SINGAPORE (21 June 2021) – What does Responsible innovation mean to you? Sustainability, environment, green technology, energy efficient, zero-waste, carbon neutral, recyclable, change, ethical, smart regulations?
During this difficult global change, our values have changed, which is a topic of alignment with the complicated relationship with technology, where some see it as merely a tool, we have in fact become technology. It is no longer a one-way exchange of us just using a tool.
Says David Ryan Polgar, founder of All Tech Is Human, international speaker on tech ethics, and a founding member of TikTok’s content advisory council, fundamentally believes that the misunderstanding of technology, lies in power.
“The technology that we are developing and deploying is now intertwined with the future of our society”.
In the last year, OTSAW has revisited the power within its own industry. It is having ongoing conversations with industry leaders, government bodies and more importantly the community. We ask what is technology meant for and how we can use our technology for better uses.
In 2017, we began with our first robot the OR-3 autonomous security robot. OTSAW’s responsible innovation call to action began two years after with new found education and understanding of environmental impact with the OR-X UV-C LED disinfection robot. It would be mercury free, a first step in change in the right direction. With a plan to be energy efficient and safer for humans, we were able to apply this to aviation disinfection robots AEROX. Recently added is the AIRGUARD, an air disinfection module and the CAMELLO, last-mile autonomous delivery robot.
2. National Environmental Agency ( NEA)
Not so much innovation but more of green participation, part of NEA’s e-waste Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme is to deploy more than 300 electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) recycling bins, across Singapore in public areas from July 1st. Members of the public can earn points that can be redeemed for shopping vouchers when they recycle their e-waste at these bins.
According to CNA , the e-waste recycling bins are now available at four locations for the public to deposit their information and communication technology equipment at selected Dairy Farm Group and Harvey Norman outlets.
ALBA E-Waste Smart Recycling is NEA’s appointed Producer Responsibility Scheme operator. They will channel the e-waste collected by retailers to licensed e-waste recyclers for recycling. The list of bin locations will be available on ALBA’s website from Jul 1, ALBA’s STEP UP Sustainability mobile app.
3. Surbana Jurong
Surbana Jurong is a global infrastructure and urban consultant powerhouse, with the opportunity to turn abstract green goals and targets into green technology reality.
Atelier Ten, Robert Bird Group and B+H lend their expertise to Surbana Jurong to mitigate the damaging effect of construction on the environment. They use nature-based designs and biomimicry, green steel and super low carbon approaches that track embodied carbon in concrete.
Recently Surbana signed with Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd (SLNG), the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore and the National University of Singapore (NUS), a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). They will collaboratively explore the development of a Proof-of-Value (POV) for a Green Modular Data Centre System, which would be the first-of-its-kind in Singapore, if proven feasible.
The collaboration is in line with the global search for sustainable solutions to meet the growing demands for data centre rack space. The project will also explore powering the prototype system with renewable solar energy or green power backup using hydrogen fuel cell, instead of a diesel power generation set.
If the concept proves successful, the responsible innovation system has the potential to save 0.2 MW of power, roughly equivalent to a carbon footprint reduction of 700 tonnes per year, or carbon sequestered by around 11,575 tree seedlings planted and grown over 10 years.
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