Why E- Recycling Is Important
E-waste is an ever expanding blight on the planet. The amazing array of innovative technologies we depend on for our day-to-day are taking a serious toll on the environment, through the extraction of rare metals and other resources, compounded by the excessive dumping of anything deemed broken or obsolete. The dumps are usually vast, toxic wastelands, with more e-waste arriving each and every day.
We haven’t had an e-waste article since early February, so I thought it was about time we looked at the global struggle to cope with the ever-growing mountains of discarded technology. E-waste is one of the single fastest growing global industries, spanning nearly all nations, encapsulating the flow of raw potential material from the West to the rest. We are at an impasse with the world’s e-waste production and the means for recycling.
Graphene in the Processing Arms Race
Last week we discussed the possibility of processing prediction Moore’s law coming to an end within the coming decades. Moore’s law states processing power will double, whilst the size of the processor will decrease in size each and every year. Some believe this already coming to an end, others believe we have some way to go yet. Either way, the cost of processor development is always growing – understandably, considering the power, size and years of R&D in every chip.
Processing Arms Race
The race to stay at the forefront of processing power has seen the biggest and best in the field fork out billions of dollars on sprawling design/manufacturing campuses located around the world. Processor designers are up against it. As our desires for technology to rapidly evolve, to be faster, smaller, stronger, better in every way ramp up, so must the design work behind the scenes.
Translating F1 to The Real World
I’m a huge F1 fan. I have been since I was very, very young, and I think unless something drastic ever happens, I will be forever. I remember being woken up by my Dad on a Sunday to watch races in Adelaide, Suzuka, Brazil and Argentina, and I remember the loss of my first hero, Aryton Senna, with a pain that still holds true today.
Still one of the fastest growing global markets, e-waste is an ongoing issue for consumers and those lumped with the clear-up, too. It is estimated only 25% of global e-waste is regularly collected, with residents in many countries simply unaware that schemes are available to help them dispose of their electronic goods. It can be done safely, securely and responsibly.
Nobel Prize for LED Developers Shows Global Importance
Last year the Nobel Prize for Physics went to Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano, from Nagoya University, Japan, and Shuji Nakamura, of UC Santa Barbara. Never heard of them? They don’t have the same prestige as previous winners such as Marie Curie or Albert Einstein, or even 2013 recipients François Englert and Peter W. Higgs, whose work at the Large Hadron Collider finally uncovered the supposed ‘god’ particle, the Higgs bosun.
The Dangers of Making Everything Smart
Or, ‘The issues we will surely be encountering on a wider-scale as more and more devices are brought online through increased embedded computing, higher quality measurable devices and the incremental advance of the Internet of Things’ – but that title isn’t quite as succinct.
Don’t Try This At Home – Seriously!
Hacking around a problem is universally accepted as a means to an end. It gets the job done. The results aren’t always pretty, but sometimes that really just doesn’t matter at all. We approve of it here at Hawkshead Designs.
Still, there are some items that the casual bodge-job-hack doesn’t equate well with. One of those items, at least in my mind, is a MacBook Pro. Nonetheless, a short story emerged last month regarding a heavy MacBook Pro user and a model notorious for overheating, regardless of the surface underneath.
And whilst putting the affected article in the oven seems counter-intuitive, this is exactly what happened.
There have been several interesting e-waste developments since our last article in early November and as ever, we strive to keep you updated with the global e-waste situation. Global e-waste is a massive economic driver if only by the sheer weight of potential raw material loss whilst simultaneously eroding the safety of the individuals having to trawl hazardous dumping grounds to locate potentially toxic, recyclable materials.