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Hans Rosling

Director, Gapminder Foundation


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What are your thoughts and questions on "the magic washing machine"?

I will be answering questions on my new TED talk today at 11.30 -1.30 pm EST.
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    Mar 21 2011: Thank you for a wonderful, concise and illustrative talk! Do you believe there will come a time in the near future when poverty becomes extinct. That is, that technology passes a threshold at which the entire world can sustain living above a 'fixed definition' of poverty. The alternative situation that comes to mind is, in the future, a defined 'poverty line' simply raising relative to that rise of the 'air line'. What are your thoughts?
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      Mar 21 2011: Hi Adam,
      Yes I think the probability is high that poverty will be gone or vary rare in 50 to 75 years from now. And the reason is very simple, I can not imagine a modern world with remaining poverty. Reason being that a poor country like Congo, well they have resources but they are not adequately used at present, have a very fast population growth. At independence in 1960 Conga had 15 million people and is not projected to have 150 millions around 2050. If poverty is not gone by then the population will continue to grow and that is bye bye to the gorillas. So everyone that want to preserve gorillas should start helping the Congolese people end poverty.

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