Enter, Robot. From Mark Steyn at his blog:
In China, alas, the statistics are catching up with Steynian doom-mongering:
“China’s population shrank last year for the first time in 70 years, experts said, warning of a “demographic crisis” that puts pressure on the country’s slowing economy…
“The number of live births nationwide in 2018 fell by 2.5 million year-on-year, contrary to a predicted increase of 790,000 births, according to analysis by U.S.-based academic Yi Fuxian.”
Yi is at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and he’s been tracking just how old China’s getting:
“China’s median age was 22 in 1980. By 2018, it was 40. That will rise to 46 in 2030 and 56 in 2050. In the US, the median age was 30 in 1980 and 38 in 2018. In 2030, it will be 40, and 44 in 2050. India, by comparison, had a median age of 20 in 1980 and 28 in 2018.”
What happened between 1980 and 2018 to make a country age that fast? Well, for two generations Chinese mothers gave birth to boys and aborted all the girls.More.
Reality check: One thing that’s happening in China and Japan (also a demographic winter zone) is a glut of robotic devices intended to substitute for people. As Steyn says, “ Those periodic wacky stories about lonely Tokyo millennials marrying their favorite manga character foreshadow a world where the middle-aged businessman, starting to slow down a bit and with intimations of his own mortality, starts to develop feelings for his robot housekeeper.” Also:
Sex robots: A cure for loneliness?
Virtual brides The answer to relationship problems: Your new spouse is a hologram. So far, only in Japan
Robotic news readers: If a robot read the news, would you notice a difference?
Robotic politicians: A tech analyst sees a threat to democracy if they don’t run
Robot priests: And you thought “robotic religion” was just a pointed criticism… ?
The most significant fact about the valuable information Mark Steyn provides is how little of it we hear in legacy media.
Just think, here in Canada, historic media are going on welfare. We will likely hear even less about critical issues that don’t amuse our incompetent betters, like Justin Trudeau, because that would endanger their grants.
More and more, we will need independent analysts like Steyn and blogs like this one—whoever we are otherwise forced to pay tax dollars for.
See also: Media still unglued in 2018 Because they don’t need to be glued. They’re not holding anything together, not even themselves.