• Kristina Smith

5G is here – the benefits are clear, but at a cost to our health ?

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

Technology is advancing and I praise the opportunities and the choices we can make in shaping our lives: creating businesses, working from any location in the world, achieving the optimal work-life balance, taking up hobbies and a healthier lifestyle, being creative...

Driverless cars are here. They can take us in the fastest possible time to anywhere we want to go without the need for each household to have its own vehicle.

A patient in a remote village in India with no healthcare in sight can be operated on by a machine controlled by a doctor in Mumbai.

This is the stuff of science fiction, right?

5G is here. It will substantially increase the speed of data transmission over mobile telephone networks, from a thousand times faster to up to a million times faster than the speeds of today. Leapfrogging data transition devices will be connected in an unprecedented way: the number of connected devices alone is projected to increase three-fold, from 25 billion in 2019 to 75 billion in 2025. Each device will host sensors and algorithms in a much more connected way.

Now each G was called a “killer app” for a particular reason: connecting a hand-held device to the internet; the ability to watch video on the move. 5G has “killer” status for many reasons, and mainly for connectivity and what that will evolve.

Pause for a moment. This all sounds great, but is there a price to pay? Yes, I believe our health and rights to our privacy are up for grabs here, and these are basic and very important human rights!

There is no real research conducted to study the effects of radiation from 4G and 5G exposure from home devices or masts.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) concluded in reports released in November 2018 that there is clear evidence that male rats exposed to high levels of radio-frequency radiation (RFR), like that used in 2G and 3G cell phones, developed cancerous tumours.

In July 2019, 248 scientists across 42 nations signed a petition (initiated by concerns in 2015, and now resubmitted) urging us to protect nature and humankind from Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF), calling this a global crisis. This appeal to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) requesting that the UNEP reassess the potential biological impacts of next-generation 4G and 5G telecommunication technologies on plants, animals and humans.

This is their powerful statement:

“In addition to the technological advancements that have been transforming the electrical power and telecommunications industry over the last few decades, we are now witnessing a new infrastructure deployment – 5th generation (5G) wireless broadband, and the Internet of Things – that promises to establish a globally connected world. Some parts of 5G will operate at much higher frequencies than before, into the millimetre range. This new infrastructure will be transmitting through the environment with a multitude of low powered micro-sensors (emitters and sensors).

There is scientific evidence to cause concern among independent scientists, that this new infrastructure, on top of existing electrical and wireless infrastructures, will cause more harm to mankind and nature. People who suffer from electrical sensitivity are facing the reality that they may have no place to go that is free from EMF hazards.

New U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, issued in June 2017, realize that “the human rights of all” are an important aspect to achieving the U.N’s Sustainable Development Goals. These principles hold that business and investment do not come at the cost of human rights, based on the three pillars of “Protect, Respect and Remedy”. The current practice of deploying new technologies, without first completing an investigation to ensure there is no possible harm, violates these principles.

In January 2019, over 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries sent a letter to officials of the European Union demanding a moratorium on 5G coverage in Europe until potential hazards for human health have been fully investigated.

In April 2019, the city of Brussels in Belgium blocked a 5G trial because of radiation laws, in Geneva, Switzerland, a planned upgrade to 5G was stopped for the same reason.

5G communication will be transmitting on microwave frequencies from 2.6 Ghz to 28 Ghz, compared to 700-2500 Mhz typically used by 4G, requiring a more dense network with larger numbers of cells to cover just a few hundred meters. Street furniture such as lamp posts and bus stops will be populated. Some argue it is the “sandwich” effect of all devices and transmitters that could harm us. Imagine a block of flats with many mini-masts, WIFI's and numerous devices, light bulbs, smart meters... this could be an assault on our bodies, with children and developing foetuses particularly vulnerable.

There is more... and it’s truly the stuff of science fiction! Who hasn’t seen the Terminator multiple times? What about the rise of the HomAI Sapiens?

I mentioned the speed at which 5G will connect. Neurons in the human brain facilitate a signal speed of about 120 meters per second. Electronic processes, on the other hand, can do so at the speed of light, or 300 million meters per second. So during the milliseconds or seconds that our thoughts need to arise, ‘HomAI Sapiens’ will be able to review all the possible options multiple times while evaluating their impact across many fields. Imagine winning a chess match against this...

Our awareness is limited to the capacity of an average person to concentrate on certain aspects of our world. HomAI Sapiens, instead, through multiple channels and many algorithms, will have a much broader level of awareness. Will this bring order at a higher level and make decisions, for example, on how to reduce inequality? In the current climate, politics creates different groups and labels that divide us. How are we going to come together and deal with inequality? Inequality and the polarising of groups of people creates chaos and disorder. Kindness is free and so underestimated.... Out of this chaos some say will emerge algorithms and order... but maybe to our demise!

I am keeping a very determined and informed eye on all of this, and we do need our elected and appointed representatives to be fully accountable for finding out what the implications are.

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