Sustainability and the circular economy are not buzzwords. Preserving our natural and man-made resources, minimizing waste, and safeguarding this planet for future generations are not idealistic goals. These are models and behaviors that need to become second nature.
Technology and emerging technologies have an important role to play if we are to rise to the challenge of environmental and social responsibility. We’ve already made progress—perhaps the best indicator of this is that we are talking about it. But, to be sure, we’re at the beginning.
Intel and the research firm Concentrix recently conducted a study of more than 200 business decision-makers working in environmental sustainability. The study revealed that the majority are optimistic about the power of these technologies:
- 74% of respondents agree that artificial intelligence (AI) will help solve long-standing environmental challenges
- 64% agree that the internet of things (IoT) will help solve these challenges
This kind of optimism is encouraging, but there are still obstacles. Some of the barriers include awareness of problem-solving solutions, costs, and compliance/regulatory approval. But that is the nature of innovation, right?
As a leader in emerging technologies – from AI to IoT to 5G communications – Intel is working to build the foundation that will enable environmental sustainability innovations. Working with partners, we’ve developed solutions that address environmental challenges, such as smart city IoT technology, digital solutions that use natural resources more efficiently, and smart, green buildings.
It’s exciting to imagine how the technology that we have today—artificial intelligence, drones, machine learning, analytics, IoT, 5G, and others—will continue to emerge and be put to use for the greater good. What is even more exciting is imagining what is yet to come and how Intel will play a strategic role in enabling the inevitable innovation.
You can learn more about the study and what Intel is doing to rise to the challenge here.