When Jethro Tull released his album (Thick as a Brick) China had a population of 862 million people. Today it is 1,405,586,609 billion (for the current number, check the Worldometer). It could be that Tull was referencing humanity’s inability to look forward; that collectively we are too self-absorbed to understand what the true cost of convenience and the pursuit of shiny new things was going to be for those who come after us. It could be that Tull prognosticated Wang Renzheng’s work to visualize what we are all breathing. Or not.
With the world’s human population currently close to 7.5 billion people, it does not seem as though business models which have been in place for the past fifty years will work for the next twenty years. Or not.