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.



Frontier technologies, emerging approaches and opportunities

Changes in the environment for STI policy are not limited to the technological landscape and development goals discussed in chapters I to III. There have also been a number of important developments in conceptual and policy approaches to technology and innovation, some of these reflecting the nature of frontier technologies, particularly the opportunities for networking and collaboration that digital technologies and platforms afford. A key part of building on the foundations of STI policy outlined in chapter III is to apply these new concepts effectively and to make optimal use of new opportunities and emerging policy approaches.


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