Winter 2021. People are dying of cold, and this is also technology

Reading the news makes you think about how people understand the word "technology", many familiar things seem so banal that they have not been revered for high technology for a long time. Winter in 2021 turned out to be snowy, cold, and in many countries of the world, thermometers update records. For the Russian ear, the night temperature of minus 23 degrees Celsius sounds like something familiar, we have seen real frosts. For Scotland, a night with such a temperature is a natural disaster, however, like sub-zero temperatures that have been established throughout Britain, the country is not ready for this. It seems to us that warmth in winter is a self-evident thing that all residents of Russia have a plus or minus. Perhaps we should thank the Soviet Union for this, which gave its inhabitants equal opportunities, brought electricity, water and heat to their homes. By no means in all, but in cities there has never been an acute problem that people freeze in winter. And this is also a technology that directly depends on the amount of available energy, the cheapness of this energy and the availability of developed infrastructure. People in Russia usually learn that the climate is negatively affecting the economy from some report that gives the cost of a barrel of oil and indicates that in Kuwait the weather conditions allow for a completely different cost.

A person has always faced adverse weather conditions, today we have created a more or less comfortable environment around us, which allows us to live even in the Far North. Until he traveled almost the whole world, he thought in absentia that access to heat, water and electricity exists everywhere on our planet, and some poor countries act as exceptions. When immersed in the life of various countries, the realization gradually came that the weather is one of the main enemies for many people, since they cannot survive certain cataclysms. For example, New York has a cold winter, but the summer is such that there is often nothing to breathe in the city. In poor areas, this becomes a huge problem, people literally die of heart attacks, many become disabled. In the 80s, the New York City Hall conducted research on how negative factors affect the workload of the healthcare system, what damage the city's economy causes in the summer heat. The conclusions were paradoxical, it turned out that it was easier to buy air conditioners for poor people than to face the need for their treatment, support and subsequent expenses for a funeral. Many could not accept this point of view, but programs were gradually launched to buy air conditioners for the poor, and the death rate from the heat began to decline.

Officially, the cause of death from heat stroke is rarely given, coroners prefer other causes, such as a heart attack. New York statistics show that the number of deaths from the heat is at least 10-15 times higher than according to official data. Look at the table, it turns out that seven deaths in 2017 easily turn into almost a hundred.

The officials are proud of the program to help the city's poor. To participate in it, your income must be small, you will literally be poor. See what poverty is like in New York. Many are stunned by the numbers, people try this income on their standard of living, including utility bills, food expenses, and it seems to them that in America people are mad with fat. Alas, their living expenses are much higher. In order to live more or less quietly in New York without frills, you need to earn per person from 200 thousand dollars a year, most of the money you will give to taxes, huddle in a small apartment far from the center, paying it at horse rates. And save money all the time!

Here is a table showing the poverty rate (read: poverty) for New York City.

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If you make $550-600 a week, you'll be a beggar in New York, you can't afford anything with that money. For such people, as well as those who have health problems or are over 65 years old, the city offers free air conditioning. Once every five years you can request help, the cost of an air conditioner is up to $ 800, including installation, there are various restrictions. Since the beginning of this program, mortality has declined, technology has allowed people to live longer.

We in Russia do not value basic things so much that we take them for granted. It seems to us that the technologies built by our fathers will be eternal and nothing can happen to them. Look at Ukraine, where the legacy of previous generations was gradually destroyed. Market regulation of prices for gas, electricity, lack of developed infrastructure - all this led to a sharp increase in the cost of utilities. At the beginning of 2020, utility costs for a family of three living in an apartment of 50 sq. meters were like that.

To evaluate the contribution of utility bills to expenses, you can see the average salary in each region of the country, for this I will give a link to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, look for this data here.

After simple calculations, it becomes clear that many people cannot spend money on heating their houses, as well as apartments, it is extremely expensive for them. It is possible that for this reason heating points are opened in Ukraine in winter, more than 5,000 of them are deployed throughout the country. For example, on January 20, 2021, more than 1,700 people used the services of such points.

Source: dsns.gov.ua

The economy can also be classified as a technology, because it is managers and officials who determine how people will live or die. The topic of Ukraine, for obvious reasons, is painful for everyone, so let's look at the situation with cold weather using the example of Britain. In absentia, it seems that in Britain, as well as in America, the rivers are filled with jelly and the problems look completely different than in our area.

