THE IMPACT OF RAPID TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Committee Background

The ambitions of Sustainable Development Goals, with their guiding principle of “leaving no one behind” require more than just the collective efforts of human beings. With the rising potential of the fourth industrial revolution, we are able to include the workforce of exponential technologies - the category of technologies that progress rapidly, into our development endeavors. The tool that can completely disrupt the status quo is now at our own disposal, promising several outcomes that have never deemed attainable. Yet, a tool that can solve the problems we homo sapiens cannot solve, in return, will pose new threats that we had never encountered before. The dissemination of technologies in healthcare, agriculture, education, energy, economic diversification, and especially social inclusion can either unfold the best scenario of humankind or completely change our social form into something much less human. Digital autonomation, with its ability to execute a complete structural transformation of human resource, can break the current equilibrium, result in not only a disrupted labor market but more social inequality given the winner-takes-all nature of technology development. The combination of biotech and infotech in genetic engineering technique, the matter of legal, ethical, personal privacy and technology training are all knocking on our door. The future is now, and each government is expected to keep pace with global collaboration in scientific research. It is time for us to enhance our international cooperation and take the right turn for the humankind.

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