"More broadly, our overall economic system is currently predicated on unending growth. The IT industry has linked itself strongly to this ethos, with some particular manifestations being the constant need for novelty, the accompanying throw-away culture around consumer electronics, and the glorification of disruption for its own sake. Yet growth that requires evermore material resources cannot continue forever in a finite world."


There's a strange kind of mass delusion that goes by the name of, roughly, the "Green Information Economy".

Firstly, tell me that in The Dalles, Oregon, where a dam which used to run Alcoa's primary aluminium smelter now runs a Google data center.

Secondly, tell me that when there are rusting hulks of computers & servers piled as high as the eye can see, with no credible plan for recycling even the circuit boards, much less the components.

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