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Is there a realistic approach to provide a "comfortable" way of life to every human being on the word? Can the Earth support it?

I'm sure you have, at one time or another, asked yourself how many earths would we need to satisfy the needs of everyone.
Or a matrix like infinite world will be the solution?
Science fiction has come up with a lot of ideas, but are we really getting closer or further away from eradicating poverty? and I don't mean just to ease the suffering, but to actually make it disappear.
Is money part of the solution or part of the problem?

Or maybe the world can handle us all and more!

What do you think?

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  • Feb 17 2011: I don't think there's any reason to believe that the world can support infinite desires. If humanity grows and spends more and more and more, some day we will run out of resources. Maybe not soon but some day. I think the world can handle us all but I'm not sure about "more".

    I have no good idea of a solution, I don't think we can stop the system. Overthrowing capitalism and the monetary system will probably lead to even worse or at least equally bad outcomes. I can be very pessimistic about this, but I fear war, genocide and starvation is coming. :(

    When it comes to science fiction solutions however, the sea of ideas is rich! Maybe robots, AI and fusion will save us. Maybe we'll live in a virtual-reality. Maybe we'll be super duper eco-friendly! There's always hope... A small, small hope..
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      Feb 17 2011: I'm also worried that only what's profitable gets researched. If some company discovers a material or chemical or process that is great for something, is cheap and Eco friendly and they cannot get a patent on it, then they dump it and probably keep using the mediocre material, chemical or process that pollutes but is very profitable. This also applies to the health system! And even to countries. If fusion is found, will every country on earth be allowed to have it or they'll have to buy the electricity?

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