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The impact of ICT on the environment

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The impact of ICT on the environment The introduction of ICT promised many things including a paperless office and a global society. In this report I will be discussing whether these goals, and others, are achievable. In the late 70's IT promised people more free time due to the expansion of IT in society. It promised 20 hour weeks and the need for the leisure industry to expand due to the more hours available to working people. Now in the year 2002 looking at what was said this has not completely happened. Many people dream of 20 hour weeks but most are working more than they ever had before. The leisure industry has expanded though this seems to mostly be due to the need to relax more than people have got too much time on their hand. Automation has taken over some of the jobs that used to be done by humans. Robots and machines can now be used in factories producing clothes and cars therefore decreasing the need for unskilled workers making it more and more difficult for people with no formal qualifications to find good paying employment. ...read more.

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Some people see cloning as a huge technological advance that could help people that are seriously ill. If someone needs an organ transplant it will eventually become possible to use an organ that has been cloned. Some people see cloning as unethical and unnecessary and it has caused many debates in today's society. There isn't really a way to overcome the disagreements surrounding cloning, all that can be done is for scientists to speak to and understand the protestors point of view and vica-versa. Maybe in the future there will be a way for them to come to a compromise but for the time being people need to be educated about both sides so that they can develop their own opinion. One way that ICT is helping to improve the environment is teleworking. If people are working from home they are not going to need to travel to work using a car or public transport therefore reducing the amount of cars on the road and therefore reducing the amount of pollution released from car exhausts. Teleworking is eliminating trips between sites whether them sites are fixed, mobile or from client sites. ...read more.

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Also the people that set up the website should use encryption to prevent any unauthorised access to the details when they are being passed through the Internet. Viruses can also be passed through the Internet; this is usually in the form of an attachment on an email. Viruses can do serious damage to computers; they can delete information or prevent software from functioning. In order to prevent viruses for being downloaded onto computers, people should only open attachments from people that they know and trust. Though if you do this viruses can still get through, so regular virus checks are necessary in order to find them and delete them from your computer. Overall ICT has had a positive impact on the environment and the way live. New technology is always appearing helping to make our lives easier and safer. If I were to write this report again in 10 years time there would be many more technological advances to discuss and the chances are some of them would be even more controversial. ICT is something that we have to live with, we can't get away from it, so the chance should be taken to make the most of the opportunity and enjoy being part of an ever-changing revolution. Sources of information www.greenpeace.org www.orange-today.co.uk www.flexibility.co.uk www.oecdobserver.org www.work-global.com ...read more.

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