Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.
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Firstly, thank you to His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Office of the Crown Prince Court of the UAE for asking me to present to them. As part of the UAE’s continued desire to explore and reap the benefits of emerging technologies and trends and understand their impact on global business, culture, and society, HH and the court convened to listen and discuss several themes of interest that included Blockchain and tokens, cryptocurrencies, NFT’s, and the Metaverse.
During the first session, and give the varied background of everyone involved, I gave the court an introduction to blockchain including discussing how it worked, its impact and trajectory, and of course those all important use cases.
Blockchain 101, by Futurist Keynote Matthew Griffin
The, during the second and third sessions we discussed cryptocurrencies as well as the future role of CBDC’s, NFT’s and the developing ecosystem, and the future role that tokens will play in helping reshape every industry and transaction in the digital, physical, and of course virtual worlds.
Metaverse 101, by Futurist Keynote Matthew Griffin
Which then neatly bought us to the final session where we discussed the metaverse and how in time, in about 20 years or so, Metaverse 2.0 could finally help us build worlds and experiences that are indistinguishable from the real thing.
We then concluded the day with an in depth discussion about the implications that all of these will, or could, have for the UAE and its future vision, all of which left me eagerly waiting for the next one.