13 July 2016
From the current e-waste mountains of old computers, printers, games consoles and mobile phones, the tech trash mountains of the future are set to be built of a whole new generation of technology products thanks in no small part to the advent of ‘The Internet of Things’ - the network of physical objects enabling the collection and exchange of data, along with the rise of robotic technology and the like. From morphing office furniture that adapts to your shape and rearranges itself on demand, to robot vacuum cleaners, automated pets and robot butlers, the growth of e-waste will pose an even greater challenge to deal with. By 2017, the annual amount of e-waste produced around the globe is predicted to reach 65.4 million tonnes, which is roughly 20% of the weight of all the people living on the planet.
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay
Whilst still just a prototype, robot furniture that assembles itself and moves around the house may be available in the marketplace within 20 years. These ‘roombots’ are designed to fit together like LEGO bricks to form structures that self-assemble and morph into different shapes. More than a futuristic novelty, furniture that adapts will offer many benefits to the elderly or disabled, and in assisted living environments for example, where the furniture actually interacts with people. Of course we’ll all have to get used to the idea first…
“Modern technology owes ecology an apology.” The Fresh Quotes
As technology grows and evolves, there will inevitably be millions of new devices that will need to be updated and kept safe from hackers, so the importance of responsible computer recycling and data destruction has never been more vital, if you want to play your part in reducing the size of the potentially health-harming e-waste mountain, as well as keeping your data secure. So if your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete computers and technology products both today and in the future, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration. It’s also important to be aware that companies are now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998. Be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.