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World Economic and Social Survey 2018

Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development

  • Author: UN, DESA
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Page count: 192
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 18.II.C.1

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ISBN: 9789211091793
ISBN: 9789210472241

About the product

This publication reviews the advances in frontier technologies — including automation, robotics, renewable energy technologies, electric vehicles, biotechnologies and artificial intelligence — and analyzes their economic, social and environmental impact. These technologies present immense potentials for the 2030 Agenda, fostering growth, prosperity and environmental sustainability. They also pose significant risks of unemployment, underemployment and rising income and wealth inequality and raise new ethical and moral concerns. The Survey identifies policy measures at national levels with the capacity to both maximize the potential of these technologies and mitigate their risks, thereby striking a balance among economic efficiency, equity and ethical considerations.