United Arab Emirates
Prioritizing the Future
From robots that can flawlessly perform backflips to electric cars that can go over 950 km (600 miles) on a single
charge, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the future is far closer than we may have previously thought. If the
missteps of the industrial revolution are any indicator, we need to start planning for that future today.
And it seems that this is precisely what the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is trying to do.
The nation’s efforts are mainly concentrated in the city of Dubai, which is already home to a number of futuristic
projects, including plans to create a “Mars science city” and build a real life hyperloop, programs for renewable
energy and electric vehicles, and tests for flying taxis and even flying jetpacks. Dubai even has an accelerator
program aimed at expediting the creation of these various futuristic technologies.
Of course, no plan for the future can be complete without considering the role that artificial intelligence (AI) will play,
so on October 19, the UAE became the first nation with a government minister dedicated to AI. Yes, the UAE now
has a minister for artificial intelligence.