The British some time ago introduced the term "fuel poverty", it can be translated into the forehead as "fuel poverty". This poverty is explained very simply: when homeowners (apartments or houses) are forced to spend more than 10% of their income on heating it to a comfortable temperature. The initial interpretation caused outrage in society, later it was changed to something else - heating costs that lead to poverty for homeowners, they face a choice between buying food and things or setting a comfortable temperature.

The word "comfort" in British realities sounds like a mockery, since in winter a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius in a residential area is considered comfortable, and 18 degrees in those rooms where people are not constantly staying. In 2005, the World Economic Forum even launched the EPA (Energy Poverty Action) initiative, which is designed to fight fuel poverty.

Official statistics in the UK show that 10% of all households cannot afford normal heating, in absolute numbers this is about 2.4-2.5 million houses and apartments.

Source: gov.uk, 2018 response

The number of people who live in such cramped conditions does not decrease year by year. Given climate change, we can say that their number will only grow. Estimates of the number of deaths from cold in the winter in the UK vary greatly, today it averages from 10 thousand deaths (in excess of statistically expected), in 2001, before the advent of assistance programs, their number was estimated at 50,000 people annually, for example, such figures can be found here in this work.

The numbers are shocking, but if you think they're far-fetched to the topic of technology, then here's a cherry for you to explain such a long introductory text. In the UK, a law is being considered that will allow companies that supply electricity to houses and apartments to turn it off arbitrarily and based on their need. This will require the replacement of electric meters with smart meters, which will be controlled remotely and will allow any house or apartment to be turned off at the request of the energy selling company. Including turning off heating systems, charging electric cars and everything else. The reason is banal: there is a growing shortage of electricity in the UK, and the spread of "clean" energy is too small. Moreover, the boom in electric cars creates an additional load, and therefore companies are forced to distribute energy in a way that does not create unnecessary load in a particular area.

The article describing this new reality is frightening with calculations and arguments about what needs to be done, read this text.

But another aspect of this problem surprises me. In the UK, where fuel poverty kills people every year, a law is being introduced that will stimulate an increase in deaths as the price of energy rises (this is already happening, and the process cannot be stopped, another tariff increase is planned in the spring). It is also worth considering that a global economic crisis is unfolding before our eyes, and it is of such a magnitude that all assistance programs will be reduced or completely curtailed. In the UK, people can receive subsidies for heating if the temperature was around zero degrees during the week. But this is small money, and it only helps, but does not correct the situation.

In my opinion, the state should provide equal conditions for everyone, including providing for the lives of its citizens, with subsidies to energy companies, and in other ways, but solve this problem. The example of Great Britain shows that the European way is to shift the problems onto the shoulders of people, they themselves must fight for their survival. And this is also a technology that will lead to a drop in the number of residents, including the elderly, who often cannot pay their heating bills. I do not want to speculate on this topic, but this does not look like an accidental mistake, but like a purposeful calculation.

Why is it important for us to know about these "technologies"? The answer is very simple and lies on the surface, we must not allow such European experience to be adopted in our country. There are no prerequisites that this will happen yet, but who knows what will happen tomorrow? Therefore, it makes sense to come up with mechanisms for how the inhabitants of Russia will be protected from such cataclysms and attempts to “optimize” energy consumption in the British way.

Unfortunately, the climate is changing, and very quickly, we are facing very difficult tests. To appreciate at least some of them, I advise you to pay attention to the book by David Wallace-Wells "Uninhabited Earth". Under one cover are collected scientists' forecasts and models of what is already happening and how it will affect the climate. A sobering read that changes the minds and attitudes of many people about how they live their daily lives. But many do not care, which is also logical.

Technologies should serve people and help us in life. There should not be smart meters that remotely turn off a house or apartment, allow us to freeze. This is bad technology that serves to harm. Create energy networks that can withstand the load, combine different energy sources, make efforts for this. But you can’t even step on the road when technology, albeit indirectly, allows you to manipulate people’s lives, save someone’s life, and literally kill someone. After all, in this case, killing is just pressing a button, and the excuse may be that the AI ​​algorithm turned off the houses of those who were already freezing and could not pay for energy. And the decision will be made not by a person, but by an algorithm, which means that there are no guilty ones. How do you like this world? I don't like it.

Unfortunately, we are advancing technology, but often not progressing in terms of our values ​​and what is possible in technology and what can never be allowed. And this is the biggest flaw in our understanding of technology, we have directors and presidents in charge of sales, marketing, PR, but no people in charge of the ethics of products and their impact on people's lives and the planet. It's time to get them.

