Dubai: In line its objectives to highlight the endless opportunities the Future presents, the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) has revealed the ‘Future Opportunities Report: The Global 50’ to draw attention to the most encouraging opportunities across different critical and future sectors in the next 50 years.
The Report will introduce the most prominent major trends of the future to decision-makers in both public and private sectors, thought leaders, innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs and the people in the UAE and across the globe.
The ‘Future Opportunities Report’ is expected to help leadership across all domains to create strategies and plans, and contribute to launching a global dialogue to identify positive transformations to serve humanity and build a better future.
The document unveils 50 Global Opportunities across 5 main pillars namely, Nature and Sustainability, Enabling Societies, Health, Human Relation with Technology, and Future Innovations.
NATURE AND SUSTAINABILITY
The first pillar includes seven opportunities that focus on employing the development of technology and biomaterials to reduce the volume of plastic waste, storing harmful gases in depleted onshore and offshore oil and gas fields, modifying types of materials, trees and plants to contribute to achieving zero carbon emissions, and greening deserts. It aims to increase habitable areas, protect the oceans and their ecosystems and fisheries, and rely on renewable and sustainable energy sources that are safe, cheap and low in emissions.
The “Enabling Societies” Pillar consists of 11 global opportunities that include the government role in developing legislations, achieving individual needs, ensuring the safety and privacy of personal data, launching a global charter for genetic engineering and genomics applications, setting a framework that defines the rights of robots in complementarity with human rights, providing electric power to all societies and reducing its costs, and assist countries in facing the effects of the climate change.
In addition, it also employs modern technology in the development of the educational system, enhancing levels of happiness and enabling talents to innovate.
This third pillar consists of seven main global opportunities represented in employing technologies to identify mental and psychological health problems, use non-surgical monitoring techniques to produce medicines on demand, personalize treatments, and enhance data exchange mechanisms to increase healthcare efficiency and research rare diseases and epidemics globally.
HUMAN RELATIONSHIP WITH TECHNOLOGY
The pillar Human Relationship with Technology consists of 13 primary opportunities, focusing on providing access to the virtual world without needing devices, moving to the concept of comprehensive and rapid manufacturing, accelerating international shipping, and employing smart machines and technologies to enhance governance and decision-making mechanisms.
The pillar will also focus on integrating software solutions to increase the efficiency of work from anywhere in the world, and cloning memory and knowledge from the human brain and storing it to serve individuals and society.
This pillar includes many global opportunities associated with innovation in the use of new technologies, reliance on biological materials instead of products and chemicals, providing sustainable water resources, and developing international standards for the total cost and actual value of all economic activities and their social environmental impacts.
In addition, is the adoption of the concept of carbon credits, the transition of commercial and social activities to virtual reality, and the availability of data for all to benefit from in developing vital sectors.
The ten major future trends identified by the report include;
- The development in sciences of biological and synthetic materials
- The decrease in the cost of data and the focus on the quality of analyzing it
- The increase in the security vulnerabilities in systems and infrastructure
- The development of technologies for generation and storage of electric energy
- The rise in investment in ecosystems management
- The need to develop legislation and mechanisms for international disputes
- The growth of virtual and digital world applications
- The reach of autonomous robots
- The need to redefine humanitarian goals in light of the spread of artificial intelligence and advanced technology, and
- The development of innovative health and agricultural technologies.
The full report is available at the dedicated page.