The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation launches the Knowledge Dialogues Series 2022 on the sidelines of its participation in the London International Book Fair

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the knowledge partner, is taking part in a leading pavilion at the London International Book Fair, which is in the Olympic Hall London from 5-7 April, as stated in The Framework of its role as a leading institution in the consolidation of knowledge in regional and global societies, and the zeal to exchange ideas and opinions and discussions and debate on the most important issues, especially since the exhibition is the oldest international exhibition in the world and has the participation of more than 20 thousand publishers.

The Foundation’s pavilion highlights the knowledge programs and projects it undertakes in collaboration with strategic partners, for example, but not limited to, the various Arabic and English versions of the Global Knowledge Index Report, the Future of Knowledge Foresight Report, and the review of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award and the Digital Knowledge Center and the Nobel Museums and previous cycles of the Knowledge Summit.

His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, Executive Director of the Foundation, said: “The Foundation seeks to consolidate its leading position in the world and to continue its tireless pursuit of cooperation with bodies and organizations around the world through support and participation in major knowledge initiatives and events, as it maintains its active role in the field of knowledge worldwide, in commitment to its vision aimed at: Improving knowledge transfer and dissemination pathways in societies in order to foresee the future and embrace innovation and knowledge entrepreneurship to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development for all mankind.

His Excellency added: “The Foundation’s agenda at the London Book Fair includes the launch of the Knowledge Dialogues series, which will continue in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program throughout 2022. The Knowledge Dialogues come as a result of the tireless effort led by the Foundation during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, in its desire to continue to work to explore the opportunities and challenges of building knowledge societies.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation’s pavilion witnessed the launch of the “Knowledge Dialogues 2022” series, which aims to discuss key current knowledge issues with the participation of a group of prominent speakers and global analysts, to a set of innovative and diverse ideas on topics with global impact, in collaboration with the United Nations Program United Development.

The first day of the “Knowledge Dialogues 2022” series included two discussion sessions, in which Dave Katz, co-founder of Intuizi and Learning Doctors, participated in the first session, entitled “Half Human, Half Machine”.

At the beginning of the session, Katz spoke about the visions of researchers and specialists for more than 22 years about the future, saying: “In the year 2000, there were predictions over the next twenty years, in which people will become half human and half machine. This is something that was a shock to us, as he expected Everyone, when we reach this time in which we are now, each of us will have silicone chips in the brain, it changes the term human, but so far it has still is not happening, and there are serious efforts by scientists. “

He explained that what distinguishes man from the rest of living beings is conscious and creative thinking thanks to brain activities, and it is good to think differently about the nature of the human race in the future, and this is a natural consequence of human development. , and note that the world is keeping pace with accelerated development to integrate technology into many businesses. In the near future, man will not be far from being half a machine.

Katz stressed that scientists so far will not be able to make a qualitative leap to implant chips or chips in the human body, but he expects that there will be a boom within twenty years, especially in light of the efforts that by developers and scientists in brain technologies, review of the gradual development that the phone testifies to In recent years, cell phones have played a major role in human life.

Dave Katz gave an extensive presentation on the difference between silicone brains and natural “organic” brains, pointing out that merging these two types in the future will lead the world to human civilization and rid the world of challenges, given what allow silicone brains. for the collection of data and information and the processing of big data And extrapolation of the results, and which is characterized by the organic brains of creative thinking and intuition.

He stressed that the human race will undergo a transformation over the next forty years, saying: “This reality will be shaped, and people will consider morals and the collective interest in the light of the great consciousness they will possess. “so that the future will be good, because it’s in everyone’s interest.”

In the second session, entitled “Information and Communication Technologies in the Service of Knowledge-Based Economies”, Paul Foley, CEO of Tech4i, discussed the importance of governments recognizing the ability of families in societies to access and the Internet to use, facilitate. , which has a positive effect on economies.

Foley reviewed the European Commission’s studies on indicators of domestic use of the Internet to increase the level of coverage for it, according to which the Commission allocated around € 30 billion to help

families to access the Internet, emphasizing the importance of information and communication technology in communication and its contribution to removing geographical barriers between all.

Speaking about the development of information and communication technologies since the beginning of the third millennium, Foley said: the first place, as it allows us, except social communication, digital banking, health services and purchases and sales, as well as the press and newspapers. So no one should be excluded and everyone should have access to the internet. “

Foley pointed out that information and communication technology offers great opportunities for companies, regardless of their size, as it has helped them develop products and innovate services, and gain access to many different geographic markets, explaining: “The world was fortunate in the presence of the internet during the last two years, which has played a major role in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, given that it has caused an increase in internet usage by 25-30% during the week, more initiatives, legislation and policies need to be taken to access the internet, and it is important that there will be a global commitment to help everyone access the internet. “

Paul Foley said that information and communication technology provides very important information about the nature of user behavior that commercial and telecommunications companies benefit from, and that it has a positive impact on the digital economy, as investing in the sector is a sustainable investment with a yield and efficiency, especially as the sector is the backbone of all sectors, and supports governments and policymakers to make appropriate decisions.

He said: “Knowledge is needed in many projects and tasks to achieve it, but there are some industries and projects that depend on productivity and not knowledge, and therefore knowledge here is a relative process. It is better for countries to develop.the development of indicators and standards for what data and information is available and available, along with strategies The obvious, to restore balance and know how important the sector is to government and how it can bear fruit , given that the sector is built on two parts, the first is profits and the second is social welfare.

Paul emphasized the importance of gender equality in the ICT sector and pointed out that the sector is limited to men, but over time the female component has proved its worth, and there is an urgent need to achieve equality and full opportunity. to give to women. .

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