Eh. I've seen this before on the net -- not sure if it was Vinge
screwing up or some support posting on the Singularity, hopefully the
latter. Human growth is usually modeled as an exponential curve, not
hyperbolic; I haven't seen any reference besides this one that claim a
hyperbolic function is involved. (I admit I haven't seen hyperbolic
curves used that way anywhere else, for that matter.) A simple
exponential curve is also conceptually more plausible, being the usual
result for growth depending on the current population. In 2040 we will
have lots, but hardly infinite people, even on paper.
Slainte,
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