Mass Automation and Smart Technologies Can Impact Climate Crisis

by October 13, 2019 0 comments

Climate Crisis

With the current levels of technology, already automating most of the human-jobs, it is most likely that people will look out for a new set of jobs by next decade. The disruptive technologies such as IoT, AR/VR, robotics, and artificial intelligence are changing the way we interact, work, and survive. These technologies can even question the role of the human through their highly automated and intelligent systems.

In particular, automated innovations have the potential to impact climate change by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing précised insights and data to reduce climate change.

Currently, agriculture and automobile are the two sectors where humans have been largely replaced by automated and intelligent machines resulting in marking a considerable impression on climate conditions.


Automobile Sector

In present times, car manufacturing is extremely automated where robotic workers have replaced human teams to a great extent. In the fourth industrial revolution, robots and other disruptive technologies are enabling more efficient energy management in factories. These technological tools create better datasets which consequently result in better-managed supply chains.

This transformed process allows manufacturers to reduce waste and emission across the whole lifecycle of products starting from initial metals and minerals through the energy used to transport products to the market.


Agriculture Sector

The developments in mechanization including tractors, combine harvesters and others, have enhanced food production with less labor. Despite this, the growth in the world population and their demand for food are accelerating. This subsequently results in agriculture being responsible for increasing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation. Therefore, it is necessary to pave out a path to further improve efficiency and reduce the emissions from the food production process.

However, with the advent of mass automation and smart technologies, the automobile and agriculture sector can fundamentally change. Robots have already replaced humans across a different range of agricultural tasks including watering, pest control or harvesting. Moreover, tractors could eventually transform into an autonomous vehicle. With the construction of fully automated vertical farms, there has been a maximization in space and their production efficiency. Besides these other innovations including off-grid renewable energy systems promise to produce food with great efficiency and reduced emissions.

Increased automation and smart technologies offer significant changes to society and have the potential to free up the human workforce from mundane tasks. Such technological revolution, if managed well, has the potential to provide astonishing environmental benefits. However, automation technology not necessarily delivers optimistic results for sustainability, therefore, people need to manage their consumption despite technological advancements racing ahead of world.

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