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So…Can Technology Save the World?

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Global Connections and Technological Solutions

For the first time in the history of humanity, we have the tools to communicate across the globe and propose solutions to problems that have plagued humans since ancient times.

Global Issues Global Solutions
Climate Change Coordinated Environmental Policy
Malnutrition Global Food Logistics
Poverty Fair Trade Global Economy

Communication Enables Process

The Global Communication Newsletter is a publication of the IEEE Communication Society, a professional organization dedicated to the development of communication professionals and the propagation of communication networks worldwide. Despite their business interest in global communication, they are pushing forward with global designs for 5G speeds and multimedia-rich mobile networks. You can read more about their proposals and ideas in their newsletter. Outside of the United States, more people access the web though mobile devices than traditional computers, so a faster network with broader service areas and better multimedia support increases the ability for more human connections to be established than was ever possible in the past.

This enables processes to be developed for us to gauge environmental and human needs and respond accordingly. One sticking point that is addressed in the newsletter is the lopsided distribution of bandwidth in the radio frequency spectrum that constrains mobile networks while providing underutilized bandwidth to television networks. Solving this would grow global communication and responsiveness, and would allow the spread of knowledge and techniques that could save the planet and its citizens.

Earth-saving Technologies

Some of the new ‘ecotech’ that we could spread virally, via our nifty new 5G networks, come in the form of fusion energy (if it is ever perfected), needleless vaccines, and nanoparticles that leech pharmaceuticals from water supplies that are subject to pharmaceutical waste. Other agricultural advances could increase yields while reducing pesticide use.  An ecodesign website called inhabitat.com includes some awesome examples of the technologies on the horizon that could save the planet and its people. It also cites new developments in rapid communication as an enabling force for positive change.

For all of the negative energy that is directed at technology in some circles, it is easy to lose sight of the promise of technological advances in the areas of environmentally-friendly design and global communication. I, for one, choose to look at the promise of technology and do rest my hope in technology as the missing link in solving the 21st century problems that our global society faces.

Phonebloks – A phone worth keeping

The idea Phonebloks presents is a great alternative concept for a piece of technology almost everyone in the western world makes use of on a daily basis. It’s true that a vast majority of our technologies aren’t made to last. Is this more a problem of cost or simply the perpetual motion of the ever advancing technological field?

How I see it, any piece of technology is outdated after two years anyways. If you use it for more than Facebook and email that is.  How would it be any different with this phone? The components would be constantly become outdated, meaning people would be in constant a “keeping up with the Jones’s” mentality. Ultimately this would cause just as much, if not more electronic waste overtime. Because people always want the newest toy.

In theory this would eliminate the competitive drive companies have to best one another. Now is that truly a good thing, or would it simply create yet another monopoly holding conglomerate. In the video the idea is present that different companies would make their own specific bloks for public purchase, but in the world of business there is always the giants who run the market. For example– would people simply buy certain components because they contain the Apple logo because they’re considered reputable now? Lastly how would operating systems work/be doled out, and how would actually get control over the “app market”?

Though Phonebloks has a good idea/concept I don’t feel it would ever work in reality, nor with the current way capitalism and the western world choose to conduct business. Just like any other campaign they blow the positives out of proportions, and skirt the negatives.