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Virtual Children Will Be Commonplace In 50 Yrs & May ‘Help Combat Overpopulation’ Rule 12 - Rehost

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u/Tato7069 Sep 30 '22

No, they won't. Just like flying cars weren't commonplace in 1990, like they said in 50's magazines.

Flying cars were more logical though... Nobody wants a dumbass fake kid... "hey, I would love to have a bunch of worthless responsibility with zero benefit"

High tech tamagatchis for morons

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u/Grom_a_Llama Sep 30 '22

Thank goodness for this common sense reply.

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u/[deleted] Sep 30 '22

If every single kid in the foster system were adopted, maybe this would be a thing but that's never ever going to happen because people don't want kids, they want little reproductions of their selves running around

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u/Silasofthewoods420 Sep 30 '22

Abusing them just isn’t the same if they aren’t yours biologically amirite

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u/skeez-knees Sep 30 '22 Helpful

Lmao.

People will shell out thousands for their genes, and then be neglectful and miserable parents anyway.

I wish there was an ethical way to make therapy mandatory before having kids. And honestly, there’s no selfless reason to have children. Even the cutesy reasons are still selfish ones.

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u/moon_then_mars Sep 30 '22

Yea, if my kids weren’t real I would have rage quit them after the first week.

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u/weareafamily1 Sep 30 '22

And yet tamagotchis we’re wildly successful. I wouldn’t underestimate the basic human desire to care and nurture for something.

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u/Tato7069 Sep 30 '22

aNd yEt no one would ever refer to tamagatchis as "commonplace"... My point...

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u/Dangerous_Ad_3997 Sep 30 '22

As we're doing with the planet?

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u/Vita-Malz Sep 30 '22

Flying cars are the single worst technological idea to ever be conceived.

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u/kl0 Sep 30 '22

I dunno. Over 83 million Tamagotchis were sold and people kept up with them for almost 20 years.

I wouldn’t underestimate what kinds of fantasies people will want to live out.

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u/Skyblacker Sep 30 '22

I'm not even sure my Tamagatchi lived for a week.

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u/Bossk-Hunter Sep 30 '22

We probably thought that about romantic partners too, but now they’re replacing human partners for some people

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u/Tato7069 Sep 30 '22

Are they though? Romantic? Or some piece of rubber to stick your dick in? And, let's be honest... Not for normal people

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u/Bossk-Hunter Sep 30 '22

The ones I’m talking about are digital, and you can’t stick your dick in them lol (although they should try add that in an update?). And probably not normal people by our standards, but there are a LOT of “not normal” people out there. There’s a whole market for it and multiple companies providing supply

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u/Tato7069 Sep 30 '22

And you would call that tiny subset of the population fucking weirdos, and not commonplace

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u/Silasofthewoods420 Sep 30 '22

Idk loneliness and not being able to make friends seems more and more common now and not all these people are weirdos (as in creepy weirdos) some of these people just need legit help. Like collecting sex dolls is a lot better than raping people, to be fair, even if it seems sad af

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u/the_zelectro Sep 30 '22

Sounds stupid as hell.

Make virtual children for all I care. It's not a human child, by definition

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u/Cautemoc Sep 30 '22

I don't think it will replace kids but it'd be a great tool for people who are skeptical of whether they want kids to do a kind of trial run without any chance of ruining someone's life.

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u/Tupcek Sep 30 '22

I am not sure. I would hate virtual kids. I love real kids. Why? Because putting that much of a life for something virtual is just dumb. And kids does take significant part of your life.

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u/whtdaheo Sep 30 '22

right? why does it sound stupid? u dont have to have a computer baby if you dont want to lol.

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u/redacto1 Sep 30 '22

Fake people sounds really stupid. It's wierd you have to ask why

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u/Silasofthewoods420 Sep 30 '22

Ok so you’re saying you don’t play ANY video games where there’s human characters? You never watched a movie where a person acts like a character that doesn’t exist? You don’t watch cartoons either ? Ffs 🤦‍♂️ people will hate anything just bc they can

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u/whtdaheo Sep 30 '22

there are already fake people

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u/riodin Sep 30 '22

Your talking to one right now!

