Futurist Keynote, UK: Education in the Exponential Era, GEMS

Futurist Keynote, UK: Education in the Exponential Era, GEMS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone agrees that today’s industrial education strategies are not fit for purpose and will ultimately leave us with a huge skills gap in the future.   Firstly, I would like to thank the team at GEMS, the world’s largest private school company, with over 150,000...

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Emirates boss says future aircraft will be windowless

Emirates boss says future aircraft will be windowless

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Windows on airplanes add upto 50 percent to the weight of the aircraft, and reduce their structural integrity, so people want to get rid of them.   Would you want to fly eight hours or more on an airplane with no windows? Absolutely you would I...

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Futurist Keynote, Dubai: The Future of Urban Mobility 2040, GITEX

Futurist Keynote, Dubai: The Future of Urban Mobility 2040, GITEX

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rate and pace of change is accelerating, and in the next two decades the transportation industry will change more than it has in the past thousand years.   Last year I was writing about the goings on and unveilings, for example, of Dubai’s first...

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DP World and Virgin unveil Cargospeed Hyperloop

DP World and Virgin unveil Cargospeed Hyperloop

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we transport goods around the planet will change more in the next thirty years than it has in the last two hundred, and this is simply the latest announcement in a long line of transportation modernisation initiatives.   DP World has launched Cargospeed,...

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Dubai rolls out autonomous police cars to go alongside its robot police officers

Dubai rolls out autonomous police cars to go alongside its robot police officers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is changing the world of law enforcement and it’s important to experiment with new ideas that provide low visibility but highly effective policing.   A couple of weeks ago, and following on from the deployment of the regions first robot police officer at the Dubai...

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Dubai’s first Martian Colony will be on Earth, in Dubai

Dubai’s first Martian Colony will be on Earth, in Dubai

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai wants to operate a Martian colony on Mars before 2117, and now they’re planning a dress rehearsal on Earth   Just a few months on from announcing they were going to, one day, build their own colony on Mars by 2117, the United Arab...

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Volocopter puts its sky taxi through its paces above the skies of Dubai

Volocopter puts its sky taxi through its paces above the skies of Dubai

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more companies experiment with new flying taxi vehicles and commercial concepts Volocopter is increasingly finding itself edging into the lead.   Dubai is moving full steam ahead toward a futuristic skyline dotted with modern skyscrapers and flying taxis by kicking off trials of the...

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Dubai’s new solar energy park will be the world’s largest, but it’s no super volcano

Dubai’s new solar energy park will be the world’s largest, but it’s no super volcano

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy is the cheapest form of energy in over 58 countries and Dubai’s vision to create the world’s largest solar park is only going to help accelerate the demise of fossil fuels.   Dubai is a country with its sights set on the future,...

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A quarter of Dubai’s new buildings will be 3D printed by 2030

A quarter of Dubai’s new buildings will be 3D printed by 2030

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai is determined to take the lead and become a hub for the development of futuristic technologies, and now they’re pushing the boundaries again.   The ruler of Dubai is laser focused on turning Dubai in to a hub for the development of future technologies,...

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Dubai considers delaying the roll out of its flying taxi service

Dubai considers delaying the roll out of its flying taxi service

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flying taxi’s are great, but like any other responsible country Dubai wants to make sure they meet all the safety standards before they’re rolled out   Dubai is rapidly transforming itself into an Emirate that is embracing the future at full tilt, and early in...

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Futurist keynote, Dubai: The Future of Minds &Machines, Dubai IAICC International Innovation Conference

Futurist keynote, Dubai: The Future of Minds &Machines, Dubai IAICC International Innovation Conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai is a city that was gifted nothing, and had to build and earn everything, and it was a great honour to speak there, in a place that is rapidly becoming the very embodiment of the future.   Dubai Dubai so good they named it...

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Dubai’s first Robocop starts active duty

Dubai’s first Robocop starts active duty

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that robots will take a more dominant role in our society and by rolling out the world’s first robot police force Dubai has taken the first big step.   Almost two years after their initial announcement the world’s first robot policeman has...

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World first, Dubai announces it will 3D print an 80 storey skyscraper in 2020

World first, Dubai announces it will 3D print an 80 storey skyscraper in 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Company’s have begun 3D printing houses and small buildings, but noone, until now, has laid out plans to 3D print an entire skyscraper.   UAE’s ruler, His Highness Sheikh’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has a grand vision for Dubai. He wants to turn Dubai into the city...

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Dubai will start replacing real police officers with robo-cops in May

Dubai will start replacing real police officers with robo-cops in May

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As robots, and robo systems, become more capable countries are finding new uses for them, this will be the first time robo-cops are used en masse to assist the public.   Dubai is a country, or more specifically an Emirate, that’s not just looking to...

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Dubai buys 200 self-driving Teslas to complete the world’s first autonomous transportation network

Dubai buys 200 self-driving Teslas to complete the world’s first autonomous transportation network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai’s government have now got everything they need to create the world’s first, full end to end autonomous transportation network   A little over a year ago Dubai Future’s Foundation and Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced they were committed to seeing at least...

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Dubai heads to Mars, announces 2117 colonisation plans

Dubai heads to Mars, announces 2117 colonisation plans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai and the UAE aren’t just shining a light on the future, they’re building it, and now their latest ambition is to colonise Mars   Earlier this week Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined Elon Musk,...

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World’s first flying taxi service will start operations in Dubai this summer

World’s first flying taxi service will start operations in Dubai this summer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai wants to be the most futuristic city on Earth so it’s no surprise it’s going to be the first with a flying taxi service.   On Monday the emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), who’ve already announced that they’re going to be the first...

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Dubai to build the worlds first Hyperloop network by 2021

Dubai to build the worlds first Hyperloop network by 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Countries are racing to improve access to, and the mobility of, their citizens and their workforces in order to boost their economies, and new “advanced transportation technologies” are increasingly being seen as the new broadband.   Dubai is to be home to the world’s first...

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Dubai to replace real police with robocops in 2017

Dubai to replace real police with robocops in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Street police in the UAE are going to be replaced with real life, ahem, “Robocops”   Dubai’s government – who are on a tear at the moment to adopt and invest in anything futuristic – from blockchain to energy grids – via their $175 Billion ICD sovereign wealth fund and...

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Dubai announces plans to put the entire Emirate onto the blockchain

Dubai announces plans to put the entire Emirate onto the blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai wants to become less dependent on oil and the emirate is rapidly becoming one of the most progressive nations in the world.   Earlier this week, at an event hosted by the Dubai Future Foundation and the Smart Dubai Office, the Crown Prince of Dubai announced...

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