Originally posted by sh76
Unless drastic steps are taken, in fifty years the vast majority of the world's population will likely be existing in conditions such that the lifestyle of virtually any undisturbed primitive tribe would be paradise by comparison.
Sorry. I can't take him seriously after that.
It does seem like Thomas Malthus has been reborn in every succeeding generation, and each time he ends up being quite the laughingstock.
On the other hand, we do not have an infinite amount of natural resources, and the global population grows at an exponential rate. At some point, something has to give.
Will it be 50 yrs from now? - 150 yrs? - 500 yrs? - more than that? --- can technology continue to postpone the day of reckoning? -- or will Cassandra finally have her day?