"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
See also the flying crowbars from Footfall, the 1985 novel by Niven and Pournelle. Jerry Pournelle wrote about this idea as early as 1964.
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