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10 tech predictions for 2020 – #3 Digital sustainability

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It's 2020 now That means that we have 10 years left to lift the 17 UN sustainability goals, at least if we want to reach the deadline set out in 2015 when the agenda was agreed

I know that this has been a huge topic for the last year's but I'm sure that the debate and the focus will heat up in the year to come I actually think it's gonna be hard to find companies that haven't taken a stand on this going forward, simply because you have to do that in order to survive And the digital and technological areas are especially interesting here because on one side they are a fundamental part of the problem But on the other side and at the same time they might be the fundamental lever and stepping stone in order for us to reach the goals I actually think that most of the technologies we're going to talk about in 2020 have the possibility of creating major sustainable impact

AI as an example will help us point at solutions within health and also climate issues It's also technology with the potential to remove language barriers CRISPR hopefully will eradicate a lot of global serious diseases IOT will help us create more sustainable cities and additive manufacturing will introduce new and sustainable production methodologies But there are always two sides to the story when we talk about digital progress

Smartphones as an example – they're fantastic but what happens to the 15 billion phones that get scrapped every year like these And for how long can we keep extracting the rare minerals needed for its electronic components Ecommerce is another example – it's super convenient we love it Just look at the revenue for singles day in November

It exceeded 30 billion dollars But also think about the enormous amount of packaging created when 2,600 packages are shipped every second And the amount of empty space being shipped around in the parcels we receive You know it – it's stuff like this Forbes has actually predicted that 61 million containers of empty space travel the world every year due to ecommerce

We simply have to solve these problems while we keep developing new and sustainable digital solutions, and technologies in order to conquer the world's biggest challenges I predict that this will be one of the main topics for the year to come

Source: Youtube

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