Event Details

  • When: Monday, 29 April 2019
  • TIme: 8.00pm

    Where: Ruskin Hall, Emerson College, Forest Row

    Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)

TALK: 5G: CAUSE FOR CONCERN

TALK: 5G: CAUSE FOR CONCERN

Jeremy Naydler discusses the reality of 5G and what, if anything, we can do to alleviate the impact of the ongoing technological revolution.

In 2017 the UK Government published its strategy for the introduction of the next generation of wireless interconnectivity, referred to as 5G or “fifth generation”. Unlike previous generations of mobile networks, 5G is not just about enhancing existing technologies through faster connections and bigger data transfer capacity. It will require the constant irradiation of the Earth, both at ground level and from satellites in space, with Extremely High Frequency electromagnetic radiation. This new radiation blanket will be part of a co-ordinated global effort to establish an “electronic ecosystem”, planetary in extent, which will support the growth of artificial intelligence systems and the Internet of Things, in order to create a so-called “smart planet”. In this talk, Jeremy Naydler will present reasons why we should be concerned and what, if anything, we can do to alleviate the impact of the ongoing technological revolution.

Emerson College presents this talk in memory of the late Annette Armstrong, who was a passionate campaigner for people to wake up to the reality that 5G is going to bring to us.

About the speaker:

Jeremy Naydler, Ph.D., is a philosopher, cultural historian and gardener who lives and works in Oxford, England. He has long been interested in the history of consciousness and also deeply concerned about the impact of electronic technologies on our inner life and on our relationship to nature. His most recent book, In the Shadow of the Machine: the Prehistory of the Computer and the Evolution of Consciousness, is published by Temple Lodge (2018).