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Winter 2021. People are dying of cold, and this is also technology

Reading the news makes you think about how people understand the word "technology", many familiar things seem so banal that they have not been revered for high technology for a long time. Winter in 2021 turned out to be snowy, cold, and in many countries of the world, thermometers update records. For the Russian ear, the night temperature of minus 23 degrees Celsius sounds like something familiar, we have seen real frosts. For Scotland, a night with such a temperature is a natural disaster, however, like sub-zero temperatures that have been established throughout Britain, the country is not ready for this. It seems to us that warmth in winter is a self-evident thing that all residents of Russia have a plus or minus. Perhaps we should thank the Soviet Union for this, which gave its inhabitants equal opportunities, brought electricity, water and heat to their homes. By no means in all, but in cities there has never been an acute problem that people freeze in winter.And this is also a technology that directly depends on the amount of available energy, the cheapness of this energy and the availability of developed infrastructure. People in Russia usually learn that the climate is negatively affecting the economy from some report that gives the cost of a barrel of oil and indicates that in Kuwait the weather conditions allow for a completely different cost.

A person has always faced adverse weather conditions, today we have created a more or less comfortable environment around us, which allows us to live even in the Far North. Until he traveled almost the whole world, he thought in absentia that access to heat, water and electricity exists everywhere on our planet, and some poor countries act as exceptions. When immersed in the life of various countries, the realization gradually came that the weather is one of the main enemies for many people, since they cannot survive certain cataclysms. For example, New York has a cold winter, but the summer is such that there is often nothing to breathe in the city. In poor areas, this becomes a huge problem, people literally die of heart attacks, many become disabled. In the 80s, the New York City Hall conducted research on how negative factors affect the workload of the healthcare system, what damage the city's economy causes in the summer heat. The conclusions were paradoxical, it turned out that it was easier to buy air conditioners for poor people than to face the need for their treatment, support and subsequent expenses for a funeral. Many could not accept this point of view, but programs were gradually launched to buy air conditioners for the poor, and the death rate from the heat began to decline.

Officially, the cause of death from heat stroke is rarely given, coroners prefer other causes, such as a heart attack. New York statistics show that the number of deaths from the heat is at least 10-15 times higher than according to official data. Look at the table, it turns out that seven deaths in 2017 easily turn into almost a hundred.

The officials are proud of the program to help the city's poor. To participate in it, your income must be small, you will literally be poor. See what poverty is like in New York. Many are stunned by the numbers, people try this income on their standard of living, including utility bills, food expenses, and it seems to them that in America people are mad with fat. Alas, their living expenses are much higher. In order to live more or less quietly in New York without frills, you need to earn per person from 200 thousand dollars a year, most of the money you will give to taxes, huddle in a small apartment far from the center, paying it at horse rates. And save money all the time!

Here is a table showing the poverty rate (read: poverty) for New York City.

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If you make $550-600 a week, you'll be a beggar in New York, you can't afford anything with that money. For such people, as well as those who have health problems or are over 65 years old, the city offers free air conditioning. Once every five years, you can request help, the cost of an air conditioner is up to $ 800, including installation, there are various restrictions. Since the beginning of this program, mortality has declined, technology has allowed people to live longer.

We in Russia do not value basic things so much that we take them for granted. It seems to us that the technologies built by our fathers will be eternal and nothing can happen to them. Look at Ukraine, where the legacy of previous generations was gradually destroyed. Market regulation of prices for gas, electricity, lack of developed infrastructure - all this led to a sharp increase in the cost of utilities. At the beginning of 2020, utility costs for a family of three living in an apartment of 50 sq. meters were like that.

To evaluate the contribution of utility bills to expenses, you can see the average salary in each region of the country, for this I will give a link to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, look for this data here.

After simple calculations, it becomes clear that many people cannot spend money on heating their houses, as well as apartments, it is extremely expensive for them. It is possible that for this reason heating points are opened in Ukraine in winter, more than 5,000 of them are deployed throughout the country. For example, on January 20, 2021, more than 1,700 people used the services of such points.

Source: dsns.gov.ua

The economy can also be classified as a technology, because it is managers and officials who determine how people will live or die. The topic of Ukraine, for obvious reasons, is painful for everyone, so let's look at the situation with cold weather using the example of Britain. In absentia, it seems that in Britain, as well as in America, the rivers are filled with jelly and the problems look completely different than in our area.

