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Mining is a minefield of risks. The supply of minerals and rare earths has come at a huge cost to the world. Cost in terms of human lives and damage to the ecology. The economic and social dependency on minerals is not going away any time soon. In some ways our dependencies are deepening. Rare earths form the fundamentals of the digital world. Materials like lithium and vanadium are critical for the devices that drive our electronic world.
Now technology is returning the favour by making mining safer for people and the planet. “We predict that in 2023, mining operations will rely heavily on innovative technologies such as advanced wireless communication technologies, real-time location system (RTLS) sensors and tags, and