SDG 1 aims to achieve a world without poverty. However, today, poverty is complicated by the the advancements of technology, such as automation. For example, the House of Fraser in the UK has closed down because customers are now shopping online; now, many businesses are closing down stores because there is no demand for them. This, however, affects the livelihoods of all those working with them. Now, hundreds of people are without jobs, and this number is growing every day. This is extremely problematic, as how can we end poverty if people are without jobs? 

In some countries, however, technology could be of importance to reduce unemployment and end poverty.

What are your thoughts on this issue and how can we use technology and science to create more jobs (which can, in turn, lead a family out of the cycle of poverty)?

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  1. For my Junior Academy project recently, I watched this video about Looking Glass’s volumetric lightfield (hologram) displays, and how people, even ‘less skilled’, will in future be able to interact with the 3D medium very intuitively to create and communicate. I like this technology very much as it can connect and be shared between people instead of separating them in the way Augmented or Virtual Reality does, and complementing their work, rather than taking it from them:

    Many higher quality educational and news sites require payment, and so the access to the benefits of education, scientific knowledge, technology, connections to jobs that match, and career enriching opportunities aren’t available to all. I think we need to democratise education and make high quality science and technology education freely available online (instead of the current situation where false information and low level content is more visible and spreads faster) and not hold knowledge as something just for those who can afford to access it. Technology could help to match people with jobs they have interest in and can help them gain the skills they need.

    We also need more adaptable business models, so that companies and staff can adapt quickly as the world develops, staying relevant, and to incentivise businesses to be better aligned with the SDGs and needs of our planet (not just their shareholders’ interests).

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