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Technology is the key to achieving our Sustainable Development Goals

Enrique Dans
Oct 10, 2019 · 2 min read

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are among the most important commitments made by the 192 countries of the world in 2015 in order to ensure the future viability of human civilization, and in the decade spanning the 2020s will face their moment of truth, and will need to be applied systematically before we run out of time.

Time is also running out for the skeptics and deniers. The facts of our climate emergency are there for all to read: in scientific journals and the financial press; the point is that it is time for action not opinions: the effects of the climatic emergency are all around us, and simply doing nothing because “the scientists have got it wrong” would be an act of gross irresponsibility and stupidity. Now, as the cruder manifestations of skepticism have successfully been countered despite the many interests trying to avoid it, we must avoid spreading other equally dangerous theories, such as Malthusianism and eco-fascism.

What role will technology play in all this? One that is absolutely fundamental. The development and adoption of technology will be vital in meeting the challenges we face. Technological development generates more fear today than it ever did, despite the unprecedented availability of information, but we still have to look ourselves in the eye as a society. Technology, in general, is now able to provide solutions when called on: the problem is that we’re not using the technology, or we’re not adopting it quickly enough, to our advantage, and the benefits from it are not being shared fairly.

Which technologies offer us the promising potential to contribute to sustainable development goals? Among the many are advanced automation through machine learning, digital transformation for the development of more efficient markets, energy production technologies that enable and accelerate decarbonization. Each objective comes with technological challenges, but what’s important is that as individuals and companies we analyze what we can help achieve, while understanding that technology is the key to making things happen. If your company isn’t doing so already, then start thinking about how technology can help achieve SDGs.

(En español, aquí)

Enrique Dans

On the effects of technology innovation on people…

Enrique Dans

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Professor of Innovation at IE Business School, blogger at enriquedans.com and Senior Contributor at Forbes

Enrique Dans

On the effects of technology innovation on people, companies and society (writing in Spanish at enriquedans.com since 2003)

Enrique Dans

Written by

Professor of Innovation at IE Business School, blogger at enriquedans.com and Senior Contributor at Forbes

Enrique Dans

On the effects of technology innovation on people, companies and society (writing in Spanish at enriquedans.com since 2003)

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