Activists, policy makers, scientists and industry leaders are gathering at the Dubai Future Conference this week to discuss how society, government and technology could look in the next 20, 30 or 40 years.
The meeting is held in the hall of Museum of the Future Tuesday and Wednesday and will welcome 70 future people from around the world, who will share their vision.
Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, will deliver the opening speech.
“Dubai Future Forum is an annual forum to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the future, identify priorities, and strengthen cooperation between the government, private sector and society to adapt to the rapidly developing world around us,” he said.
Amy Webb from the Future Today Institute will be the keynote speaker.
“Executives, government leaders, policy makers and central banks are facing great volatility and uncertainty,” he said.
“Their decisions today will determine the long-term fate of human civilization.
“Strategic thinking has never been more urgent and important. The world’s leading forecasters are gathering at the Dubai Future Forum to challenge leaders – and each other – to be more ambitious in meeting our emerging global challenges.”
Renowned futurist and theoretical physicist Dr Michio Kaku will also be speaking.
The future of government
The conference will highlight how governments are dealing with the changes happening around the world.
The first panel session will be on how governments can reduce challenges through vision.
Speakers will include Abdulla Nasser Lootah, Director-General of the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, and Sophie Howe, Welsh commissioner for future generations.
There will also be a panel on whether international borders will still exist in the future, when society continues to produce more “global citizens”.
Speakers will discuss whether cultural citizenship still plays an important part in individual and social identity.
The future of technology
Technology will also be considered at the conference.
There will be discussions about alternative forms of digital currencies, whether personal data can be monetized by businesses, and whether personal data can be used as a medium of exchange to pay for digital services.
Another panel session will share thoughts on whether digital poverty is the new global crisis.
Panelists will discuss the impact of digital transformation on social and economic equality.
The future of the aerospace industry
Experts will discuss whether space agencies and companies should focus on “space exploration” or “space colonization”.
Billionaire Elon Musk hopes to send one million people to Mars by 2050.
But his plans are often criticized by scientists, who say that the Red Planet has such a bad situation that it is impossible to live.
There have been calls by scientists for space agencies and companies to focus instead on improving the health of the Earth, including combating climate change.
Terraforming Mars will also be discussed. That is the process of modifying a planet’s atmosphere to make it habitable.
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Updated: October 11, 2022, 5:29 AM