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Innovation and Emerging Technologies - Mobile Phones - Social and Environmental Impacts

A Case Study Overview for Stage 4 Tech Mandatory Outcome 4.4.1 on Mobile Phones

Sara Gamsaragan

on 4 September 2013

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Transcript of Innovation and Emerging Technologies - Mobile Phones - Social and Environmental Impacts

Introduction of a Revolutionary Innovation!
The first mobile phones came out in the mid to late 1980s costing around $5000.
They were either:
Car phones complete with a coiled cord,

“Lunch boxes”, phones attached to power packs that weighed about 5kg, or later,

“Bricks” named for their appearance and weight of 1kg.

Talk time was limited to 1 hour and email, internet, gaming and photography capabilities were unheard of.
The Car Phone
The Lunch Box
The Brick
Progression of Innovation
Early 90s - Cost was around $1500
Late 90s - There were 7.5 million mobile phones being used in Australia.

The lowering cost of this innovation was a huge factor in its success.

Yr 2000- The wireless access protocol was introduced and the analogue network was replaced with the digital Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology.

In simple terms this gave users the ability to have internet on their mobiles!
Progression of Innovation
In the last 15 years, the size of mobile phones has reduced by 90% and today as we know, companies offer free phones with free talk time and free texts as well as other benefits that cater for individual needs.
The Evolution of the Mobile Phone
Social Implications and Ethical Issues
Early models- Ringing and loud talking on the phone in public annoyed consumers.
Texting reduced this significantly - much quieter option for communicating.
Specific facts can be communicated - no chance of forgetting the information.
On the other hand the receiver can interpret the meaning of the message incorrectly - No tone of voice.
The development of facial expressions using symbols such as semi colons and brackets can help get across sarcasm and other emotions.
:-) :-( ;-) :-o ;-p
Social Implications and Ethical Issues
It is now a social norm in Australia to have a mobile.
Once upon a time people would chat to each other at a bus stop. Now we are developing a generation with no face to face social skills.
Have you ever sat next to someone on a train or bus and put your ear phones in to avoid the possibility of them talking to you?
Social Implications and Ethical Issues
Think about these points:
Is it ok to have an important conversation interrupted by a friend answering their mobile phone or getting a text, then reading and replying to it while you are still talking?
Is it ok to answer your phone and have a conversation or text to someone while you are out for dinner at a restaurant with people?
Social Implications and Ethical Issues
Before mobile phones, if you were out of the home, callers would leave a message on the answering machine. Now every mobile phone call is so important that it can’t wait until you get home, it has to interrupt what you are doing at the time no matter what.


Are phone calls really more urgent and important than they were back in the 70s and 80s before mobiles?
Or have we just decided that what the person on the phone has to say is more important than what the person in front of you is saying?
Environmental Impacts
Phones upgraded every 18-24 months.
The number of old phones will keep growing year after year, creating a growing problem for the environment.

They contain toxic heavy metals including lead, nickel, mercury, and copper.
They don't break down.

If these metals leak into the environment, in large quantities, they may leach into water or contaminate soil.

Metals build up in soil and they can then enter the food chain leading to health concerns.

Landfill is also not sustainable.
Dumping mobile phones creates long term pollution risk to the environment.

Is it ethical to keep making mobile phones obsolete (no longer wanted by society) every year when it can have disasterous impacts on the environment?
Individual Impacts
Individual Impacts
Positive Impacts on Individuals and Society
Mobile phones assist safety and traffic management.

Drivers using mobiles phones place 139,000 emergency calls every day.

A 1997 study in the New England Journal of Medicine said emergency response times have been shortened because of mobile calls, helping to save human lives.

Other research showed that drivers using cell phones are able to connect authorities about road hazards, traffic, or road rage and other problems.
Can you think of any other impacts mobile phones can have for the individual, society or the environment?

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Fun Facts
Innovation and Emerging Technologies - MOBILE PHONES

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