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Exploring the social dimensions of autonomous and remote operation mining: Applying Social License in Design
Published by: Sustainable Minerals Institute
This report sumarises the findings of a three‐year study investigating the social dimensions of autonomous and remote operations technologies in the Australian mining sector. These new technologies offer the potential for lower labour and operating costs, improved operational efficiency and a safer, more attractive working environment – all contributing to a more competitive mining industry. While the broader economic benefits of these technologies could be substantial, there may also be some undesired social impacts associated with the large-‐scale uptake of autonomous and remote operation technologies.