50 Billion Network Devices? Like, Gag me with a spoon

Cisco says, “By 2020, 50 billion network devices will roam the earth – that’s seven devices per person.” What’s wrong with this picture?

Yo, Cisco, are you aware that at least a billion and a half of the people projected to be on the planet in 2020 won’t have electricity? So perhaps that’s nine or ten electricity-sucking devices full of toxic compounds per person – nine or ten for every octogenarian, vegetarian, and baby – in the electricity-privileged world. And just what happens when those devices break? What do you propose to do with the billions of pounds of toxic trash? Just to power these 50 billion devices we’re ravaging the earth to find more fossil fuels. 50 billion network devices roaming the earth is not cause for celebration – it’s cause for shame. For a company that prides itself on networking, you could do a little better job of connecting the dots.

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2 Responses to 50 Billion Network Devices? Like, Gag me with a spoon

  1. Vassilis says:

    To be honest, I think it was ericsson that actually predicted that there will be 50 billion connected devices by year 2020.
    Also, I do not know the exact formula that it was used to calculate the number of devices per person but the phrase “50 billion connected devices” does not necessary mean that these connected devices will all have to belong to “persons”. A large percentage will belong to infrastructure and in general this can be quite complex to analyze here but looking at how things evolve it is not unrealistic.
    On the other hand, I agree that all the companies that are involved in such projects should pay attention to “nature” and they should do whatever they can to not only minimize the associated hazards but eliminate.

  2. carolbaroudi says:

    Ericsson may have done the research, but it’s the Cisco ad that’s talking about 50 billion devices “roaming the earth”. Look in the closet or the closets of your friends. Already we’re accumulating “obsolete” devices. We don’t have appropriate infrastructure to reclaim and reuse our electronics castoffs and the creation of demand doesn’t include the concept of “enough”.

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