the hum of technology

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I arrived in New York last night for ISWC. When I walked into my hotel room, I was confronted with a loud, high-pitched hum -- one that really would have kept me up all night. I was able to move to another room where the noise has a lower pitch and is slightly quieter, but it's still there.

Turns out the hum is residual noise from the parking garages and two large shopping malls that surround the hotel. If the electricity from these facilities creates noise that disturbs me on a conscious level, I wonder what the sub-conscious and cellular effects are... As someone who wants to put electronics all over the body, this really disturbs me.

I've checked the conference program, and no one is discussing the health considerations of wearable electronic or wireless devices. This disturbs me even more.

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My father refuses to wear digital wristwatches for fear that the electronics will interfere with his body's "internal energy field". This springs from his belief in New Agey spiritualism that I don't put much stock in myself, but often there is an element of truth in superstitions. It'd be interesting to hear of some scientific findings on whether the effects you mention are real, and if so, how extensive they are.

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