Dubai Future Forum

Dubai Future Forum to set course for humanity

From 10-12 October, 400 of the world’s leading futurists, experts and innovators will gather at the Museum of the Future for the inaugural Dubai Future Forum to predict what the future of humanity could be in all key areas, from the climate crisis to the ongoing development of artificial intelligence.

The inaugural Dubai Future Forum will feature 30 sessions, including panel discussions and live debates on topics such as advances in artificial intelligence (AI), bridging the digital divide, hydrogen’s readiness to take the place of oil and gas in energy, interplanetary colonisation and a future climate scenario in which the 2°C global warming threshold is crossed.

The Forum sessions, in which more than 45 organisations will participate, will focus on four main themes: the future of our world, reducing existential risk, what it means to be human and hedging our bets through foresight.

Each theme will explore how humanity and technology can come together to tackle some of the most pressing crises currently facing the world, from the climate crisis to rising energy prices and the continued vulnerability of global health infrastructure.

Under the theme “The Future of our World”, sessions will look at the most significant transformations facing individuals, societies and governments, and what they mean for our future 20, 30 and 40 years from now. These sessions will invite participants to discuss space migration and the possibility of people becoming an interplanetary civilisation, the growing digital divide between the connected, the unconnected and the under-connected, and whether living in a truly digital reality is possible in the near future.

When the focus shifts to ” Mitigating Existential Risk”, the sessions will aim to answer the question: how can we develop meaningful and effective foresight methods? The sessions will look at how foresight as a discipline and practice is developing and how it can help us deal with the opportunities and risks we face.

Under the theme ‘What does it mean to be human?’, the sessions will feature industry experts who will explore the impact of technological advances and trends on their specific sectors and industries, including energy, commerce and manufacturing.

And under the fourth theme – ‘Hedging our Bets through Foresight’ – participating futurists will lead a series of workshops that will explore the impact of the paradigm shift on humanity, in particular the growing integration of technology into our daily lives and communities, and the many ethical implications it brings with it.

Dubai Future Forum will be held annually at the Centre for Hope and Innovation, Museum of the Future, Dubai Future Foundation, to support the Dubai Future Agenda by providing new networking and community-building opportunities for global thought leaders to come together and develop collaborative solutions for an inclusive and sustainable future.