The Population Bomb will explode in the 22nd Century as incredible advances in medicine and biotechnology lead to significant increases in human longevity.
As death rates plummet over the next 100 years, population densities will balloon in an already overpopulated world and lead to billions in the 22nd Century and beyond living in abject poverty. Unfortunately, for many in the developing world, the seventh level of Dante’s Hell will become a reality.
Key4hope, a Silicon Valley-based think tank, recently forecast that many of our grandchildren will live to be 150 years old and beyond. Thus, by 2150, as many as seven generations of one family may be living at once – from a 150-year-old matriarch to new-born babies.
Tim Donohue, the executive director of Key4hope, explains:
“This phenomenon will replicate the life of the Phoenix, the mythical bird that rose from the ashes to live a much longer life. Thus: The Phoenix Condition”
Certainly, advancements in medical science and biotechnology – ranging from cloning, cell revitalization and nanotechnology – over the next 100 years will be astounding.
“Specifically, scientists are on the verge of routinely cloning internal body parts from a person’s own cells… This will be among the greatest medical advancements this century. It cannot be over-emphasized that once we clone our own organs – such as our kidneys or heart – we have overcome the tremendous problems of organ rejection and organ availability. With younger versions of our own organs in our bodies, think of the obvious health benefits – and, of course, how long we will eventually live… When death becomes an endangered species, what will happen to our planet?”
According to a United Nations’ report: “World Population Prospects: the 2012 Revision,” this world’s population is expected to peak at 9.6 billion by 2050, and then begin a slow decline. Donohue, however, disagrees with this report claiming that it does not take into account extreme increases in longevity, but that the world’s population could break 20 billion by 2199.
The next step is the Herculean task of embracing worldwide population control.