DISPOSAL

Computers have linked the world, but their debris spans the world as well.

INTENSIVE MANUFACTURING

COMPUTERS REQUIRE

Producing a single computer requires:

of fossil fuels

of chemicals

of water

LOW ENTROPY MATTER

First generation Intel Core i7 processor.

ENERGY

Digital technology is a product of cheap energy, power hungry production methods are inherent to its design.

As energy resources continue to fall, future cheap energy is not guaranteed.

CONVENTIONAL

MANUFACTURING

Megajoules consumed for 1Kg of finished product.

Producing semiconductors consumes

more energy than traditional goods.

SEMICONDUCTOR

MANUFACTURING

Megajoules consumed for 1Kg of finished microchips.

CHEMICALS

Thousands of different chemicals, many in high quantities, are used throughout the manufacturing process.

Most are extremely toxic, and new ones with unknown consequences are constantly developed.

ACETONE

Polishing of silicon wafers.

HYDROCHLORIC ACID

Photoelectrochemical etching.

ARSENIC

Increases semiconductor conductivity.

LEAD

Electroplated soldering.

ARSINE

Chemical vapor deposition.

METHYL CHLOROFORM

Washing.

BENZENE

Photoelectrochemical etching.

TOLUENE

Chemical vapor deposition.

CADMIUM

Creates a positive charge in silicon.

TRICHLOROETHYLENE

Washing.

LEGACY OF CONTAMINATION

Directly as a result of semiconductor production, Silicon Valley has the most toxic waste sites of any region in the entire USA. 

 

Other areas where there is a history of electronics manufacturing, such as Upstate New York, has a similar problem.

Every large electronics manufacturer that began operations before the 1970s has a toxic waste site in its history.

Toxic waste sites, Silicon Valley.

A typical semiconductor manufacturing facility consumes

This is equivalent to the consumption of

ONE SPECK OF DUST

Microchips are assembled in super clean rooms, a single dust particle would ruin it.

Facilities need advanced filtration and circulation systems, the air is up to 100,000 times more pure than a hospital operating room.

Workers wear bunny suits not for their protection, but for the protection of the chips against any particles from a human body.

A semiconductor clean room.

A GLOBAL PROCESS

The supply chain for computing devices makes up the most sophisticated and complex supply chain system in human history.

Raw resources and components are produced and shipped all around the planet before final assembly.

The global computer supply chain visualized.

SHEER VOLUME

Semiconductors are produced in numbers that dwarf other products. 

To function, a computer requires hundreds of components, including over 100 microchips.

INTERNET CONNECTED DEVICES IN BILLIONS

2015 - 2025

EXPLODING DEMAND

Any efficiency gains of digital technology will be absorbed by the growing footprint as the number of internet connected devices is expected to triple in the next 5 years.

COMPUTERS REQUIRE

INTENSIVE MANUFACTURING

CONSUMES LOADS OF ENERGY, CHEMICALS, AND WATER

THEY HAVE

SHORT LIFESPANS

AND THEIR

DEMAND IS INCREASING

THIS WILL CAUSE

MAJOR WASTE AND DESTRUCTION

THIS SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE REBOOTED -

The current computing model of take, make, and dispose needs to be reimagined.

This is critical if humanity is to survive and prosper into the future.

MANUFACTURING IS ONLY ONE PART OF THE PROBLEM

RESOURCES

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DISPOSAL

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