Game-changing innovation: 3 technologies reshaping industries for a better future
Technological innovation is paving the path towards a more sustainable future, revolutionizing industries and empowering us to address pressing global challenges. From clean energy to smart cities, these advancements hold the key to transformative change.
One such groundbreaking technology is Artificial Intelligence (AI), enabling computer systems to perform tasks that traditionally require human intelligence. By embracing AI responsibly and ethically, we can make significant strides towards an inclusive and sustainable future.
Businesses now have an unprecedented opportunity to harness the power of these technological breakthroughs and make progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A new video series developed by PA Consulting and available on the UN Global Compact Academy explores disruptive technologies that are reshaping sustainability across different sectors. Let’s explore three of these game-changing innovations:
#1: Gene editing
While it is crucial to consider ethical aspects and associated risks, certain applications of gene editing — the modification of an organism’s DNA — can potentially help us meet the SDGs. In agriculture, gene editing can improve crop traits, such as nutrition and resistance to pests and diseases. Moreover, gene editing can aid conservation efforts by preserving endangered species and restoring ecosystems. In healthcare, gene editing may help us develop therapies for genetic diseases. This technology offers potential treatment options for conditions that currently lack effective care plans. When exploring the potential applications of gene editing to advance the SDGs, striking a balance between maximizing benefits and safeguarding our shared values is essential.
#2: Low-carbon concrete
Low-carbon concrete offers a greener alternative to traditional concrete by employing alternative materials, innovative manufacturing techniques and carbon-capture technologies.
This helps combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions. In addition, its adoption in construction promotes sustainable infrastructure and eco-friendly cities.
#3: New realities
“New realities” are emerging technologies like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). They are revolutionizing education by creating immersive learning experiences, fostering understanding of global challenges. They also provide interactive platforms for inclusive discussions and decision-making on sustainability issues.
Disruptive technologies drive the development of new and innovative products, services and infrastructure, which demand fewer resources and curtail waste production while mitigating environmental impact. They are reshaping industries and propelling us toward a future that prioritizes sustainability. Businesses can make measurable progress towards SDGs by leveraging their potential and embracing responsible practices.