Watch Hans Rosling use rocks to deliver the shortest TED talk ever

In less than sixty seconds, using nothing but a couple handfuls of stones and some pithy exposition, statistician Hans Rosling delivers an impromptu talk about how population growth and economic stratification will change in the coming decades.


TED speakers are known for their brief but informative presentations, and few of them are as gifted in this regard as Rosling; but this takes the standard of clear, concise communication to an entirely new level.

And if you don't know who Hans Rosling is, watch this. You're in for a real treat. [Spotted on Infosthetics]



contemporary mainstream (not lamestream media mainstream, just what is most prevalent in practice) finance and economics are predicated on the assumption of growth. This growth implicitly assumes that there's more to be had.

what's disturbing is the idea that when the world-as-infrastructure is saturated with 10B people, all who are living longer than ever before, as nothing more to give, all of those models collapse, and those models are what drive policy and industry, and they are relied on almost religiously by those institutions.

Unless some kind of radical redistribution of wealth occurs, it's unlikely that the distribution of wealth will ever REALLY change. Currently there arguably is "enough for everyone", but there's 1) massive greed, 2) cognitive dissonance about "f you, it's mine", 3) waste inherent in the system and 4) barriers to trade, so even at our current levels we've got a large world population of saving-up-to-buy-shoes.

When there isn't enough for everyone, it's only going to get worse, but i doubt it will ever go 50-50. i just don't see how the proportions ever change.