DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Breakthroughs in quantum computing will enable humans to cure diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s as easily as we treat the common cold.
This was one of the key findings of the Dubai Future Forum, which brought together renowned theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku told the world’s largest gathering of futurists that humanity should prepare for “major changes” in healthcare.
The forum ended with a call for governments to institutionalize foresight and embed it in decision-making.
Amy Webb, CEO of the Future Today Institute, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at the Museum of the Future, criticized nations for being too preoccupied with the present and focusing too much on producing white papers, reports and focus on policy recommendations rather than action.
“Novism is a virus. Businesses and governments are infected,” she said.
A panel session heard how humans could be ready to test life on the moon in just 15 years and be ready for life on Mars in another decade. dr Sharing his predictions for the future, Kaku also said there is “a very good chance” that humans will receive a signal from another intelligent life form this century.
dr Jamie Metzl, Founder and Chairman of OneShared.World, urged people to eat more lab-grown meat to help fight global warming and food insecurity.
“If we treat them as a means to our diet, wouldn’t it be better than raising the animal to raise the meat?” he said.
Among the 70 speakers attending the sessions were several UAE ministers. HE Mohammad Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Deputy Chairman, Board of Trustees and Executive Director of the Dubai Future Foundation, said ministers around the world should see themselves as “designers of the future”. “Our stakeholders are 7.98 billion people around the world,” he noted.
Dubai’s forward-thinking approach was lauded by delegates including HE Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, who said: “What makes our city and country prosper is not natural resources but a unique ability to encompass all ideas and individuals.”
More than 30 sessions covered topics such as immortality, AI sensitivity, climate change, terraforming, genome sequencing, legislation and the energy transition.