SGDs and USI. Resilient, inclusive and sustainable industrialisation


Institutional Communication Service

18 May 2021

In 2016, WEF founder and President Klaus Schwab said that "we stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another." The so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution was thus made official. While on the one hand the impact of this revolution has been more sudden and visible for many of us (just think of the global spread of digital information and communication technologies), on the other hand the real long-term challenge will concern technological innovation applied to production processes to achieve greater efficiency and, above all, improved sustainability and inclusion. In fact, among the effects of "Industry 4.0" there are fears of increased social inequality due to the impact of digital automation on the workforce.

We reflect on UN Sustainability Goal #9, "Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation", from the perspectives of computer science, philosophy, and economics, with Luca Maria Gambardella, Pro-Rector at USI for Innovation and Corporate Relations; Damiano Costa, lecturer at the USI Master of Philosophy; and Giovanni Pica and Benjamin Lerch, respectively Professor and PhD candidate at the USI Institute of Economics (IdEP).

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The series: #Fucine (forges). Perspectives for shaping today and tomorrow.

Some of the significant challenges of the modern world and the role of knowledge in understanding and facing them. Starting from the UN 2030 Agenda goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs), we propose a series of ten articles in collaboration with Corriere del Ticino on the occasion of USI's 25th anniversary. With the guidance of USI experts, we present and ponder the areas of knowledge in which our University is active - architecture, communication, law, economics, computer science, medicine and biomedicine, public health, computational science, data science and the humanities - and their role in forging ideas, perspectives and visions to help shape the present and the future. Each article will begin with a UN objective and three angles: one will offer a more in-depth snapshot, the other two complementary "flashes".

Link to the series


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