I have concerns when it comes to wireless radiation. As a technology contractor, I’m exposed to this form of radiation all the time; there are even times when I feel the damage being done – whether or not that’s just all inside my head, I cannot substantiate… but when I start to get headaches after spending hours surrounded by laptops and access points… I start to wonder.
Most of my contract work is done inside school districts. This adds another layer of concern, because the environment becomes more of a health-risk for everyone involved; especially with young developing minds that don’t have the skeletal & tissue structure to protect against all forms radiation. Let’s add another layer upon this picture and start handing out laptops to all the individual students as well (in another post I will detail my thoughts about these 1:1 laptop programs). Online there’s a growing voice behind not allowing Wi-Fi inside of school districts; Teacher Unions all over the world are speaking out about the dangers of Wi-Fi. Even a class of students from Denmark presented a science experiment which finds that plants won’t grow near Wi-Fi routers signals.
I cannot definitively say that Wi-Fi is either safe or that it is harmful; I have not come to that conclusion as of yet. Though, that doesn’t mean I don’t have my concerns, because I surely do. Similar to the link above about the Denmark students and their science experiment, the featured image for this article is of poinsettias that were given to me by the staff of the school which I work for. The poinsettias are what triggered this post. I’ve had these flowers on my desk for the past 2 days and the leaves nearest my laptop are starting to wilt. I sat there and wondered if my wireless antenna was causing the wilt?
This general question about the safety of wireless technologies has been going through my head for awhile now. It somewhat relates to my previous post about a Thoreauvian way-of-life, and getting myself away from the mess we’re potentially creating for our future selves and for our children alike.
And since I am the technology department for this school district, is it not my responsibility to insure the safety for our children when it comes to issues like this? Maybe I should collect all the scientific studies I can find and present the information to the school board; to inform the community that there’s a potential health risk involved? Is this another corporate buy-out on a scientific issue; similar to GMOs, climate change, geoengineering, vaccinations (I’ll save these topics for another day)… If we look a little further back, what ever happened to doctors recommending cigarettes?
I will let Carl Sagan finish this thought by explaining why we should be concerned about new emerging technologies. For instance, cell-phones have not been around for any generation’s lifetime. How do we know that these technologies won’t cause any long-term damages; similar to that of GMOs?