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What environmental issues will the next generation face?


Killer Robots and the Dark Side of "Green"

OK, perhaps we shouldn’t sound the alarm yet. But William Sutherland, a zoologist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, did organize workshops to highlight upcoming environmental threats. The possibility was raised that our own robotic creations could take us over "Terminator"-style or maybe just have a negative impact on the environment. Even current popular environmentally-friendly ideas like offshore power generation could have an impact on delicate marine ecosystems. Wind power -- a very tantalizing "green" energy source -- will need to be assessed and monitored for its damage to the avian and entomological populations.

Whatever the future holds, Generation Z will need to be vigilant about continuing to monitor environmental trends. Leaning forward to forecast the environmental impact of new technology will be of utmost importance.


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