(Demographics and Statistics Nerds Only)
As a protoactuary, I often talk with people on the train or where ever about things ranging form economics to demographics to environmental issues. Matt Sundheim and I most notably have disagreed over the shape of the world in 2050. I’ve always been called optimistic (I consider it realistic) concerning epic drops in violence, poverty, starvation and disease. I try to cite data where possible and the Economist has done a survey of world health as experienced by humans summing up progress since the 1990s.
If humanity can come up with a way to curb environmental damage and reduce fall-out or possible manage failing states, the world is going to truly kick ass in 2050. 110-year life expectancy here we come.