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Hans Rosling

Director, Gapminder Foundation


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

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    Mar 21 2011: Hans! Another amazing analysis! I love your work.. Here's my question:

    You have correctly concluded that we must concentrate our efforts at bringing people out of the poverty line. Economic growth must be directed at the poorer nations so that the next two billion closes in on the 'wash line' (in this case). I agree!

    You have told us what to do. But how do we do that?

    In my opinion, the current economic system is only increasing the gap between the people at the top and the majority at the bottom. Today, technology is at such an advanced level, but it is not accessible to people, except i guess less than 5 percent of the word's population. The profit motive has lead to overuse and exploitation of resources. Despite the new I-Phones and I-Pads, there are billions of the old technology cellphones available. And none of the products are designed to last..

    This can be observed in every sector. From energy to transportation. If things remain the same, I do no think that by 2050, we will be able to reduce the gap and thus, control the population.

    How do you think we can achieve this? What should we change about the current systems?

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