Thursday, August 12, 2010

Up, up with people

Charlie Stoss, via Henry Farrell:

There's a deceptively simple question that's been bugging me this week, and it is this:

What is the minimum number of people you need in order to maintain (not necessarily to extend) our current level of technological civilization?

There are huge political ramifications hiding behind this question. Let me unpack them for you.

Both posts are quite interesting.

Follow-ups, which I'm bookmarking here because I'm out of gas: Charlie's "Mediocrity" and "Space Cadets."

[Added] See also this later post.

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