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What Happens When Demographics Change Forever?

Season 1 Episode 18 | 6m 38s

Our demographics look different than they did even seventy years ago. People are choosing to have less children, which leads to an aging population that could strain social services and deal a blow to the economy. But isn’t slower population growth supposed to be more sustainable for our environment? The answer is complicated– but it’s one we’ll have to understand to tackle our changing world.

Aired: 02/28/24
Funding for FAR OUT is provided by the National Science Foundation.
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Decoding the secret language of animals might help us be better caretakers of this planet.
As mass surveillance reaches an all time high, some fashion designers are taking a stand.
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If we want to partner with robots, we might want to make them look like us.
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