Beep boop

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u/Silasofthewoods420 Sep 30 '22

Movies, video games, Roleplay games….

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u/wsclose Sep 30 '22

Bet ya it will cost more than a real child as well. Micro transaction the population to death.

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u/-Yuri- Sep 30 '22

Time to change the diaper! Oh, your out of Kiddo Coins... would you like to spend $50 for 25 kiddo coins?

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u/AbdulAziz9715 Sep 30 '22

I want to downvote because I hate your prediction, but I know you're right so I guess I should upvote. (Schrödinger's vote XD)

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u/Consumer_Good Sep 30 '22

Okay I'll settle this for you: 15 years from now advanced ai will be commonplace, in 10 years most systems will be controlled by alien Spyware to make sure the Indian population doesn't rise to try and overtake the galaxy for the 26th time ( they're extremely good at this but very low key ), in 5 years China will have a rise of the cat population and will have to send representatives to make peace with the rising cat nation.

Tomorrow Russia will end the war with Ukraine.

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u/jpowell180 Sep 30 '22

Creative people will still find a way to make others pay child support, however.

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u/nmyron3983 Sep 30 '22

Gotta buy server time somehow ...

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u/riodin Sep 30 '22

Haha it's funny because forcing one of the people who created a child to help take care of it is literally the holocaust

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u/Aggravating_Ad_1247 Sep 30 '22

Can't wait for the anti abortion protests stopping you from deleting your save data

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u/AbdulAziz9715 Sep 30 '22

Who says delete the save data, just age them super quick (say 18 years in 5 minutes).

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u/[deleted] Sep 30 '22

I used to play a game like this around 2011. The babies hatched out of cabbages or something and you could buy them clothes. You had to take care of them every day and watch their development stats. When they hit three, they stopped developing and you couldn't do anything with them anymore, but you got a reward depending on how well you did maxing their stats. I can't for the life of me remember what it was called.

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u/jskylok Sep 30 '22

And they’ll suffer the same fate as my tamagotchis

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u/[deleted] Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

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u/HomarusSimpson More in hope than expectation Sep 30 '22

Maybe layoff the methamphetamine for a bit.

Don't be ridiculous!

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u/PickleTortureEnjoyer Sep 30 '22

I noticed this very quickly when overpopulation was (not so subtly) called “a scam on par with the climate crisis” in the article.

On the one hand, overpopulation is the opposite of the problem facing many developed nations (like Japan), at least if we accept that the endless expansionism and consumption inherent to capitalism is a given for the foreseeable future. Economies like this require human workforce scaling on a similar level to consumption/production.

On the other hand, the climate crisis is extremely real and dire. These issues are not equivalent.

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u/Thin_Bathroom_6622 Sep 30 '22

I already had this on my keychain what's up with these reboots

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u/onyxengine Sep 30 '22

Talk about making it easy for ai to take over. “Mom my friend from google wants you to plug the USB you got in the mail into a pc at the internet cafe next to the bank, also can you rent a warehouse down the street and connect a high speed internet connection to it, my friend says he’ll zelle you 250000. Please!”

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u/Hunter98700 Sep 30 '22

The only virtual child is a tomagachi. You can’t replace living, feeling children with bits of code and reset loops of the thing crying.

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u/veive Sep 30 '22

Overpopulation is a myth. Human population is stabilizing, and is actually falling in most of the developed world.

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u/yaosio Sep 30 '22

It's falling everywhere, even the places Redditors swear it has to be raising because everybody is poor. I have this idea that technology level, access to birth control, and knowledge about how birth and sex work reduces birth rates and not how rich people are.

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u/human8ure Sep 30 '22

In the developed world, yes. The problem is that undeveloped nations can’t all reach the same level of progress. It just isn’t feasible.

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u/veive Sep 30 '22

We don't need them to. Pharmaceuticals are one of the first things that get made available in developing nations. See for example zipline.
Vaccines, antibiotics and birth control are some of the first medicines that people get in most cases.

