Piers Fawkes: For A Green Future, Electronics Need To Be Disposable
Consumers need to face up to their throw-away tech-habit and expect at-home recyclable materials in their gadgets.
During a talk given by Al Gore at a special PSFK event in New York, the former Vice President and Apple board member reminded the audience of Moore’s Law. The law, as many of you know, states that the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. What this means, Mr Gore pointed out, is that technology changes at such a rate that our iPads are more powerful than the “supercomputer” of the 1980s.
This tremendous advance means that our ‘consumer’ technology becomes obsolete quickly — at least in our minds. This year’s tech is considerably more powerful than last year’s and we consumers are prone to abandoning the old for the new while the electronics industry makes their products with materials that can last an eternity.