I would argue that India's BIGGEST ASSET is its population. Get those people educated and.... look out world.
But now there is a market to sell the same repurposed technology...for entertainment (games and movies). A larger population does give a higher profit to people selling technology, but that population must also be relatively affluent. A largerer population would be more difficult to educate, but it depends on the values placed on education by the culture.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.
A system like that is not something you break out of on a Wednesday and everything's fine by Saturday morning. Not at all like that. It takes years, maybe even centuries, to heal from that kind of systemic segregation.
For an example, we need look no further than our own backyard. As much as I hate to say it, our own African American population is exhibit A. We actually had institutional slavery, and of course slaves were not allowed to read and write, and slavery was not abolished until the 1870's or so. Now, 150 years later, African Americans STILL have not caught up to the level of education and prosperity of their former masters.
What does that say, then, for India's future? Or China's? It could take centuries for the kind of equality and dedication to everyone's well-being to permeate in to a society enough to have an effect.
Technology will most likely make immortality for humans possible. HOWEVER, the haves will be the only people to afford the technology. The have nots will, over time, simply become a dying class. They'll probably be studied in sociology classes, history classes...etc in future times.
Last edited by Jango; 11-26-13 at 11:56 PM.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
It has probably been said, but I think it is inevitable that everyone will die.