The internet is a place where a small bit of factual information can be twisted by emotions and exaggerations creating many websites full of misinformation and mythical stories.
I recently asked what do you hate most about technology. I received some great feedback on that question through social media and online forums. I heard many concerns that world of social media is full of cute memes of oversimplified philosophy and famous quotes that can't be referenced. I share the concerns that many people raised in their comments. I will continue to push forward at the Guru42 Universe to cut through all the hype of the various fanboys, and search for the truth.
I have been immersed into my passion of Geek History in recent months, looking for information, and visiting various online forums. Much of what is posted on blogs and forums is often more myth than substance. In a recent post on this blog we discussed our goal at Geek History to expose the myths and misinformation behind urban legends.
Geek History has been an ongoing journey where the more information I find, the more I want to know. The "who invented what" questions get a bit silly at times. People argue over who gets credit for inventing something, who is smarter, who should be called the father of his industry. Very often one or two people get all the glory for the work of many. I look at the evolution of the technology and the inventions and appreciate the many inventors and their accomplishments.
It concerns me when questions are raised whether there any possible health effects of your wireless home network, and they are promptly answered, "No, not at all, it's not possible."
I have seen questions asked on various websites regarding health issues due to EMF radiation, and quickly the questions are dismissed as silly. What concerns me is that the potential issues are quickly dismissed by people who are not health care researchers. The average computer user is happy to hear the answer that tells them exactly what they want to hear, they don't need to worry about it, no possible problems.
I don't mean to be an alarmist, or a doom and gloom sayer, but anyone who says there are absolutely no possible health effects of Wi-Fi and other types of wireless network is simply putting their head in the sand. How can anyone say "No, not at all, it's not possible," when research raises concerns to the contrary?
Before you throw your wireless network out the window in fear of losing your hair, let me take a minute for some geek speak in simple terms.
Wireless networks produce EMF (electromagnetic fields), technically speaking, EMF is a from of radiation. Typically when someone uses the word radiation they are discussing something like x-rays, a form of high-frequency electromagnetic radiation. Medical professionals agree that diagnostic x-rays increase the risk of developmental problems and cancer in those exposed to them, and that their use should be limited. But there is much debate, and no consensus, on the long term health effects of radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMFs).