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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Toxic TechBroPharaoh Pyramids of The Future!

The Observer
Millions of mobile phones, laptops, tablets, toys, digital cameras and other electronic devices bought this Christmas are destined to create a flood of dangerous "e-waste" that is being dumped illegally in developing countries, the UN has warned. The global volume of electronic waste is expected to grow by 33% in the next four years, when it will weigh the equivalent of eight of the great Egyptian pyramids... Last year nearly 50m tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide -- or about 7kg for every person on the planet. These are electronic goods made up of hundreds of different materials and containing toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and flame retardants. An old-style CRT computer screen can contain up to 3kg of lead, for example. Once in landfill, these toxic materials seep out into the environment, contaminating land, water and the air.
Stunning monuments of an "immaterial" digital-utopian civilization blissfully congratulating itself as accelerating and disrupting its way to a techno-transcendental Singularity.

1 comment:

Esebian said...

While we're at the social realities of TechBroism, have you seen this already?

My take on this is somewhat... less jubilant than the rest of io9's commentariat.