UAE opens ‘museum of the future’ on eve of World Government Summit

The Museum focuses on shaping the future of robotics and artificial intelligence and their impact on human life

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On the eve of the World Government Summit, which got underway in Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the Museum of the Future at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

Organized by the Dubai Foundation for the Museum of the Future as part of the World Government Summit 2016, the Museum focuses on shaping the future of robotics and artificial intelligence and their impact on human life. It also offers a unique interactive experience to visitors by attempting to explore the future of this sector, the UAE's official news agency Wam said.

Speaking on the eve of the summit, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: "Through the World Government Summit, the UAE seeks to provide a platform that opens a window to the future and attracts experts, decision makers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to share insights and knowledge about what is good for all of humanity."

He added: "We have directed to transform the summit from an annual event into an international organisation that works throughout the year and focuses on shaping and foreseeing the future in all sectors. It will also focus on producing knowledge for future governments, launching reports and global development indicators, and building partnerships with international organisations. It will answer tomorrow’s questions and seek to build a better future to meet the demands of our societies and achieve happiness and sustainable development."

"Shaping the future cannot be done by just waiting for it but rather by utilising latest technologies and knowledge tools and meetings its challenges starting from today. This summit sends a clear message to the world that governments should own the necessary tools to enter the future, attain the aspirations of their people, and build balanced relations with other nations," he concluded.

The opening was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Mohammed Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Chairman of the World Government Summit.

This year’s Museum of the Future showcases futuristic designs that take visitors into a journey that is unanticipated in the near future. Its content development process relies on analyzing data collected from visitors’ interactions to create futuristic reports that can propose policies and decisions so that world governments can maximise the benefits of this sector.

A Growing Global Future Market The Museum of the Future has opened at a time when the growing value of the global robotics and artificial intelligence market reinforces the need for developing this sector and its tools so it becomes a key part of the agendas of governments and entrepreneurs. These future technologies are set to become a catalyst of major changes in the future. It is also expected that the intelligence of a desktop computer will be similar to the human intelligence in the coming years.

Studies indicate that the next wave of deep disruptive technologies will create a global market valued at U.S.$8.7 trillion by 2025. This reflects the growing importance of such sectors and their increasing role in changing the lives of societies.

The Museum of the Future allows free entry to the public from 6pm to 8pm. This is the first time that it welcomes the general public, allowing students, researchers, and everyone who is interested to experience an interactive journey that foresees the future of robots and artificial intelligence and their impact on human life as well as on government and non-governmental sectors.