Title of your idea
Nuhu: Number of Humans
Track the total population of humans with a synthetic token pegged to the population.
Which metric will your synth track?
Total population of humans on Earth. It might be easier to peg it to the nearest billionth, a value of 7.54321 might represent 7,543,210,000 as the estimated population.
How will you get data for your metric
There are several sources that appear to be viable such as. “Population Clock: World” and “World population - Wikipedia” ,
This data would only need to be updated once every 6-12 months. The sources appear to be reliable and free and as accurate as you could expect.
What collateral type(s) would you use for this synthetic
I think the USDT would be an ironically good choice: it is pegged to an infinitely inflating dollar and also seems to have unlimited growth just like the human population.
One concern could be that the human population counts are just estimates, and can never be expected to be exact.
If we are able to find multiple sources giving slightly different answers, we may need to take the average value between them, possibly weighted based on trustworthiness of the source of data.
One design consideration to take is that whatever starting value is decided on, should increase by +2.5 per second per “https ://www.live-counter.com/world-population/” , but could be manually adjusted once a year as new data becomes available
Other use cases
This could be useful to determine how many people to split up an asset for.
If there were an “Inverse Nuhu” this could incentivize a smaller population: the current population is just under 8 billion, and up to 2 billion has been touted as the highest optimal number.
An offshoot secondary synthetic token could even be a “Optimal Nuhu” that divides Nuhu by 2 billion (“https ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimum_population”) to extrapolate over population, that may have some use cases similar to tokenized carbon credits.