Priorities: Mobility or Survival?
Election season and starting a new school year have us clarifying priorities. In public and private discourse, we need to include that using technology has long-term consequences. We need to ask, what infrastructure does this device require? What natural resources go into manufacturing, operating and discarding this device? Does building this infrastructure or using this device endanger human health or abilities that we want to cultivate? As we introduce ourselves and our children to new devices, what activities balance tech use?
Say that our priorities include survival, biodiversity, democratic process and health. Each of these depends on reducing our use of natural resources. And yet, as consumers, we’ve (perhaps unconsciously) prioritized mobile telecommunications.As technologies continue to implode, please join me in questioning our priorities, educating ourselves about the health and environmental effects of our choices, and creating policies by household and community that respect our goals.
Here, I’ll focus on questions about wireless tech’s electricity demands. While a household’s electricity bill may not show it, wireless tech requires much more energy than wired (DSL, cable, fiber optics) tech. Like emissions of electromagnetic energy (EMR), energy use is invisible.
We probably all struggle with the electronics in our life and whether to use or not use, whether to upgrade or not upgrade, for all the reasons Ms Singer lays out in her newsletter and more. For example: there is no doubt that the impact of wifi on human and other life is still not fully known although there have been studies showing insects, like bees, are adversely impacted by wifi and shun those areas.
Since you can’t just set up your camera next to your router, click the shutter button and capture a ‘stream’ of information pouring out, Hernan decided to ‘translate’ that info into light and color using an Android app called Kirlian Device mobile that visualizes WiFi signal strength using a series of colors.