[ExI] extropy-chat Digest, Vol 215, Issue 46

Ben Zaiboc ben at zaiboc.net
Fri Aug 27 19:28:23 UTC 2021

On 27/08/2021 17:32, Adrian Tymes wrote:
> Again I say: continued population growth is a net benefit.  Yes it has 
> problems, but those are outweighed by the advantages.  If we can have 
> life extension AND population growth, so much the better!

I can't argue with that, as long as technology keeps up. Most people 
don't consider that the carrying capacity of the earth is dependent on 
the level of technology. With sticks and flint, it's just a few million. 
With steam and coal it's maybe a billion. With hydrocarbons and 
microchips it's a few billion. With nuclear power and the kind of 
materials technology we're developing now, it's probably a few tens of 
billions. With uploading and nanotech, it's going to be trillions or 
even quadrillions.

And that's just on this one planet.


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