Screwing ourselves with tech …..

I don’t have a smart meter, I refuse it and its not a legal requirement; no mobile, no tablet or such gizmos other than this desktop 12yo machine. I’ve never texted, don’t know how to or have the neccesary device or patience and if you email I might respond next day or next week.  I couldn’t give a fck.

Lots of mention of data, big data and other such nonsense on bbc r4 lately, some breathlessly gushy and some grounded. I’d rather talk about the microbial activity in soil (and not with Gardeners Question Time a programme I find repulsive) or ancient cultures, climate change, history or where we are heading. But not data.

Still all the sheeple must  ‘be modern’ and heavens above if they ever lagged behind. And so electricity consumption is staggeringly high for all this tech. Even trashy things like ‘bitcoin’ consumes vast amounts in its nefarious operations, the Guardian telling us its CO2 footprint is equiv to 1 milion transatlantic flights per year (is that per person or per aircraft).

This man says it better than me  …. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/17/internet-climate-carbon-footprint-data-centres

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/17/bitcoin-electricity-usage-huge-climate-cryptocurrency

 

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