As the world's population grows, we are faced with the delicate balancing act between ensuring a comfortable, healthy and meaningful life for billions of people while preserving the ecological balance of our earth’s ecosystems, already precariously close to destruction. As scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs, we believe it is our social responsibility to develop technology that can address these challenges.
In the last few decades we’ve witnessed an explosive growth in the world’s economic activity, which has lifted millions of people out of poverty. This growth was fueled by rapid scientific and technological progress happening over the last seven decades and the speedy deployment of related innovations. Economic productivity has exploded, but we have paid the price with rising social inequality and environmental destruction. For more balanced growth, we need to innovate to develop business practices consistent with the principles of sustainability, as outlined by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
While sustainability has emerged as a key concern for businesses throughout the world due to an increased awareness of the toll that population growth coupled with mass consumption has taken on the environment, many businesses are discovering that sustainable practices also help the bottom line - by cutting costs and increasing sales, their consumers increasingly aware of environmental and societal issues.
At Recursive, our goal is to collaborate with large enterprises to create innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, merging in our expertise in AI research and our client's domain knowledge. We’ve identified artificial intelligence as a key technology to not only address some of the symptoms of unsustainable business practices, but also in helping to create completely new innovative approaches that can create a more sustainable economy and lifestyle.
We’ve identified four key areas where we believe digital technology and, in particular, AI solutions can make a substantial impact on sustainability: improving efficiency, accelerating innovation, risk mitigation and better work and education. Through the coming year, we will be accelerating our efforts to disseminate information about how to identify what areas in a business can be improved using technology and how to develop such systems robustly.