Technology has changed the operations of the extractive industry in numerous ways such as: automation, the use of big data, remote sensing, and new means of processing various minerals. It is aiding the development of new types of extraction, such as potentially from asteroids or in deep sea mining. Technology has also helped to mitigate the carbon footprint of the extractives industry, increasing resource efficiency and improving materials stewardship. However, technological developments can also cause conflicts around issues such as loss of jobs due to automation. This chapter dives into a couple of specific examples of technology use deep sea mining and drilling in the Arctic.
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