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Meeting sustainable development goals via robotics and autonomous systems

Solène, Guenat and Purnell, Phil and Davies, Zoe G. and Nawrath, Maximilian and Stringer, Lindsay C. and Babu, Giridhara Rathnaiah and Balasubramanian, Muniyandi and Bylappa, Bhuvana Kolar and Chen, Bei and Jager, Peta De and De, Andrea and Nuovo, Alessandro Di and Ehi-Eromosele, Cyril O. and Torbaghan, Mehran Eskandari and Evans, Karl L. and Fraundorfer, Markus and Haouas, Wissem and Izunobi, Josephat U. and Jauregui-Correa, Juan Carlos and Kaddouh, Bilal Y. and Lewycka, Sonia and MacIntosh, Ana C. and Mady, Christine and Maple, Carsten and Mhiret, Worku N. and Mohammed-Amin, Rozhen Kamal and Olawole, Olukunle Charles Meeting sustainable development goals via robotics and autonomous systems. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. pp. 1-10.

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Robotics and autonomous systems are reshaping the world, changing healthcare, food production and biodiversity management. While they will play a fundamental role in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals, associated opportunities and threats are yet to be considered systematically. We report on a horizon scan evaluating robotics and autonomous systems impact on all Sustainable Development Goals, involving 102 experts from around the world. Robotics and autonomous systems are likely to transform how the Sustainable Development Goals are achieved, through replacing and supporting human activities, fostering innovation, enhancing remote access and improving monitoring. Emerging threats relate to reinforcing inequalities, exacerbating environmental change, diverting resources from tried-and-tested solutions and reducing freedom and privacy through inadequate governance. Although predicting future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on the Sustainable Development Goals is difficult, thoroughly examining technological developments early is essential to prevent unintended detrimental consequences. Additionally, robotics and autonomous systems should be considered explicitly when developing future iterations of the Sustainable Development Goals to avoid reversing progress or exacerbating inequalities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Depositing User: AKINWUMI
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2022 12:17
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 12:17

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