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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It's inspirational like a lot of Clay Shirky's talks. Another thing we have to look forward to is the exploding population. Think of the 'cognitive surplus' we're going to have when the population doubles!
    • Think of the 'cognitive surplus' we're going to have when the population doubles!

      It rather depends on whether the doubling of the population due to an increase in older individuals, no longer able to think, thanks to degenerative diseases, and all the younger folks having to work two to four times as hard just to look after them.

      On a global basis, much of the overall growth in older prospective workforce of older ages will be occurring in China. For its part, nearly all of China’s increases inworking-age population will be taking place in the groups age 50 and older--the supply of manpower under the age of 45 is projected actually to shrink between now and the year 2025..

      Over the next two decades, China will face a veritable old-age tsunami. By 2025, there may be 200 million or more senior citizens in China, people past their 65th birthday. That would be nearly two and a half times as many Chinese 65 years of age or older as today.

      (from the transcript of a speech Global Demographic Outlook to 2025 [aei.org], which I found a rather interesting, if sobering, read. China's problems with a population structure tending towards 4 grandparents, 2 children, 1 grandchild are only one part of the world's future forseen.)