The British some time ago introduced the term "fuel poverty", it can be translated into the forehead as "fuel poverty". This poverty is explained very simply: when homeowners (apartments or houses) are forced to spend more than 10% of their income on heating it to a comfortable temperature. The initial interpretation caused outrage in society, later it was changed to something else - heating costs that lead to poverty for homeowners, they face a choice between buying food and things or setting a comfortable temperature.

The word "comfort" in British realities sounds like a mockery, since in winter a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius in a residential area is considered comfortable, and 18 degrees in those rooms where people are not constantly staying. In 2005, the World Economic Forum even launched the EPA (Energy Poverty Action) initiative, which is designed to fight fuel poverty.

Official statistics in the UK show that 10% of all households cannot afford normal heating, in absolute numbers this is about 2.4-2.5 million houses and apartments.

Source: gov.uk, 2018 response

The number of people who live in such cramped conditions does not decrease year by year. Given climate change, we can say that their number will only grow. Estimates of the number of deaths from cold in the winter in the UK vary greatly, today it averages from 10 thousand deaths (in excess of statistically expected), in 2001, before the advent of assistance programs, their number was estimated at 50,000 people annually, for example, such figures can be found here in this work.

The numbers are shocking, but if you think they're far-fetched to the topic of technology, then here's a cherry for you to explain such a long introductory text. In the UK, a law is being considered that will allow companies that supply electricity to houses and apartments to turn it off arbitrarily and based on their need. This will require the replacement of electric meters with smart meters, which will be controlled remotely and will allow any house or apartment to be turned off at the request of the energy selling company. Including turning off heating systems, charging electric cars and everything else. The reason is banal: there is a growing shortage of electricity in the UK, and the spread of "clean" energy is too small. Moreover, the boom in electric cars creates an additional load, and therefore companies are forced to distribute energy in a way that does not create unnecessary load in a particular area.

The article describing this new reality is frightening with calculations and arguments about what needs to be done, read this text.

But another aspect of this problem surprises me. In the UK, where fuel poverty kills people every year, a law is being introduced that will stimulate an increase in deaths as the price of energy rises (this is already happening, and the process cannot be stopped, another tariff increase is planned in the spring). It is also worth considering that a global economic crisis is unfolding before our eyes, and it is of such a magnitude that all assistance programs will be reduced or completely curtailed. In the UK, people can receive subsidies for heating if the temperature was around zero degrees during the week. But this is small money, and it only helps, but does not correct the situation.

In my opinion, the state should provide equal conditions for everyone, including providing for the lives of its citizens, with subsidies to energy companies, and in other ways, but solve this problem. The example of Great Britain shows that the European way is to shift the problems onto the shoulders of people, they themselves must fight for their survival. And this is also a technology that will lead to a drop in the number of residents, including the elderly, who often cannot pay their heating bills. I do not want to speculate on this topic, but this does not look like an accidental mistake, but like a purposeful calculation.

Why is it important for us to know about these "technologies"? The answer is very simple and lies on the surface, we must not allow such European experience to be adopted in our country. There are no prerequisites that this will happen yet, but who knows what will happen tomorrow? Therefore, it makes sense to come up with mechanisms for how the inhabitants of Russia will be protected from such cataclysms and attempts to “optimize” energy consumption in the British way.

Unfortunately, the climate is changing, and very quickly, we are facing very difficult tests. To appreciate at least some of them, I advise you to pay attention to the book by David Wallace-Wells "Uninhabited Earth". Under one cover are collected scientists' forecasts and models of what is already happening and how it will affect the climate. A sobering read that changes the minds and attitudes of many people about how they live their daily lives. But many do not care, which is also logical.

Technologies should serve people and help us in life. There should not be smart meters that remotely turn off a house or apartment, allow us to freeze. This is bad technology that serves to harm. Create energy networks that can withstand the load, combine different energy sources, make efforts for this. But you can’t even step on the road when technology, albeit indirectly, allows you to manipulate people’s lives, save someone’s life, and literally kill someone. After all, in this case, killing is just pressing a button, and the excuse may be that the AI ​​algorithm turned off the houses of those who were already freezing and could not pay for energy. And the decision will be made not by a person, but by an algorithm, which means that there are no guilty ones. How do you like this world? I don't like it.

Unfortunately, we are advancing technology, but often not progressing in terms of our values ​​and what is possible in technology and what can never be allowed. And this is the biggest flaw in our understanding of technology, we have directors and presidents in charge of sales, marketing, PR, but no people in charge of the ethics of products and their impact on people's lives and the planet. It's time to get them.