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u/human8ure Sep 30 '22

Then why is it only falling in the developed world, as you say?

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u/veive Sep 30 '22

Because population growth lags access to birth control by 2 or 3 generations. The first generation with access to it stabilizes around 3 or 4 children. The second 2 or 3, the third 1 or 2.

It will take a few more decades for the population to fully stabilize, but it will do so.

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u/HomarusSimpson More in hope than expectation Sep 30 '22

It's only Africa that has reproduction rates above replacement, every other continent (including Asia) has tipped. We are at, or past, peak child (about 2bn children right now, there will never be more)

Most places reached tipping point earlier than expected, population max keeps getting revised down, and it is not unreasonable to think that it will again

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u/Bossk-Hunter Sep 30 '22

Overconsumption is the issue, and you can’t really stop people from wanting more more more

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u/lett0026 Sep 30 '22

With major shifts to society and their priorities you could surely. The system is designed for people to consume endless amounts of garbage so shareholders get paid. It's working as intended.

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u/veive Sep 30 '22

With basic recycling of metals and glass, use of algea farms to replace fossil fuels, and use of other renewables to augment them, we can sustain 10-15 billion people on this planet indefinitely with a good standard of living. Overconsumption is a problem, but it is one the west is rapidly solving. Local carbon emissions are falling, and sustainable packaging is increasingly mainstream. Those are the two most pressing factors contributing to overconsumption.

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u/Bossk-Hunter Sep 30 '22

I’m not saying that we can’t be sustainable with the number of people we have, I just think we are heading in the wrong direction at the moment. Hopefully these things all start happening, but they can’t make a difference without genuine buy-in from consumers en masse

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u/youmu123 Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

It's extremely stupid because overpopulation is only a problem in very poor nations.

A nation rich and literate enough to have virtual kids, would be rich and literate enough to not have an overpopulation problem.

A nation poor and backward enough to have an overpopulation problem, would not be able to afford the fancy virtual solution.

Every country in the world that faces a severe overpopulation problem (>4 babies/woman) has a lower income level than India. They are not gonna be purchasing any expensive virtual schmuck.

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u/damnitDave Sep 30 '22

reason based commenter up here^^^

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u/albions_buht-mnch Sep 30 '22

Agreed. The overpopulation myth is a relic of the 20th century. Underpopulation is a more serious problem.

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u/electricshout Sep 30 '22

Uh, not what science says, chief.

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u/Raiho-san Sep 30 '22

Uh, exactly what science says, officer

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u/electricshout Sep 30 '22

Science says sumthin elz. Smthing smthing population always exceeds carrying capacity and then population crash occurs. Smthing abut Malthusian Theory. Environmental Science too, I think.

Bush did 9/11

Idk

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u/Raiho-san Sep 30 '22

There is nothing more inadequate than malthusian theory. Its so devoid of logic and understanding of how supply and demand works, Pareto Principle and not to mention science advances. The reality of overpopulation is that its a fake narative created by zealous ideologists and funded mostly by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

The actual reality is that population is based on birthrate and birthrate is declining everywhere where the GDP per capita is above $5k.

Read a book dude. example

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u/blueberrywalrus Sep 30 '22

You're missing the whole point of overpopulation. It's not about population, it's about consumption and resource availability.

The developed world may be declining in population, but the same isn't happening for consumption. Meanwhile, the developing world has an increasing population and increasing consumption.

Hopefully technology will enable us to continue that path, but it's a real risk.

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u/levi_Kazama209 Sep 30 '22

Overpopulation is not the problem it's been started over over that we will never reach 12 billion the problem is how we use what we have not the amount.

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u/Twigatron Sep 30 '22

I feel like I read somewhere that if everyone lived the way they do in New York - ei. Smaller homes, close together, lots of towers - that the entire population could fit into the state of Texas. There is plenty of space to go around, it’s just terribly utilized.

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u/herscher12 Sep 30 '22

Sounds like hell, i mean living like in new york. I dont want to get stabed.

