Impacts of Digital Technology - Coggle Diagram
Impacts of Digital Technology
Our old technology is often sent to landfill because it has been replaced by a newer version. Most of them time the technology sent to landfills has built in obsolescence where it is planned to eventually break down so people would buy a new one such as iPhone's.
The major problem with e-waste is that the toxic chemicals such as lea, arsenic and cadmium can leach into the soil over time. Then as rain washes it away, rivers and water supplies can be contaminated.
As a result many developed countries have introduced strict regulation to prevent e-waste being dumped into landfill. To get around this some countries have been sending their e-wast to less developed countries where regulations aren't strict.
The plastic, glass, precious metals, rare minerals, steel, and copper had to be dug up as raw material. This raw material was then processed,refined, transported, and shaped into each component.
This material gets thrown away when it would be better to re-use as much as possible.
When a device breaks and can't be fixed is when we can recycle the material and minimize the waste by salvaging as many components as possible and breaking down the rest.
A lot of electricity is used to run billions of computers around the world. With an high amount of people using tablets and mobile phones there is a higher daily electricity use by the average person.
Electricity produces greenhouse gases because of the way it is generated. New technology however allows us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating more environmentally-friendly sources such as wind and solar.
Technology can reduce energy use by:
Solar panels reduce amount of energy from national grid.
Energy monitoring displays to help staff know what is using up power.
Mnay modern buildings have computer controlled systems in place that reduce the amount of energy they use.
Low energy LED lighting controls.