Our latest featured challenge is a tough one. EMC is looking for a way to track electronics as they're disassembled and discarded. According to the company, "it is simply too difficult to measure the true destination of e-waste as it passes through the hands of downstream contractors who handle disposal and recycling." They don't know where it ends up or how, and they want to change that.
The challenge seeks ways to track individual parts and subsystems as they move through the disposal process. Maybe it's a device. Maybe it's a new process. If they choose your solution, they'll pay you cash for it. And then you can go buy a new gadget.
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Swirlying digital votex black hole Batman! We are doomed!
No worries Robin, the government wish to track all this digital wash, to ensure the mess gets cleaned up!
Science sees no further than what it can sense, i.e. facts.
Religion sees beyond the senses, i.e. faith.
Open your mind and see!
Well gee, I suppose that they could require licensing (probably they already do). Then you have government inspectors audit companies to be sure that they're handling hazardous materials per the myriad regulations that already exist.
It would mean, I suppose, that only US operations would qualify. I doubt that other countries would welcome US inspectors, unless there was a treaty in place.
The motivation of this idea is great! I hope they find the solution.
Engrave them with burned on barcodes/serials.
You could place a transponder on it and transmit the data to a GPS network or a setup database from which all the scary amounts of data can flow into.....
Wow, more Big Brother in action. Just consider all the wonderful personal surveillance possibilities here...
ps. Post-discard tracking would be perfectly alright.