“Minimum number of people you need in order to maintain […] our current level of technological civilization?”

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/07/insufficient-data.html

“What is the minimum number of people you need in order to maintain (not necessarily to extend) our current level of technological civilization? […] Conservative politicians in the US — and elsewhere — get a lot of mileage from appeals to false nostalgia, to a yearning for a time when things were simpler, everyone was sturdily self-sufficient or knew their place (or both), and government was small (sometimes small enough to drown in a bathtub).”

What is the minimum number of people needed to design and build a pocket supercomputer? That’s what I would really like to know. Just in case I get a company off the ground!

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