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The UN has released projections of the world’s population until 2100, and the news looks pretty good. The media are playing it up as an alarmist scenario, of course, but there doesn’t seem to be any cause for panic.
Their estimates put that population peak at a shade under 11 billion, after which it would level off and slowly decline. Any such announcement usually sends the Malthusians crawling out of the woodwork (we’re running out of resources!) but, as has always happened in the hundreds of years since Malthus himself, they will be proven wrong.
Edward Snowden has leaked information regarding something we all suspected was happening, but that is nonetheless terrifying – the extent of the NSA and the world’s other intelligence agencies’ intrusion into the online world.
People much better-informed and more eloquent than I have written a lot about this, so I won’t go into the nuts and bolts here; I merely want to point out the not-always-obvious impact that technology can have in our lives.
News outlets are making a big fuss over the changes the CRTC has made to wireless regulations. Maybe I’m a cynic, but the changes don’t amount to much. Continue reading
I’ve always loved technology and been a proponent of its mostly beneficial effects on humanity’s existence. I still believe that, but I also try to keep a somewhat close eye on macroeconomic currents, and I don’t like what I see.
You’ve probably seen this video of Cmdr. Chris Hadfield singing “Space Oddity” on the ISS by now. It’s touching and inspiring, but it’s also sad; sad because Space Oddity (the single) was rushed to market in June 1969 to coincide with the first moon landing. Forty-four years ago we were walking on the moon; today, we sing the same song while dawdling in orbit, which people were doing in the early 60s. No humans have set foot on the moon for 41 years (and counting).