Re: poly: population singularities

From: Robin Hanson <>
Date: Mon Apr 13 1998 - 12:53:50 PDT

Hal writes:
At 11:12 AM 4/13/98 -0700, you wrote:
>An approximation he gives for population in the hyperbolic portion is
>200 billion divided by (2025 - YEAR). This of course goes infinite in
>the year 2025. ...
>You can also get the same effect if there is some property which only a
>tiny fraction of people possess, and if I am able to benefit from each
>of those individual's efforts. ...

One functional form I would consider would be growth proportional to
the square of the economy, but delayed in time. As in, growth rate today
proportional to the square of the economy as of ten years ago. This keeps
things finite at all times.

Robin Hanson
RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884
140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-8614
Received on Mon Apr 13 19:58:17 1998

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