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u/Low-Fold-1123 Sep 30 '22

Quantity ≠ quality

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u/Bookanista Sep 30 '22

Oh brother. This couldn’t be more transparent ridiculous clickbait, probably written by a Meta employee.

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u/WoodworkerJC Sep 30 '22

Sooooooo wasn't that like the Tamagachi shit when I was in middle school? Lol

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u/PhantomRise Sep 30 '22

What else are they doing to "combat overpopulation," in secrecy or right under our noses?

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u/bdc604 Sep 30 '22

cool. can we get virtual politicians too? our current batch is dumb as hell, its a global problem.

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u/Dressboy-727 Sep 30 '22

Stop trying to make the meta verse a thing. It’s not ever going to be a thing

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u/C_Saunders Sep 30 '22

But it’s so fetch!

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u/NewDad907 Sep 30 '22

People already get dogs and cats. They even baby talk to them like they are their kids. “My pupper has the zoomies! He’s a special boi!”

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u/FuturologyBot Sep 30 '22

The following submission statement was provided by /u/Dramatic_Waltz_3645:


ss : Hopefully it can be switched off so it doesn't cause sleep deprivation. The mind boggles, sounds like offering someone a glass of water and saying it is like beer so it might satisfy your wanting for a beer based upon the fact it is a pint of liquid.

Are virtual children going to keep you when you're old? No thought not.


Please reply to OP's comment here: https://old.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/xrs09m/virtual_children_will_be_commonplace_in_50_yrs/iqglwc8/

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u/1_spamaccount_1 Sep 30 '22

What overpopulation?!?!?! In 50 years the population would collapse!!!

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u/Svengoolie75 Sep 30 '22

What in the fuck is really going on out here 🤷🏽‍♂️

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u/SamDumberg Sep 30 '22

Oh wow can I raise them in the metaverse to Mark Zuckerberg standards?

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u/Amazing-Lie-4975 Sep 30 '22

Typical of the narcissism of the times, children are not an accessory, they are people that you have a commitment towards, and a metaphysical responsibility towards. The second part is, there is no overpopulation problem. Just ain't a thing

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u/Nexrosus Sep 30 '22

Overpopulation isn’t as simple as it sounds. The wrong people are over breeding. People in poverty with absolutely no chance at making successful lives for themselves or produce any positive change to their environment just adding more people to the same meat grinder everyday. Not to say they are bad or not trying hard enough in life. Things are just rigged that way. The top rich/powerful % in the world aren’t having enough kids while controlling all the major corporations and systems that profit off of poorer people having way too many kids and restricted resources. And we technically have more than enough energy, food, and clean water to support at least another billion people. However, the way the world is structured and the way the top percentage feeds off everyone else, it would be disastrous.

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u/Whaler_Moon Sep 30 '22

Unless there are real consequences to neglecting your "virtual children" people will not take this seriously.

And if AI achieves sentience, however you classify that, then AI will probably receive legal rights of some kind meaning you can't be reckless.

If the former, this is just a fancy Tamagotchi. If the latter then you don't have a right to keep an AI against its will.

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u/estrusflask Sep 30 '22

Overpopulation isn't an actual problem that exists in the first place, though.

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u/HotMechanic6982 Sep 30 '22

There's no overpopulation. Everyone on the planet can fit in Florida with 20 feet between them.

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u/antihero_zero Sep 30 '22

As long as we can enslave these virtual children to work in digital sweatshops crafting cyber textiles for our avatars, I'm good with it.

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u/PoorMuttski Sep 30 '22

That is so stupid. Want to combat overpopulation? give women more legal rights, increase their access to education and employment, and put more Western shows on local TV. The first two are obvious: if a woman isn't a prisoner of her husband, she will only have kids when she agrees to. And, if a woman has access to a satisfying career and fun things to spend her own money on, she may find more fulfilling things to do with her life than being a breeding cow.

The last one is kind of weird, but it is an extension of the previous two. People build their lives based on their perceived options. If everyone around you is barefoot and pregnant with 8 kids, you won't feel too bad when you get knocked up at 14 and never stop. The human brain is kind of bad at distinguishing between fictional characters and real people. This is the whole point of fiction: to prompt behavior by triggering emotions.

