DOI: https://doi.org/10.7203/metode.9.12222

Robotics and automation for societal good: Global South challenges and technology-policy considerations


Abstract


Robotics and automation and artificial intelligence technologies hold immense potential in addressing many of the societal challenges as exemplified in the sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda of the United Nations. They have the potential not only to increase the standard of living in developed countries, but to improve the quality of life in the so-called «Global South». This article discusses underlying challenges and technology-policy considerations when deploying emerging technologies in developing and developed economies. Various examples and implementations in collaboration with humanitarians, researchers and developers, and professional organizations across the globe are outlined.


Keywords


humanitarian robotics; unmanned aerial vehicles; environmental monitoring; technology policy; ethical, legal, and societal considerations

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