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Winter 2021. People are dying of cold, and this is also technology

Reading the news makes you think about how people understand the word "technology", many familiar things seem so banal that they have not been revered for high technology for a long time. Winter in 2021 turned out to be snowy, cold, and in many countries of the world, the thermometers update records. For the Russian ear, the night temperature of minus 23 degrees Celsius sounds like something familiar, we have seen real frosts. For Scotland, a night with such a temperature is a natural disaster, however, like sub-zero temperatures that have been established throughout Britain, the country is not ready for this. It seems to us that warmth in winter is a self-evident thing that all residents of Russia have a plus or minus. Perhaps we should thank the Soviet Union for this, which gave its inhabitants equal opportunities, brought electricity, water and heat to their homes. By no means in all, but in cities there has never been an acute problem that people freeze in winter.And this is also a technology that directly depends on the amount of available energy, the cheapness of this energy and the availability of developed infrastructure. People in Russia usually learn that the climate is negatively affecting the economy from some report that gives the cost of a barrel of oil and indicates that in Kuwait the weather conditions allow for a completely different cost.

A person has always faced adverse weather conditions, today we have created a more or less comfortable environment around us, which allows us to live even in the Far North. Until he traveled almost the whole world, he thought in absentia that access to heat, water and electricity exists everywhere on our planet, and some poor countries act as exceptions. When immersed in the life of various countries, the realization gradually came that the weather is one of the main enemies for many people, since they cannot survive certain cataclysms. For example, New York has a cold winter, but the summer is such that there is often nothing to breathe in the city. In poor areas, this becomes a huge problem, people literally die of heart attacks, many become disabled. In the 80s, the New York City Hall conducted research on how negative factors affect the workload of the healthcare system, what damage the city's economy causes in the summer heat. The conclusions were paradoxical, it turned out that it was easier to buy air conditioners for poor people than to face the need for their treatment, support and subsequent expenses for a funeral. Many could not accept this point of view, but programs were gradually launched to buy air conditioners for the poor, and the death rate from the heat began to decline.

Officially, the cause of death from heat stroke is rarely given, coroners prefer other causes, such as a heart attack. New York statistics show that the number of deaths from the heat is at least 10-15 times higher than according to official data. Look at the table, it turns out that seven deaths in 2017 easily turn into almost a hundred.

The officials are proud of the program to help the city's poor. To participate in it, your income must be small, you will literally be poor. See what poverty is like in New York. Many are stunned by the numbers, people try this income on their standard of living, including utility bills, food expenses, and it seems to them that in America people are mad with fat. Alas, their living expenses are much higher. In order to live more or less quietly in New York without frills, you need to earn per person from 200 thousand dollars a year, most of the money you will give to taxes, huddle in a small apartment far from the center, paying it at horse rates. And save money all the time!

If you make $550-600 a week, you'll be a beggar in New York, you can't afford anything with that money. For such people, as well as those who have health problems or are over 65 years old, the city offers free air conditioning. Once every five years, you can request help, the cost of an air conditioner is up to $ 800, including installation, there are various restrictions. Since the beginning of this program, mortality has declined, technology has allowed people to live longer.

We in Russia do not value basic things so much that we take them for granted. It seems to us that the technologies built by our fathers will be eternal and nothing can happen to them. Look at Ukraine, where the legacy of previous generations was gradually destroyed. Market regulation of prices for gas, electricity, lack of developed infrastructure - all this led to a sharp increase in the cost of utilities. At the beginning of 2020, utility costs for a family of three living in an apartment of 50 sq. meters were like that.

To evaluate the contribution of utility bills to expenses, you can see the average salary in each region of the country, for this I will give a link to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, look for this data here.

After simple calculations, it becomes clear that many people cannot spend money on heating their houses, as well as apartments, it is extremely expensive for them. It is possible that for this reason heating points are opened in Ukraine in winter, more than 5,000 of them are deployed throughout the country. For example, on January 20, 2021, more than 1,700 people used the services of such points.

Source: dsns.gov.ua

The economy can also be classified as a technology, because it is managers and officials who determine how people will live or die. The topic of Ukraine, for obvious reasons, is painful for everyone, so let's look at the situation with cold weather using the example of Britain. In absentia, it seems that in Britain, as well as in America, the rivers are filled with jelly and the problems look completely different than in our area.

