Environment – The harms to wildlife, particularly bees, butterflies and other pollinators
Energy – The huge energy consumption to produce and power a wireless Internet of Things
Brains and Humanity – The effects on our brains and humanity from humans increasingly inhabiting the cyber world
E-Waste – The astronomical e-waste that will be generated from connecting virtually every “thing” to the Internet
Conflict Minerals– 5G and the IoT will vastly grow our dependence on conflict minerals, which have brought about the death of close to 6 million people
Ethics — Ethical issues arising from the IoT. New human rights laws are being being considered; how should humans relate to robots and AI? The blurring of what was once a clear delineation between technology and humans
WHAT IS 5G?
5G refers to the “5th generation” wireless technology. Its intended purpose is to provide faster and higher capacity transmissions to carry the massive amount of data that will be generated from the Internet of Things (IoT), driverless cars, and for faster video streaming. No one is yet clear about how 5G will be achieved, so at present, it is being used more as a marketing term, although in Dec. 2017, industry announced that it has finally settled on specs or standards for 5G.
What is clear is that 5G will include the higher millimeter wave frequencies never before used for Internet and communications technology. These waves do not travel easily through buildings so 5G will require millions of new cell towers. The wireless telecom industry is aggressively seeking to outfit nearly every lamppost and utility pole around the country with a wireless “small cell” antenna beaming hazardous radiation next to, or into our homes, 24/7.
In light of the robust and ever growing independent science showing adverse health effects from radiofrequency/microwave radiation, the densification of our neighborhoods with 5G-infrastructure may prove to be a very ill-conceived idea.
WHAT IS THE INTERNET OF THINGS?
The Internet of Things (IoT), as being marketed and sold to the public, is a vision of wirelessly connecting every “thing” possible to the Internet – all machines, appliances, objects, devices, and even our brains. In addition, the IoT will include artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), robots, microchipped humans, and augmented humans (humans with some form of technology implanted or integrated into their biology to “enhance” human characteristics or capabilities). IoT sensors and surveillance cameras will pepper our communities as well. New IoT cyber physical systems will render all objects “smart” – i.e. connected to the Cloud – thus enabling pervasive machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and massive data collection.
Every IoT “thing”, including robots, sensors, surveillance cameras, and augmented reality, will generate personal usage-data, which will be mined, stored, and used by government, law enforcement, industry, and hackers.
Every IoT “thing”, including robots, sensors, surveillance cameras, and augmented reality, will also irradiate our homes and communities 24/7 with hazardous frequencies of pulsed microwave radiation.
Although government and industry promote the IoT as the panacea for all ills, the IoT itself, creates a plethora of problems. This website delineates nine ways that 5G and the IoT will cause serious harms to humans, wildlife, and our Earth. There are many more than nine, but these will hopefully be covered in future blog posts. After exploring this website and conducting further research, you may decide the hoped for, and hyped about, benefits of the IoT do not outweigh the very serious harms, and you may choose to not buy into the IoT, both figuratively and literally.