Elon Musk has a grim prediction for the future of humanity.
A “population bomb,” as he puts it, will go off in the coming decades, when an increasingly-elderly global population clashes with declining birth rates around the world. This isn’t the first time Musk talked about a worldwide collapse in human population, reports Business Insider, but now he’s elaborating to say that we’ll start to see the most dire effects by 2050.
Musk first broached the topic back in 2017, when he replied to the magazine New Scientist on Twitter.
“The world’s population is accelerating towards collapse, but few seem to notice or care,” Musk tweeted at the publication, which had just published an article on that very topic.
Now, Musk returned to the idea of a population bomb on Friday, replying on Twitter to a post about global overpopulation to argue that aging and a rift between demographics would be a greater problem by 2050.
World of Engineering
· Jun 21, 2019
1950 (historical) world population – 2,556,000,053
Current world population – 7,712,343,478
2050 (projected) world population – 9,346,399,468
15. Elon Musk
Real issue will be an aging & declining world population by 2050, not overpopulation.