The British some time ago introduced the term "fuel poverty", it can be translated into the forehead as "fuel poverty". This poverty is explained very simply: when homeowners (apartments or houses) are forced to spend more than 10% of their income on heating it to a comfortable temperature. The initial interpretation caused outrage in society, later it was changed to something else - heating costs that lead to poverty for homeowners, they face a choice between buying food and things or setting a comfortable temperature.

The word "comfort" in British realities sounds like a mockery, since in winter a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius in a residential area is considered comfortable, and 18 degrees in those rooms where people are not constantly staying. In 2005, the World Economic Forum even launched the EPA (Energy Poverty Action) initiative, which is designed to fight fuel poverty.

Official statistics in the UK show that 10% of all households cannot afford normal heating, in absolute numbers this is about 2.4-2.5 million houses and apartments.

Source: gov.uk, 2018 response

The number of people who live in such cramped conditions does not decrease year by year. Given climate change, we can say that their number will only increase. Estimates of the number of deaths from cold in the winter in the UK vary greatly, today it averages from 10 thousand deaths (in excess of statistically expected), in 2001, before the advent of assistance programs, their number was estimated at 50,000 people annually, for example, such figures can be found here in this work.

The numbers are shocking, but if you think they're far-fetched to the topic of technology, then here's a cherry for you to explain such a long introductory text. In the UK, a law is being considered that will allow companies that supply electricity to houses and apartments to turn it off arbitrarily and based on their need. This will require the replacement of electric meters with smart meters, which will be controlled remotely and will allow any house or apartment to be turned off at the request of the energy selling company. Including turning off heating systems, charging electric cars and everything else. The reason is banal: there is a growing shortage of electricity in the UK, and the spread of "clean" energy is too small. Moreover, the boom in electric cars creates an additional load, and therefore companies are forced to distribute energy in a way that does not create unnecessary load in a particular area.

The article describing this new reality is frightening with calculations and arguments about what needs to be done, read this text.

But another aspect of this problem surprises me. In the UK, where fuel poverty kills people every year, a law is being introduced that will stimulate an increase in deaths as the price of energy rises (this is already happening, and the process cannot be stopped, another tariff increase is planned in the spring). It is also worth considering that a global economic crisis is unfolding before our eyes, and it is of such a magnitude that all assistance programs will be reduced or completely curtailed. In the UK, people can receive subsidies for heating if the temperature was around zero degrees during the week. But this is small money, and it only helps, but does not correct the situation.

In my opinion, the state should provide equal conditions for everyone, including providing for the lives of its citizens, with subsidies to energy companies, and in other ways, but solve this problem. The example of Great Britain shows that the European way is to shift the problems onto the shoulders of people, they themselves must fight for their survival. And this is also a technology that will lead to a drop in the number of residents, including the elderly, who often cannot pay their heating bills. I do not want to speculate on this topic, but this does not look like an accidental mistake, but like a purposeful calculation.

Why is it important for us to know about these "technologies"? The answer is very simple and lies on the surface, we must not allow such European experience to be adopted in our country. There are no prerequisites that this will happen yet, but who knows what will happen tomorrow? Therefore, it makes sense to come up with mechanisms for how the inhabitants of Russia will be protected from such cataclysms and attempts to “optimize” energy consumption in the British way.

Unfortunately, the climate is changing, and very quickly, we are facing very difficult tests. To appreciate at least some of them, I advise you to pay attention to the book by David Wallace-Wells "Uninhabited Earth". Under one cover are collected scientists' forecasts and models of what is already happening and how it will affect the climate. A sobering read that changes the minds and attitudes of many people about how they live their daily lives. But many do not care, which is also logical.

Technologies should serve people and help us in life. There should not be smart meters that remotely turn off a house or apartment, allow us to freeze. This is bad technology that serves to harm. Create energy networks that can withstand the load, combine different energy sources, make efforts for this. But you can’t even step on the road when technology, albeit indirectly, allows you to manipulate people’s lives, save someone’s life, and literally kill someone. After all, in this case, killing is just pressing a button, and the excuse may be that the AI ​​algorithm turned off the houses of those who were already freezing and could not pay for energy. And the decision will be made not by a person, but by an algorithm, which means that there are no guilty ones. How do you like this world? I don't like it.

Unfortunately, we are advancing technology, but often not progressing in terms of our values ​​and what is possible in technology and what can never be allowed. And this is the biggest flaw in our understanding of technology, we have directors and presidents in charge of sales, marketing, PR, but no people in charge of the ethics of products and their impact on people's lives and the planet. It's time to get them.

