The coming of technology brought potential opportunities and impending risks. It is wise to know how technology interacts with nature and to craft a controlling system to ensure that impacts will not go out of control.
The University of Leeds is leading a research drive involving 170 international experts on how technology interacts with the environment. This research offers understanding on how robots, drones and autonomous systems can impact the natural world.
Published in Nature Ecology & Evolution last January 4, the research compiles 77 academic works from the practitioners.
170 experts from 35 Countries
The study explores potential opportunities as well as impending threats and dangers regarding urban biodiversity and ecosystems. 170 experts from 35 countries were asked to share their opinions on how technologies affect the environment.
Explorations focus on technologies that interact with and influence the physical environment. Including those that can sense and analyze data involving the environment.
Defined technologies included
Technologies included in the exploration are the following: driverless vehicles, drones such as the DJI Mavic Air 2, infrastructure repairing robots and monitoring sensors such as the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Compact Digital Camera. Covered applications include autonomous transport, maintenance of infrastructure, providing securities, precision agriculture and waste collection.
Time spent interacting with nature is therapeutic. It provides well-being that can result in a positive effect to human health, says Dr. Mark Goddard. He added that robots are likely to influence the way we experience and benefit from nature.
For a sustainable City life, it is vital to have proper understanding on how robotics and autonomous systems affect our interaction with nature.
Technology meets nature
The researchers showed how technologies can help us improve the way we monitor nature and execute interventions if needed. Technologies provide timely detection of emerging pests, it can help care and nurture the plants. Helping people to engage with nature more effectively and efficiently.
Robotics, drones and autonomous vehicles can potentially reduce traffic congestion and pollution. Addressing these growing concerns among the urban cities will certainly improve people’s lives.
However, it is given and known to most that with development comes potential risks. Experts recognized that technologies do not just provide positive results, it can also give a negative impact. More robots and drones will result in increasing wastes and pollution that can damage nature.
These developments also may require so many changes in the cities. City officials need to revisit their urban planning and make necessary changes to accommodate the entrance of technologies on how life takes place in the city.
The University of Leeds’ lead author of the publication is Dr. Martin Dallimer from the “School of Earth and Environment”. Dr. Dallimer asserts that technology can drastically change the way people live their lives. It is wise to proactively understand and anticipate impending risks and harmful effects of the advancing technologies.
Although it is difficult to predict with certainty the future impacts brought about by technologies. it is important for the public, city officials and technology developers to anticipate potential dangers and to make sure that the impact will not go out of control.