DailyDirt: The End Of The World As We Know It

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Predicting the end of the world has been a famously difficult calculation. Population growth trends have not proven to follow a continuously exponential path, so we've easily avoided previous calls of Malthusian catastrophe. However, it's still possible that we've only managed to postpone the sixth major extinction event, and our technological cleverness won't be able to save us next time. Here are just a few modern predictions of doom that could ruin some retirement plans. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: civilization, doom and gloom, global climate change, green revolution, malthusian catastrophe, population growth
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    John Fenderson (profile), 27 Mar 2014 @ 9:43am

    Re: Re:

    The Y2038 problem isn't fixed by upgrading hardware (and upgrading hardware isn't required to fix it). It's a cousin of the Y2K problem -- a software issue resulting from design tradeoffs.

    It's also not likely to present anything like a disaster, since people aren't ignoring the problem and there remains time to resolve it in a considered way. Worst case, it will be like the Y2K issue: it will cost money, but the sky won't fall.

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