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Increasing population, unemployment and technology advancement

Saurabh Pillai
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I had this thought passed my mind.

Day by day population is increasing and technology is advancing. That means it is getting *easier* to get any *work* done. Take word 'work' in a broad sense. To give you an example, before computers we used to manage records on paper and now things are getting computerized. That means, for what we needed 100 people, can be done with 10 people and in more efficient way.

The point that I am trying to make is, population will increase and technology will advances so is there any real practical solution to unemployment? I feel that it will get from bad to worst. Am I missing anything? Am I not looking to broad picture of world?

Discuss.
Randall Twede
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i think you are right on target. it can only get worse. i used to think(rationalize) that we will need people to maintain and run the machines and that will counteract and in effect provide better jobs. i no longer believe this.


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Pat Farrell
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Twenty years ago, there were zero people working to make all of the world's information accessible. Now Google has more than 20,000 employees.

Fifty years ago, in much of the world, folks were subsistance farmers. As agriculture advanced, farmers became more efficient, and you need fewer farmers. Folks leave farming and go become teachers, artists, breadmakers, shoe salesmen, etc.

We do need to educate the world' women. First, we can't afford to waste 50% of our brainpower pool. Second, when women are educated, they have fewer children, and population growth slows. We also need to provide better health care world-wide. Most families don't want 8 kids, but they have them when they know that most will die before they reach adulthood. So better health and educated women will naturally lower the population growth.

 
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