Four Global Progress Positives…
Have you been reading the news lately? It’s a swamp of muck and mire, sure to bog you down in the drudgery of surviving it all, but do not despair! Here are four positive changes going on in the world today according to the 2015 United Nations Millennium Development Report.
- Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half, falling from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015. Most progress has occurred since 2000.
- In Southern Asia, only 74 girls were enrolled in primary school for every 100 boys in 1990. Today, 103 girls are enrolled for every 100 boys.
- The literacy rate among youth aged 15 to 24 has increased globally from 83 per cent to 91 per cent between 1990 and 2015. The gap between women and men has narrowed.
- The global under-five mortality rate has declined by more than half, dropping from 90 to 43 deaths per 1,000 live births between 1990 and 2015. ~source. 2015 UN Global Development Report
These four things are amazing considering the progress made in such a short period. It’s interesting to consider the implications of the fourth finding as what it indicates is a coming population boom. That boom is on a direct collision course with AI and robotics taking over millions and millions of jobs.
It’s interesting to ponder how these future global citizens will fit into a system where every things been automated and streamlined to the point that human labor is no longer needed. With those owning the factories and technologies set to compete for jobs we have to wonder what people will do for work. Without a working population with disposable capital there will be a superclass of poor who effectively economic hostages within a system they have no capability to operate.
Just something to consider as we begin to better our world.