Attendees listen to a panel discussion at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — With an expansive global view of the rapidly changing world and a humility born from the Arabic expression, “inshallah” — or God willing — a glimpse of the future came more clearly into focus at the World Government Summit in Dubai, at the close of the World Expo here in the United Arab Emirates.
“Today we are so interconnected that everyone needs to know what’s happening outside their general domain. But they also need to understand how it will affect them,” said His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, the minister of state for artificial intelligence for United Arab Emirates.
The World Government Summit centered on a theme of “Shaping Future Governments.” Government leaders, thought leaders from business and academia, and media members from dozens of countries participated in presentations touching every part of the global economy, and comes at a time of war in Ukraine and after years of the global coronavirus pandemic.
So what is to be done? How does the world capitalize on technological advances while solving problems exacerbated by those same advances?
My colleague Hal Boyd and I sat down with Al Olama to discuss the rapid rise of Dubai as a global center of business and finance, and to learn of the solutions put forth by the UAE and those attending this important conference. He has held his ministerial position as the head of artificial intelligence since 2017, with responsibilities added in 2020 to become minister of state for artificial intelligence, digital economy and remote work applications. The office has a simple statement emblematic of its importance and the challenges ahead: “AI will change the world.”
Here is our conversation, slightly edited for clarity and length. The interview was conducted in English.
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