There was a futurist talk by Dubai’s futurist Noah Raford.
Dr Noah Raford – Dubai Future Foundation
What does the world look like in 2068 (next 50 years)
Dubai is the intersection of Disneyland, government and business.
Dubai itself is only 47 years old. Now a huge success story
Pace of development is fast
Has first functional printed building. Has a requirement that 25% of a building must be 3D printed by 2030 to get a permit
100% of government transaction on blockchain by 2020
1. Climate change defining our future
CO2 over 400ppm last year.
2. Robotics and AI
non-physical environment will be more critical than physical
3. Genetics, genomics and synthetic biology
CRISPR has been modifying human embryos secretly for a while but recent admission in publish papers
Four forces and grid-
Scenarios based on when AI arrives and how much biotech and regulation
1. Human Zoo – AI with people with VR and AR
2. Super silicon society – before super AI, create regulated moonshots. machines in service of society
3. Biogardens by the Bay – Computational biology, Resource constraints, Bio dominant. More good governance
4. Biotech badlands – unregulated biotech. Biotech wildwest
How do we navigate the four futures
Museum of the future will open in Dubai at the end of 2019.
First email from Raford proposing Blockchain for Dubai-
made Global blockchain council
Dubai is a testbed for leading the way to the future
AR/VR/Wearable challenge for the museum for the future
Here is some background on Raford who gave a futurist talk prior to a blockchain panel.
Noah Raford is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Futurist-in-Chief of the Dubai Future Foundation. He was also a former advisor on futures, foresight, and innovation in the UAE Prime Minister’s Office.
Noah helped establish the UAE’s first national foresight unit, helped established the Dubai Future Foundation and the Museum of the Future, and is part of a team that identifies emerging opportunities, strategic partnerships, and future initiatives for the Government of Dubai.
Crisis as catalyst. Risk as renewal.
Climate change, technological innovation, resource shortage, political and social change, unexpected shifts in business landscape and the increasing incidence natural & technical disasters demand a new context for how we plan our lives. The U.S. Army War College calls this the “VUCA Context“; Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.
VUCA conditions lead to a shift in how we understand and enact strategic planning. They create a crisis in how we govern and manage organizations.
Brian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Anti-aging Biotechnology, and Nanotechnology.
Known for identifying cutting edge technologies, he is currently a Co-Founder of a startup and fundraiser for high potential early-stage companies. He is the Head of Research for Allocations for deep technology investments and an Angel Investor at Space Angels.
A frequent speaker at corporations, he has been a TEDx speaker, a Singularity University speaker and guest at numerous interviews for radio and podcasts. He is open to public speaking and advising engagements.