Technology and Innovation Report 2018

Harnessing Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development

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The Technology and Innovation Report 2018 discusses the role of frontier technologies in sustainable development. It outlines the main features and the manifold ways in which they can accelerate development. The report also identifies some potential risks, describes the capability, gender, and infrastructural gaps that need to be address, and discusses policy options, including some innovative policy approaches, that countries can consider to maximize the development benefits and minimize the risks of frontier technologies.



Benefiting from frontier technologies: Gaps and capabilities

Developed and developing countries face the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution presented in chapter I from very different starting points. Trends in frontier technologies, which are fundamentally enabled by the Internet and ICTs, are superimposed on a world with existing technological divides both between and within nations.


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