Today, there are 7 billion people in the world, and at the end of 2018 there were 22 billion connected devices. From smartphones, wifi and laptops to 5G, voice recognition and virtual reality, our digital landscape is a vast and growing one. Technology has defined many pivotal moments in history and is both convenient and useful.
James Clerk Maxwell predicted existence of radio waves and set out basic laws of electromagnetism.
Christopher Latham Sholes invents modern typewriter and QWERTY keyboard.
First phone call made by Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.
Liquid crystals, the science behind the LCD dislay, are discovered.
The Turing Machine is proposed by Alan Turing, becoming the foundation for all computers.
Mouse invented by Douglas Engelbart,consisting of wooden shell, circuit board and two metal wheels.
First computer-aided design programme, Sketchpad, is created.
Motorola become first company to develop handheld phone, the DynaTAC 8000X.
Ethernet invented at Xerox PARC, connecting computers together.
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs launch Apple 1, one of the world’s first personal home computers.
1G is developed in Japan, the first automatic cellular network.
HP creates a touchscreen computer, the HP-150.
Apple launch Machintosh computer with graphical user interface.
Microsoft releases own graphical user interface, Windows 1.
World Wide Web and its fundamental technologies – HTML, URL and HTTP – are invented.
First touchscreen phone, the Simon Personal Communicator, is launched by IBM and BellSouth.
Microsoft introduces first public web browser, Internet Explorer.
Wi-Fi first launched to consumers, and shortly after released for home use.
Google search engine founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, originally named “BackRub”.
Apple introduces iPhone, followed by iPad two years later.
WiFi is 4 times faster than when first introduced.
5G is launched, set to be 100 times faster than 4G and 600 times faster than 3G.
Growing in both popularity and usage, devices are vital to our way of life. In 2020 we experienced so many changes to the way we live, work and learn and we are undoubtedly digitally dependent. The average person spends 24 hours per week on a smartphone alone. But how many people are aware that their wireless devices emit radiation, also known as electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs).
The advice from Public Health England is very clear. The current exposure is well within the internationally agreed levels published in the ICNIRP Guidelines and as such there should be no consequences for public health.
The ICNIRP Guidelines include safety standards for what is known as the thermal heating effect. The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) standards are a measure of the rate of RF (radiofrequency) energy absorption by the body from the source being measured – in this case, a mobile phone. SAR provides a straightforward means for measuring the RF exposure characteristics of cell phones to ensure that they are within the safety guidelines set.
But in 2011 the WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer1, associated with wireless phone use.
Studies have been conducted for many years and are still ongoing to better understand EMFs and any possible health effects. Some experts are calling for change to safety standards and for precautions to be taken. For example 255 scientists from 44 countries are appealing to the UN to consider potential biological impact of telecommunications technology.
In light of this classification some people are concerned.
One reason is just a question of timing. Most of the devices we use today, such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, weren’t invented that long ago and so long-term exposure studies have not been completed. What we do know though, is that children absorb more radiation than adults..
Another reason is the question of non-thermal biological effects from exposure. Again there is official reassurance that there is no basis for concern. However some experts studying these effects have called for precaution.
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