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Winter 2021. People are dying of cold, and this is also technology

Reading the news makes you think about how people understand the word "technology", many familiar things seem so banal that they have not been revered for high technology for a long time. Winter in 2021 turned out to be snowy, cold, and in many countries of the world, thermometers update records. For the Russian ear, the night temperature of minus 23 degrees Celsius sounds like something familiar, we have seen real frosts. For Scotland, a night with such a temperature is a natural disaster, however, like sub-zero temperatures that have been established throughout Britain, the country is not ready for this. It seems to us that warmth in winter is a self-evident thing that all residents of Russia have a plus or minus. Perhaps we should thank the Soviet Union for this, which gave its inhabitants equal opportunities, brought electricity, water and heat to their homes. By no means in all, but in cities there has never been an acute problem that people freeze in winter.And this is also a technology that directly depends on the amount of available energy, the cheapness of this energy and the availability of developed infrastructure. People in Russia usually learn that the climate is negatively affecting the economy from some report that gives the cost of a barrel of oil and indicates that in Kuwait the weather conditions allow for a completely different cost.

A person has always faced adverse weather conditions, today we have created a more or less comfortable environment around us, which allows us to live even in the Far North. Until he traveled almost the whole world, he thought in absentia that access to heat, water and electricity exists everywhere on our planet, and some poor countries act as exceptions. When immersed in the life of various countries, the realization gradually came that the weather is one of the main enemies for many people, since they cannot survive certain cataclysms. For example, New York has a cold winter, but the summer is such that there is often nothing to breathe in the city. In poor areas, this becomes a huge problem, people literally die of heart attacks, many become disabled. In the 80s, the New York City Hall conducted research on how negative factors affect the workload of the healthcare system, what damage the city's economy causes in the summer heat. The conclusions were paradoxical, it turned out that it was easier to buy air conditioners for poor people than to face the need for their treatment, support and subsequent expenses for a funeral. Many could not accept this point of view, but programs were gradually launched to buy air conditioners for the poor, and the death rate from the heat began to decline.

Officially, the cause of death from heat stroke is rarely given, coroners prefer other causes, such as a heart attack. New York statistics show that the number of deaths from the heat is at least 10-15 times higher than according to official data. Look at the table, it turns out that seven deaths in 2017 easily turn into almost a hundred.

The officials are proud of the program to help the city's poor. To participate in it, your income must be small, you will literally be poor. See what poverty is like in New York. Many are stunned by the numbers, people try this income on their standard of living, including utility bills, food expenses, and it seems to them that in America people are mad with fat. Alas, their living expenses are much higher. In order to live more or less quietly in New York without frills, you need to earn per person from 200 thousand dollars a year, most of the money you will give to taxes, huddle in a small apartment far from the center, paying it at horse rates. And save money all the time!

Here is a table showing the poverty rate (read: poverty) for New York City.

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If you make $550-600 a week, you'll be a beggar in New York, you can't afford anything with that money. For such people, as well as those who have health problems or are over 65 years old, the city offers free air conditioning. Once every five years you can request help, the cost of an air conditioner is up to $ 800, including installation, there are various restrictions. Since the beginning of this program, mortality has declined, technology has allowed people to live longer.

We in Russia do not value basic things so much that we take them for granted. It seems to us that the technologies built by our fathers will be eternal and nothing can happen to them. Look at Ukraine, where the legacy of previous generations was gradually destroyed. Market regulation of prices for gas, electricity, lack of developed infrastructure - all this led to a sharp increase in the cost of utilities. At the beginning of 2020, utility costs for a family of three living in an apartment of 50 sq. meters were like that.

To evaluate the contribution of utility bills to expenses, you can see the average salary in each region of the country, for this I will give a link to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, look for this data here.

After simple calculations, it becomes clear that many people cannot spend money on heating their houses, as well as apartments, it is extremely expensive for them. It is possible that for this reason heating points are opened in Ukraine in winter, more than 5,000 of them are deployed throughout the country. For example, on January 20, 2021, more than 1,700 people used the services of such points.

Source: dsns.gov.ua

The economy can also be classified as a technology, because it is managers and officials who determine how people will live or die. The topic of Ukraine, for obvious reasons, is painful for everyone, so let's look at the situation with cold weather using the example of Britain. In absentia, it seems that in Britain, as well as in America, the rivers are filled with jelly and the problems look completely different than in our area.

