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The cycle of the couch p
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Life-cycle energy usage of 1 smartphone
with a 3yr life span:
a compact fluorescent
hours a day
9 and 1/2 months
Energy equivalent for 1 smartphone life-cycle
Rare Earth Minerals
atomic numbers 57 through 71
Copper mining: what it leaves behind
Greenhouse Gas Impact Potential (GWP) of a smartphone Life-Cycle
Ercan, E. M. 2013. Global Warming Potential of a Smartphone - Using Life Cycle Analysis Methodology. Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
US Political Contributions from the Electronics Industry
Casting a wide lobbying net:
homeland security bills
measures dealing with consumer rights online
global human rights
internet tax bills
law enforcement data storage bills
Just how hard is this extraction process?
We're already planning to look off planet for this mining.
“...our technologies can be considered geological artifacts that are carved out of the earth and produced by a planetary scaled factory. Supply chains are so huge in scale that they almost become invisible."
Liam Young, co-head of The Unknown Fields Division.
What is this?
“Terms like the 'cloud', or 'MacBook air' imply that our gadgets are just ephemeral objects
- and this is the story we all want to believe."
Liam Young, co-head of The Unknown Fields Division, a self-declared "nomadic design studio" whose aim is to reflect the shadows luxury products cast across the planet.
The effect of home electronic gadgetry on people and the environment.
The cycle of the couch potato
Substantial Digestive Issues
Abnormal Bone Density
Consumption conveyor belt
2.21 Billion Ton Annually
In the seas... BIOACCUMULATION
Keeping up with Moore's Law
Stress associated with the personal use of smart phones, rather than work.
27% of crashes (1.6 million) involve talking on handheld and hands-free cell phones or texting while driving.
Shorter Attention Spans
Decrease in attention span linked to an increase in average daily exposure to screens.
On The Rise
Children are no longer active
The Cloud... What's the verdict?
Does this tell the whole story?
Energy equivalent for one couch potato's life-long smartphone usage
Average age of first cell phone in Canada:
Average life-expectancy in Canada:
Average duration of cell phone usage in Canada:
At an average rate of 1 phone every 3 years, the average Canadian will consume 22 phones in his/her lifetime.
The energy required for the manufacturing of 1 car.
Energy equivalent for our class' life-long smartphone usage
Energy equivalent for our class' life-long electronics usage
Energy Life-Cycle Analysis of a Smartphone
Potential Short Term Solutions:
55 - 121
What are the motives?
How many production steps?
How much does a microchip weigh?
Physical waste: 26kg
"Neutralized" water: 32kg
E-waste chemicals in your blood
From intermediaries alone!
0.9kg of copper in computer
281kg of waste rock
...just in the extraction phase
...not accounting for manufacturing waste
Social Injustice: Bioaccumulation in Canada
Increasing manufacturing complexity
Increasing processing speeds
a. A sheep
c. A radioactive dog
...and associated strategies
What is this?
On Land... gigantic dumpsites
E-Waste Exporting &
The Negative Externalities
Health issues at e-waste dumpsites
Impacts on the consumer
Making you feel like you want it all...
"Though industry revenues are experiencing slower-than-average growth, the industry’s top advertisers are focusing their marketing dollars on big-budget campaigns for their fastest-growing products: tablets, smartphones and other 'smart' devices."
$2.83 billion in advertising spent in 2012.
Decrease in Empathy Levels
Perturbed sleep cycle
College students empathy levels 40% lower than 20 years ago.
Artificial light from screens suppress the release of melatonin, a sleep inducing hormone.
... despite the fact that 91% of Canadian students have regular access to playing fields.
85.9% of Northern Aboriginal communities show signs of mercury poisoning.
2008: $138 million spent on lobbying by the electronics industry.
--> Interfering with politics to ensure more profits in the industry.
Children who are able to delay gratification have been shown to do better in life.
Bayan Obo mine
1 data center = enough electricity to power 180,000 homes
50% more energy used to move bytes around...
...than to move planes in global aviation.
Children 40 years ago ran a mile 90secs faster than today...