No. 19

Technology: Impacts, Challenges and the Future

  • 18 - 19 March 2014

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized its 19th Annual Conference – Technology: Impacts, Challenges and the Future – on 18-19 March, 2014, under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of ECSSR. The Conference addressed the possible impacts of future technological developments in various fields and the challenges facing their implementation. It focused on the potential benefits and risks they may bring for a globalized world.

The Conference proceedings began with the Welcoming Remarks of His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR. H.R.H. Princess Rym Ali, Founder of the Jordan Media Institute, Jordan, delivered the keynote address. This was followed by four separate panels that discussed the regional and global impacts of current and potential technological advances against a backdrop of growing global interconnectedness and globalization.

The effects of technological change in the spheres of politics, governance and leadership, and the related repercussions for defense, security and law enforcement were also analyzed during the Conference. It considered specific challenges posed by technology in the areas of education, media, and culture. The Conference also evaluated current and future applications of technology in the field of sustainable development, assessing technological contributions to economics, business, human resources development and trade.

The Conference concluded with an outlook for transformative future trends and opportunities that will define the technologies of tomorrow and their potential impacts on the world, focusing on emerging information systems technology in the realms of innovation and knowledge creation. It also analyzed technology forecasts and the frontiers of technological innovation with a view to determining whether we are approaching a new level of civilization.