Technology and Innovation Report 2021

UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade & Development,
25 February 2021, International

Catching technological waves

The great divides between countries

Human development has been spurred by changes in technology. But so has inequality. Today's staggering inequalities began to appear with the industrial revolution. The pace of technological change is accelerating due to digitalization and frontier technologies. New technologies can have severe downsides if they outpace a society's ability to adapt.