The British some time ago introduced the term "fuel poverty", it can be translated into the forehead as "fuel poverty". This poverty is explained very simply: when homeowners (apartments or houses) are forced to spend more than 10% of their income on heating it to a comfortable temperature. The initial interpretation caused outrage in society, later it was changed to something else - heating costs that lead to poverty for homeowners, they face a choice between buying food and things or setting a comfortable temperature.

The word "comfort" in British realities sounds like a mockery, since in winter a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius in a residential area is considered comfortable, and 18 degrees in those rooms where people are not constantly staying. In 2005, the World Economic Forum even launched the EPA (Energy Poverty Action) initiative, which is designed to fight fuel poverty.

Official statistics in the UK show that 10% of all households cannot afford normal heating, in absolute numbers this is about 2.4-2.5 million houses and apartments.

Source: gov.uk, 2018 response

The number of people who live in such cramped conditions does not decrease year by year. Given climate change, we can say that their number will only grow. Estimates of the number of deaths from cold in the winter in the UK vary greatly, today it averages from 10 thousand deaths (in excess of statistically expected), in 2001, before the advent of assistance programs, their number was estimated at 50,000 people annually, for example, such figures can be found here in this work.

The numbers are shocking, but if you think they're far-fetched to the topic of technology, then here's a cherry for you to explain such a long introductory text. In the UK, a law is being considered that will allow companies that supply electricity to houses and apartments to turn it off arbitrarily and based on their need. This will require the replacement of electric meters with smart meters, which will be controlled remotely and will allow any house or apartment to be turned off at the request of the energy selling company. Including turning off heating systems, charging electric cars and everything else. The reason is banal: there is a growing shortage of electricity in the UK, and the spread of "clean" energy is too small. Moreover, the boom in electric cars creates an additional load, and therefore companies are forced to distribute energy in a way that does not create unnecessary load in a particular area.

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But another aspect of this problem surprises me. In the UK, where fuel poverty kills people every year, a law is being introduced that will stimulate an increase in deaths as the price of energy rises (this is already happening, and the process cannot be stopped, another tariff increase is planned in the spring). It is also worth considering that a global economic crisis is unfolding before our eyes, and it is of such a magnitude that all assistance programs will be reduced or completely curtailed. In the UK, people can receive subsidies for heating if the temperature was around zero degrees during the week. But this is small money, and it only helps, but does not correct the situation.

In my opinion, the state should provide equal conditions for everyone, including providing for the lives of its citizens, with subsidies to energy companies, and in other ways, but solve this problem. The example of Great Britain shows that the European way is to shift the problems onto the shoulders of people, they themselves must fight for their survival. And this is also a technology that will lead to a drop in the number of residents, including the elderly, who often cannot pay their heating bills. I do not want to speculate on this topic, but this does not look like an accidental mistake, but like a purposeful calculation.

Why is it important for us to know about these "technologies"? The answer is very simple and lies on the surface, we must not allow such European experience to be adopted in our country. There are no prerequisites that this will happen yet, but who knows what will happen tomorrow? Therefore, it makes sense to come up with mechanisms for how the inhabitants of Russia will be protected from such cataclysms and attempts to “optimize” energy consumption in the British way.

Unfortunately, the climate is changing, and very quickly, we are facing very difficult tests. To appreciate at least some of them, I advise you to pay attention to the book by David Wallace-Wells "Uninhabited Earth". Under one cover are collected scientists' forecasts and models of what is already happening and how it will affect the climate. A sobering read that changes the minds and attitudes of many people about how they live their daily lives. But many do not care, which is also logical.

Technologies should serve people and help us in life. There should not be smart meters that remotely turn off a house or apartment, allow us to freeze. This is bad technology that serves to harm. Create energy networks that can withstand the load, combine different energy sources, make efforts for this. But you can’t even step on the road when technology, albeit indirectly, allows you to manipulate people’s lives, save someone’s life, and literally kill someone. After all, in this case, killing is just pressing a button, and the excuse may be that the AI ​​algorithm turned off the houses of those who were already freezing and could not pay for energy. And the decision will be made not by a person, but by an algorithm, which means that there are no guilty ones. How do you like this world? I don't like it.

Unfortunately, we are advancing technology, but often not progressing in terms of our values ​​and what is possible in technology and what can never be allowed. And this is the biggest flaw in our understanding of technology, we have directors and presidents in charge of sales, marketing, PR, but no people in charge of the ethics of products and their impact on people's lives and the planet. It's time to get them.

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