Category Archives: culture change

Autonomous Vehicles on the Roads in the Next Decade? Wait Just a Minute!


Automakers, legislators, and others are excited about putting autonomous vehicles (AV’s) on the road as quickly as possible, and they cite many benefits.  They’re pushing hard and investing a lot of money, but there are simple reasons why self-driving cars will not rule the road any time soon, no matter how beneficial they might be.  For starters, some people will prefer to drive themselves or ride with a human driver.  Inevitably some people will feel insecure riding in an AV and will refuse to ride in one, let alone buy one.  While the numbers of those rejecting AV’s for such reasons may be small, they will sustain a demand for self-controlled vehicles to remain on the roads longer, presenting serious problems for AV operators.  But that’s just the beginning – there are other major problems with AV’s that are not often mentioned in the media. Continue reading

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As Population Peaks There is One Certainty: Things Will Be Messy and Complicated


We humans are clearly overrunning the planet, but few understand or will face what is happening.  As population hits an all-time peak later this century, life on the planet will get much tougher and there will be no simple answers to the problems that will arise or simply increase in severity.  While it is hard to see ahead with any detail, past experience says there will never be a single crisis that challenges humanity like overpopulation does (barring an asteroid impact, a global volcanic surprise, or the sun doing something unexpected).  This is because human nature drives us to want to live better and have more children.  Can we successfully change ourselves to have less offspring and live more sustainably?  Continue reading

The Thirst for Economic Growth is Normal, But It Increases Overpopulation Risks


People all over the world want economic growth, believing it will make them better off, and who can blame them?  But how much bigger can we grow before our global systems begin to come apart at the seams? Continue reading

Overpopulation Drives Economic Inequality


There sure seem to be a lot of people trying to get rich quick these days, with many of them employing methods that are unethical, immoral, or downright criminal.  Injustices abound, but those that involve making and keeping people poor are everywhere, and have become so blatant that some of them have even been written into the laws.  So why are so many people trying to take advantage of others, and of a legal system increasingly rigged to increase the profits of billionaires and billionaire corporations, with an expectation that they can become rich? Continue reading

Will the Internet Be the Key to Defusing the Population Bomb?


Information and education are the keys to making lasting changes in human behavior, and the most powerful information tool in history is the internet.  Initially access was available to those who could afford it, leaving much of the world in the figurative dark.  Around the world, however, people are extending access to others who couldn’t previously afford it.  One interesting way this is being done is by promoting the construction of high-speed data networks using a free book on how to set up and maintain high-speed data networks  called “Wireless Networking in the Developing World“.  Efforts like this, by leveraging the power of the internet, will increase education and establish a consciousness of global  affairs that will hopefully lead people everywhere to regulate their own birth rates.  With luck that will help lower the peak of the population explosion and ease the transition to a sustainable world economy.  Much more than this needs to be done, of course, but this is a critical movement to which we all should contribute, and it should give us all hope.

Thanks for reading.  — Tim

How to Get the Population Point Across? Use Hashtag #StopHavingChildren


What can we do about the population explosion?  We hear about the symptoms every day, but nobody talks about the cause.  The media churns along, reporting on increased concern for conservation, climate change effects, immigration, alternative energy sources, etc., and it is disappointing that they will not discuss what’s behind the problems they discuss every day: the exploding population.  It is easy to feel helpless in the face of such a huge problem, but what can we do? Continue reading

How Can Civilization Avoid the Population Explosion?


Looking back on my handful of decades of observation, I agree with published experts who see the pace of change in technology and possibly in human civilization accelerating. Population charts also show a rapid upswing that will eventually exceed our resources and infrastructure, but a number of efforts to avoid disaster are ongoing, most relatively weak and some wrong-headed, but they are better than nothing. More importantly they may end up buying much needed time to cope with the negative consequences of the population explosion.  But will it be enough?  And how do we avoid enabling the population to continue to skyrocket-to-disaster? Continue reading