Ask A Genius 223 – Underclass, Kids, and Resource Dilution
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
July 9, 2017
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Rick Rosner: Technology will prompt people to have kids later or to hold on to their own resources. The economic elites holding on to their own resources because they can anticipate living indefinitely and not be diluting those resources through having kids.
The underclass; I don’t know how it’s going to work with them and kids, but I anticipate that the population will begin to level out around 12-13 billion, 14-15 billion. I don’t know, but around a century from now.
And it doesn’t have to be Idiocracy having a large number of people whose needs are taken care of and it might not even be fair to call them the underclass, you might call them the economically non-elite.
Those people with having their needs taken care of may be free to create all sorts of great things for the world. The risk is that will be economic stratification, but perhaps the more critical issue is whether access to tech will be stratified.
It is having all the tech and the have-nots not having as much access. I have a feeling that access to tech will be more democratized than wealth will.
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