During this keynote session, in Arabic, speaker and futurist Matthew Griffin discusses the future of knowledge and insightful machines, how to spot and stop the next pandemic, and how to become a futurist.


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Firstly, thank you to Muna for asking me to present at the MBRF Knowledge Summit held at the Dubai Expo 2020 main arena on behalf of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) where leading luminaries came together in front of an audience of international dignitaries to discuss the latest developments and ideas in the Knowledge Economy and how they can be used to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.


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During my keynote session I discussed many things, including the future of knowledge itself,  with a focus on how and what we learn, and how technology is helping us learn new things in new ways – whether it’s using neurotech to upload knowledge to our minds, Matrix style, or whether it’s the emergence of AI’s that, without human input, create their own knowledge which in many respects differs from our own knowledge and “wisdom.”


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I was also asked by the organisers to present on how to think like a futurist – something I know quite well – and how we spot and, for want of a better word, solve the next pandemic.


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From new sensors and detection systems that let us spot the early emergence of the next pandemic, to new technologies that will help us counter it, we left no stone unturned and it was all done in forty minutes or so. As you can see from the video I crossed a lot of territory, and at the end of the session had changed a lot of people’s world view.

About author

Matthew Griffin

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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