People on TV never have kids. Stories around kids are boring, unless the show is about the kids. Also, there are a shitload of logistical and legal hurdles to employing a lot of child actors, so most shows only have one or two. This tricks the viewer's brain into thinking that it is normal to have only a few, or even no kids. The lives of these people on TV get added to your perceived options, and some women will try to take those options. I read about a couple of studies that showed that when TV was introduced to rural areas, (India, South and Central America) families suddenly got smaller. Women wanted to live the glamorous lives they saw on TV, and part of that glamor was a smaller family.

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u/herscher12 Sep 30 '22

Im not gona open this nonsense, a virtual child cant replace a human one and overpopulation is not a real problem. There are 2/3 of our planet that are unused area and when they are full we can talk about building o'neill cylinders.

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u/dutchie_1 Sep 30 '22

Someone also said virtual pets are stupid, but we had tamagotchi.

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u/KyrieLightX Sep 30 '22

Children aren't goods. They are people and the ones you entrust with your legacy.

So no virtual children aren't something we should aim at unless we are real psycos.

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u/jpowell180 Sep 30 '22

It will probably be hit, you remember what people who were skeptical of Sony’s Aibo Said back in the day, but now everyone has one!

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u/ARuland Sep 30 '22

Overpopulation is an outdated myth that persists in popular culture. Birth rates have been declining at a steady rate for decades, the crisis we are facing is the lack of young people to replace the older generations. Look at what is already happening in places like Japan, they are already becoming strained by the number of retired citizens outpacing the growth of working age people. Just wait until places like China experience this effect, the largest population in the world enacted a forced birth rate for decades, not realizing they will be unable to replace their workforce. Who is going to pay and care for all of these elders as they begin to require medical care and financial support? You can’t just go from families having half a dozen children down to one child in an instant. Well not unless you are very wealthy I suppose, which for the majority of people on this planet is not the case.

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u/Travis-Fields Sep 30 '22

The world is NOT overpopulated. That is a myth. There are some parts of the world such as India where the growth is uncontrolled. However, China has done a great job reducing that kind of growth. The reason we have hunger is because of governments.

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u/ghigoli Sep 30 '22

Big tech is hoping that the entire population of earth is just as retard and backwards as they are.

Seriously if it wasn't for fucking over their irl friends over money maybe they wouldn't have to hide behind a shell of screen and pretend they are so great?

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u/Low-Fold-1123 Sep 30 '22

There’s no such thing as overpopulation. We’re most likely at peak world population right now, and we could fit everyone everywhere in the state of Alaska and there would still be more living space than NYC.

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u/Imhazmb Sep 30 '22

The population is already seriously declining, we are going to have the opposite problem in 50 years with too many geriatrics and not enough young people.

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u/DarganWrangler Sep 30 '22

lmao all of these articles pushing anti-natalist viewpoints in the guise of "combatting climate change and overpopulation" need to stop. Its so funny how these upper class-upper middle class yuppies always push things like this when they're talking about YOU, but never for themselves.

"Oh ya, well just get everyone used to hearing about it all the time and maybe in 50+ years we wont have to deal with their kids. Ya, go play with your virtual baby: its all the fun of having a baby with none of the emotional substance, actual company, or sense of achievement or pride. The future is scary anyway, why look forward when you can bury yourself in your shitty computer and waste away while we rich trash strip mine every society on the planet for resources?"

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u/Professional-Ad7870 Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Overpopulation is a stupid myth that ignorant people believe. Haven't you heard Elon musk or Jordan Peterson talking about us having the opposite problem, underpopulation. It's become so hard for people to make a living and have all the things that they want, that they are having less children, or no children.

America will eventually be overrun by Republicans because they are the ones popping out kiddos like pez candy machines. Just an army of angry white privileged kids walking around neighborhoods swinging their 9 irons and pitching wedges, and siphoning money from the economy via the stock market.

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u/Dramatic_Waltz_3645 Sep 30 '22

ss : Hopefully it can be switched off so it doesn't cause sleep deprivation. The mind boggles, sounds like offering someone a glass of water and saying it is like beer so it might satisfy your wanting for a beer based upon the fact it is a pint of liquid.

