WHAT IS 5G?
5G refers to the “5th generation” wireless technology. Its intended purpose is to provide faster and higher capacity data transmissions to carry the massive amount of data that will be generated from the Internet of Things (IoT) and for faster video streaming. That said, no one is yet clear about how 5G will be achieved, so at present, it is being used more as a marketing term than a reality.
What is clear is that 5g will include the higher Millimeter Wave frequencies never before used for public Internet and communications technology. These waves do not travel easily through buildings so will require millions of new cell towers. The wireless telecom industry is aggressively seeking to outfit nearly every lamppost and utility post around the country with a wireless “small cell” antenna potentially beaming hazardous radiation next to, or into our homes, 24/7.
In light of the robust and ever growing independent science, showing adverse health effects from radiofrequency microwave radiation, the densification of our neighborhoods with 5G-infrastructure may prove to be a very ill-conceived idea.
WHAT IS THE INTERNET OF THINGS?
The Internet of Things (IoT), as being marketed and sold to the public, is a vision of wirelessly connecting every “thing” possible to the Internet – all machines, appliances, objects, and devices. In addition, the IoT will include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), robots, and “enhanced humans” (humans with some form of technology implanted or integrated into their biology to “enhance” human characteristics or capabilities). IoT sensors and surveillance cameras will pepper our communities as well. New cyber physical systems of the IoT will render all objects “smart” – i.e. connected to the Cloud – thus enabling pervasive machine-to-machine and machine-to-human communications.
Some of the IoT products currently being manufactured include driverless cars, clothing, toasters, coffee makers, even diapers, and pacifiers for babies will be made “smart”. There will be “smart” mattresses (with “infidelity detection systems”), “smart” toothbrushes to record and notify you how well you are brushing your teeth, WiFi connected pills to transmit data to your physician, and the IoT even “promises” sex-bots, bluetooth tampons, and baby pods mothers can insert to serenade their unborn baby. (Check out the Soraya video below)
Every IoT “thing”, including robots, sensors, surveillance cameras, and AR, will generate personal usage-data, which will be mined, stored, and can be used by government, law enforcement, and industry.
Every IoT “thing”, including robots, sensors, surveillance cameras, and AR, will also irradiate our homes and communities 24/7 with hazardous frequencies of pulsed microwave radiation.
Although government and industry promote the IoT as the panacea for all ills, the IoT itself, creates a plethora of problems. This website delineates nine ways that 5G and the IoT will cause serious harms to humans, wildlife, and our Earth. There are many more than eight but these will hopefully be discussed in future blog posts. After exploring this website and conducting further research, you may decide the hoped for benefits of the IoT do not outweigh the very serious harms and you may opt to not buy into the IoT, both figuratively and literally.
Please also read A 5G Wireless Future – Will It Give Us a Smart Nation or Contribute to an Unhealthy One? by Dr. Cindy Russell.
Eight ways 5G and the IoT will harm humans, the environment, and our Earth
- Health – The robust and growing independent science shows harms to our health from microwave radiation
- Privacy – The invasion of our privacy from the collection and mining of our digital data
- Cyber Security -The fast growing and devastating cyber security risks
- Environment – The harms to wildlife, particularly bees, butterflies and other pollinators
- Energy – The huge energy consumption to produce and power a wireless Internet of Things
- Brains and Humanity – The effects on our brains and humanity from humans increasingly inhabiting the cyber world
- E-Waste – The astronomical e-waste that will be generated from connecting virtually every “thing” to the Internet
- Conflict Minerals – 5G and the IoT will vastly grow our dependence on conflict minerals, which have brought about the death of close to 6 million people
- Ethics — Ethical issues arising from the IoT. New human rights laws are being being considered; how should humans relate to robots and AI? The blurring of what was once a clear delineation between technology and humans