CSE4317 Individual Presentation Topics
Environmental and Health Concerns [Bowyer, Chapter 9]
- Video monitor dumping. Massachusetts has become the first state
to ban dumping of video monitors. State officials are trying to prevent a
potential toxic situation, caused from computers and monitors and
televisions. Report on the environment and health dangers posed by
discarded video monitors and what is being done to prevent these dangers.
- Cell phone health risks. The proliferation of cellular phones
has revived concerns about the health risks of electromagnetic fields
emitted from the phones while next to your head. Report on the evidence
for and against the health dangers of cellular phone use and measures
underway to avoid these dangers.
- Injuries related to computer use. Carpal-tunnel syndrome and
eye strain are but two of many disorders now attributed to computer use in
the workplace. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that the
computer-related workers' compensation claims are costing more than $100
million per year. Report on the various types of computer-related
injuries, their legitimacy, their treatment, and how the courts view the
responsibility of the employer in these cases.
- Computer models of global warming. The news is replete with
stories of how computer models predict the advent and catastrophic effects
of global warming. However, critics of global warming argue that many such
models are based on unreasonable assumptions. Report on all sides of the
global warming issue and the role played by responsible and irresponsible
- Conservation in the computer industry. In its 1995 sector
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites a number of risks to the
environment posed by the electronics and computer industry. Report on these
risks and what the computer industry is doing to address these risks in
terms of conservation, product design, and manufacturing processes.
- Nanotechnology. The fast-growing field of nanotechnology
promises radical improvements in our life and health due to the ability to
create machines on a nanometer scale. Such machines could be used within
our bodies to fight disease and repair damage at the cellular level.
However, the potential risks, both accidental and intentional, are equally
daunting. Report on the current state of nanotechnology along with the
potential benefits and ethical concerns.