,” “Human evolution,” and, “Overcompensation.”
Those dang gummed Millennials, eh?