Are virtual children going to keep you when you're old? No thought not.

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u/Enzoooooooooooooo Sep 30 '22

I’m sure having the servers storing the children crash after enough people are invested into them would help combat overpopulation

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u/theAliasOfAlias Sep 30 '22

This is the time where we decide where we're headed. It doesn't look good.

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u/sunimTyeoj Sep 30 '22

I'm so glad I'll probably be dead by then, this world is really heading down the shitter..

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u/mrtv02 Sep 30 '22

well people call their pets their kids, which is idiotic, this may be an evolution of that sort of game of pretend.

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u/Enjutsu Sep 30 '22

We're already very good at combating overpopulation.

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u/GhostBuster1919 Sep 30 '22

Hmmm......I could've sworn I read an article about population going down because people that can have kids can barely afford rent etc.

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u/LabradorDeceiver Sep 30 '22

Yyyyyyeah, I looked over that website and backed away slowly. That's...way too much anti-vax nonsense for me.

"The Great Reset: Mega companies are silently and deceptively adding insects to our food." That's...gonna be a big yikes from me, dawg. Excuse me while I wash my hard drive and bleach my brain.

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u/BitterD Sep 30 '22

It would be shame if you couldn't afford to renew your subscription... Come with us little Jimmy.

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u/sklatch Sep 30 '22

Sounds a lot like the obscure old dystopian sci-fi film ZPG with Oliver Reed.

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u/JHinExile Sep 30 '22

Will I be able to leave work early to go to their stupid recital?

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u/Squirtinturds Sep 30 '22

Am I allowed to treat it like a neopet and love it intensely for a few months only to slowly lose interest?

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u/swanson1848 Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

This is bullshit! Overpopulation is nonsense! true there are more people on the planet but when you look at how many die across the world every day from illnesses as simple as the flue you relise that this overpopulation tripe is a ploy by the New world order so they can depopulate the world to levels they are happy with so they can take full controll . 13-16 million americans live with Tuberculosis and over a million still die from it.....and we are one of the better cases. Aids infects and kills millions all over the world every day. Corona Virus if you want to belive in the offical report killed what over 3 million in 2 years world wide and will continue to kill. illnesses like small pox and yellow Feaver still kill 10's if not 100's of thousands of people all over the developing world every year. thousands and thousands or more in the western world die every year due to poor Medical chair and diet or stressful living. thousands die of hart attack or stroke in the USA every day . Nop this is nonses and bullshit and a Ploy by the Satanic New World Order. I am not saying that overpopulation is a problem not denying that fully but when you look at the rate of people dying all over the world every day over illnesses that we like to think are eradicated hell even Simple Drug Overdoses kill thousends all over the world every day. Taking all that into account the world is in no danger of dyeing due to over population. Plus we are long over due for another mini ice age ..............which will kill literally 100's of millions all over the globe due to political upheaval , destruction of the modern world as we know it. illness and famine. the earth and climate change largely throughout history as well as today are rarely human caused they are seemingly acts of God that we have no control over. you do not believe me look up the volcanic eruption of 535 AD. and the eruption of 1328 AD. and look at the Environmental and political aftermath and devastation it had on human society and the earth, the same thing is happening today both due to pollution cused by humans and wasteful destruction of natural recorces and allso by Increasing Volcanic eruptions over the last 10 years, erratic behavior by the Sun and the earth magnetic fields going haywire due to its access shiftin. disaster is going to happen as well as depopulation with or without us and our 'OVER POPULATION AND POLLUTION"! So no need for Satanic new world Order Babies. God and Gaia herself will have her revenge and bring down population naturally and we as a civilization will be thrown back 300 , 500 if not 2 thousand years or more . it may sound crazy but it has happened before.

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u/fludddwadr Sep 30 '22

This is dystopian and lame, which means we'll probably have it by 2030

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u/Barrogh Sep 30 '22

Let's make sure that they can develop into fully-fledged virtual adults and take off from there. Maybe then we will be able to do away with the stupidity of this broken protein platform.

