Technology is not different when it comes to environmental sustainability. The relationship between technology and development has been on for a long time now. If you look at the countries referred to as developed countries, you will discover that they are doing well technologically. Therefore, the line between technology and development is very thin. We have existing technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality, and so on. All these technologies are already fast-moving, making the world sustainable.
Technology booming is something we see happen as time rolls by. With each passing year, we are introduced to new technology or an upgrade on a previous one. Let’s see the IoT for instance.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things is one of the greatest technological advancements so far. It is all about connecting and controlling things that weren’t connected. It helps to make sustainable applications endless. A powerful positive impact of the IoT is its ability to make circular economy easier. In a circular economy, resources are made to be reused at the end of their life cycle instead of being discarded. This helps to save production costs and also reduces waste. When a circular economy is combined with IoT, efficiency is increased.
Research by the World Economic Forum has shown that over 84% of IoT deployments can be used to tackle the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The top three in this category are:
- Industry, innovation, & infrastructure
- Smart cities & communities
- Affordable & clean energy
Let’s move on to Virtual reality.
Virtual reality has been a trending topic in the tech world. In fact, it is a part of technology booming, in the sense that two applications for the Virtual reality technology are in the sustainability world. We’ve heard about a future with robots, driverless cars, drones, 3D buildings, and so on. Virtual reality can completely change how we do things. Surely, that will bring about a more sustainable environment.
Going forward, technology can address societal changes. You can see this in the way people have access to data and also understand it. The IoT has been mentioned earlier and this shows how things in the world can connect. You have technologies at home that monitor your habits and adjust the temperature of your home. In this case, you don’t even need to set a timer. That’s the power of IoT.
In all, technology is not the end of sustainability. Rather, it is a means that can be used to efficiently and effectively create collaboration for environmental sustainability. Put together, the issues of sustainability in the world can be addressed. Technology has brought a lot of good to the world. Look around you, you can see how far humans have advanced. From the smartphone you have in your hands to the appliances you have at home, we’ve come a long way. Of a truth, the tech world has improved environmental sustainability.