My pondering after hearing #NPR’s report :
In this report of infrastructure, which while it was interesting certainly, still I find it curious that there is not more discussion on a type of infrastructure that would be significantly more helpful towards the environment than, for example, railways or roadways. That type of infrastructure is technology.
Although these days there is certainly a greater utilizing of technology instead of fossil fuels than in prior years, still there could be a great deal more use. However technology, at this point, does not yet appear to be considered as an actual infrastructure, which is odd.
The infrastructure that technology brings would greatly benefit the environment and people. And since technology doesn’t appear to be being discussed as an actual viable infrastructure, I guess I’ll write about it a bit.
Currently many employers consider tele-employment as an occasional “perk,” which is an incorrect and limiting perspective. Or employers abuse virtual employment by assuming that since a staff is being “allowed” to tele-work that they should then be available twenty-four hours a day. Thus tools and regulations need to be created to develop standards which would protect and support both workers and employers.
In addition to using less fossil fuels and contributing less to “greenhouse” gasses, technology as an infrastructure would greatly reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths. Aside of reducing travel-related stress, potentially significant time-savings could be realized as well, which could be quite helpful for families to have those extra few minutes to be able to be with one another.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) should be head-over-heels for more fully leveraging technology as an actual infrastructure for the prevention of spreading air-born diseases, for example.
With technology as an infrastructure, people could stay closer to home and smaller businesses are likely to develop which could benefit the local community both economically and socially. Residents could become more interested and involved in their local communities since they spend more time there.
With tele-employment there would be a significant reduction for employers by way of lessening overhead costs and environmental impacts as from utilities typically used at “brick and mortar” structures.
The current employment system actually uses twice as much energy as tele-work would. For example, electricity and heating/cooling systems run both at the home and at the workplace.
Another benefit is that more land and resources would be preserved with the resultant decreased need to overtake the land with more and more construction of buildings and roads. Not to mention the ecological benefit that the/our Animal Kin would be able to keep more of their homes and lives as well.
There could be new commercial venues created that would assist in leveraging to the greatest positive impact of tele-employment and virtual presences. Aside of building and maintaining hardware and software technologies, there could be designers providing architectural services to help tele-workers establish “work only” spaces in their respective homes.
Certainly roads, railways, airplanes, ships and such are needed for the transportation of goods and supplies, however there are a great deal of benefits by regarding our technology as an actual infrastructure. When we will regard technology as an infrastructure, we will be a great help both for ourselves, our planet and all the/our Animal Kin here as well.
Thank you for reading and for your time. I hope all good for you and all yours.