Arent we actually tapering off? Lots of countries across the world are now in a population levelling-off or already declining. The Gaia Principle [Covid, yo] or karma or mother's instincts about bringing children into an unstable world, perhaps a combination. Ask any educated 20-something about their thoughts on having kids.. i'll hold your beer!I have often thought about this same question. Automation = fewer jobs, but the population in the US continues to grow. Not everyone can go to college and very few can live off the minimum wages paid for many service jobs.