Newly Released – World Economic and Social Survey 2018: Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development

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“Frontier technologies have huge potential to drive prosperity and protect planet, but only if properly managed,” says the UN. 

The World Economic and Social Survey 2018 reviews the advances in frontier technologies – automation, robotics, electric vehicles, renewable energy technologies, biotechnologies, and artificial intelligence – and analyses their economic, social and environmental impact. These technologies possess immense potential for fostering growth, prosperity and environmental sustainability and accelerating the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Advances in frontier technologies also present new and unique challenges. While promising prosperity, they also present risks of growing unemployment, underemployment and inequality, and raise new ethical and moral challenges.


Publication by UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs, October 2018. 

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