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Digital Twins Could Help Society Solve Key Sustainability Challenges


"Digital twins have the potential to be used for the aim of achieving ambitious sustainable development targets, such as the goals laid out in the United Nations SDGs,” said Catherine Richards of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the U

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The transformative potential of digital twins could have a profound influence on how society addresses global sustainability challenges, but more inclusive, reliable and responsive computer simulations are needed to support these efforts, say researchers in a study recently published in 'Nature Sustainability' journal.

"Digital twins can enable the creation of scenario-based 'what-if' simulations to inform planning and operation decisions. However, challenges do exist and close attention must be paid to addressing these barriers, with a focus on inclusive design, accessibility and diversity," said Catherine Richards of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge.

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