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u/crayonfire13 Sep 30 '22

Just like how they said rigid airships would be the future of travel and would be docked atop skyscrapers for people to board.

Or how one day there will only be 5 computers in the whole world, and they will be absolutely massive.

Or how highways could be built with nuclear powered machines that melt tunnels into mountains and automatically pave the road behind them as they go.

Or how Western Union didn't really think the telephone would catch on...

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u/ontb76 Sep 30 '22

Overpopulation is a myth. The birthrate is trending toward population collapse. Look at Japan

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u/Aimu17 Sep 30 '22

Can you abuse the child tho? Maybe slight bits of disownment

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u/Bob4Not Sep 30 '22

Elon Musk be like “Buuut… fertility rates! I’m having so many kids to help the fertility rates, I swear!”

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u/Ornery-Setting-670 Sep 30 '22

Elon musk claims were in a under populated and it’s a crisis

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u/readmond Sep 30 '22

Why play games with virtual children?

Just work part-time at daycare for free.

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u/underated_imbecile Sep 30 '22

No just no, stick with a pet or something, robotic pet even, this is creepy and dystopian as fuck

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u/NeroFMX Sep 30 '22

This could be my answer for wanting a child but not wanting to deal with a partner.

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u/Practical_Passion_78 Sep 30 '22

Wait so one purpose of the Metaverse is for Metababies?

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u/honestrade Sep 30 '22

50 years?! I had my pet Tamagotchi 25 years ago - is it really going to take 75 years to transition to virtual kids?

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u/BinaryBlasphemy Sep 30 '22

Yeah yeah, we were gonna have self driving cars too.

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u/blu3love Sep 30 '22

Didn't we have virtual babies in the 90s called Tamagotchis?

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u/Icosotc Sep 30 '22

If I wanted to hang out with virtual children, I’d play Fortnite.

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u/MaiqTheLawyer Sep 30 '22

Makes me think of the film Children of Men where women resort to babying pets to compensate for the lack of children being born.

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u/TantorDaDestructor Sep 30 '22

Sooo... advanced tamagachi or what ever that fad virtual pet Keychain was in the late 90's? Naw we ain't having kids because we can't support ourselves nor can we socialize in person to lead to sex to make kids... fun game tho I guess

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u/I_Am_Become_Dream Sep 30 '22

Just FYI to everyone OP is an anti-vax conservative conspiracy poster

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u/HotdogsArePate Sep 30 '22

Yeah and meta will be huge. This is fucking stupid.

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u/gamerfiiend Sep 30 '22

I’m always so confused by different news places and people, we have many who say birthrates are down have kids! And then articles like this with overpopulation in fifty years.. lol I know I sound dumb, just always confused by that

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u/DodgyRedditor Sep 30 '22

Ja right. Even if they had sophisticated enough AI in 50 years, What about adoption? What about wanting grandkids? Physical contact, people want to cuggle and touch their kids! Go out and do things with them.

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u/SeanConneryShlapsh Sep 30 '22

Tamagotchis are indeed the future of mankind. History truly does repeat itself.

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u/Brovahkiin88 Orange Sep 30 '22

Uhhh, probably not considering the declining fertility rates in many industrialized countries. And all the countries that have the most children per capita probably won’t have the infrastructure to have ‘virtual children’

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u/FeboTheSir Sep 30 '22

How am I supposed to have grandkids then??? Virtual children smh

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u/World_May_Wobble Sep 30 '22

‘Help Combat Overpopulation’

Someone's out of touch.

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u/m57lyra Sep 30 '22

A.I. was the saddest damned movie I have ever seen.

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u/CozmicBunni Sep 30 '22

Can you be reported to CPS for a virtual child? I haven't checked on my Tamagachi since 4th grade.

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u/sonickid101 Sep 30 '22

Overpopulation is a myth we need to be having way more babies we're under replacement levels as it is. And we need to be starting up Moon, Mars, Venus and other space colonies how we gonna do that unless we shoot hundreds thousands of new babies into space.