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Global Population Growth, Box by Box Ted Talk

29 October,2016 by Tom Collins

It is fascinating to think about how the world is changing. Often the IT industry can be self-obsessed but it exists within the global community, and is one of the reasons why the global community has changed so rapidly.

I watched a great video called Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box | TED Talk | TED ...  It is part of the Ted Talk series and the speaker is Hans Rosling . He is an innovative thinker, exploring data in unusual ways.

I watched the video and wrote down some notes based on his talk. Of course , he has a unique and engaging style , so after reading the notes , watch the video

There a multiple dimensions of development;

  1. Human rights
  2. The environment
  3. Governments
  4. Economic growth (this equals 80% of survival)
  5. Education
  6. Health
  7. culture

In 1960 the world’s population was 3 billion people. The industrial and western world contained 1 billion people. The Western world population e were healthy, educated and rich. The developing world has 2 billion people in, their aspirations were to have food for the day and maybe saving to buy necessities such as shoes. There was no in-between, you were either wealthy or drowning in poverty.

The western world developed and found bigger aspirations such as owning a private jets or a share portfolio instead of the car they wanted 40 years ago. Whilst the industrial world was increasing the quality of their life, the developing world was not developing at all and was almost as poor as it was in 1960.

The gap between the western world and the developing world has become less prominent . The population has increased and the spread of wealth has increased . This has created a CONTINUOUS WORLD. However, the number of people in poverty has increased.

How to solve this?

Child survival will stop population growth and hopefully decrease the amount of poverty. The western world is wealthy due to a high child survival rate. This results in western countries not being too over populated , resulting in easier management. Developing countries have large populations due to low child survival rate.

If the poorest section of the world moves one step up from severe poverty e.g. moving beyond subsistence living , then population growth will plateau and hopefully decrease slightly.

The world doesn’t have enough space or resources to provide for everyone that’s alive right now. The developing countries poverty stems from an over populated area not having enough space for everyone which escalates to poor living conditions etc.

Asian and Middle Eastern nations are more advanced in education and health more than they are in being the most economically developed country. Social progress should be a priority ahead of economic progress to gain and then maintain a healthy country with little problems.

When countries are in poverty the country’s main priority is survival. Many people believe to alleviate poverty and develop you need to apply a technology solution. For example, to water crops in a a sub Saharan country , yes it would be easier to have a machine to do that but technology will not solve all of the problems. And as I said before the countries that have a better chance of surviving are Asian and Middle Eastern countries as they are developing in a different direction through education and health. This creates the groundwork for development

Technology may seem like a great idea to help progression with the globe, but is there adequate provision for the future in regards to emissions and other global problems associated with technology. With energy use there are large emissions of CO2 per country being released. This leads to global warming and climate change, with potentially unpredictable results.

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Overall Hans Rosling wants us to understand the taxonomy of the world. He says many times throughout his speech that economic growth is not vital for a successful country and that there are many factors assisting the development of a country not just economic and technology.

Hans Rosling was born in 1948. He is a Swedish medical doctor, academic and public speaker. He became well known after he promoted the use of data to explore development issues within countries. Rosling co-founded the Gapminder Foundation together with his son Ola Rosling and daughter-in-law Anna Rosling Rönnlund. Gapminderr developed the Trendalyzer software that converts international statistics into moving, interactive graphics. The software shows perfectly the development of a country through anyway you wish; in his ted talk he shows the child mortality rate against children per women. The graph shows the countries at different points so they can be easily compared.

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