The Future of Knowledge: from Sci-Fi to Dubai

Posted on March 16, 2021

The power of the human imagination to predict the future is awe-inspiring. In the novels of Jules Verne and Philip K. Dick, and films that predicted the future of news media, such as Sidney Lumet’s film Network, from 1976. Art, film, and literature have an uncanny knack for predicting what is to come.

The BBC recently looked at 10 ways science fiction predicted the future – from the mass-surveillance systems envisioned by George Orwell in his 1948 novel, 1984, to the tablets Arthur C. Clarke dreamed up in his 1968 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“In the current world of 4G networks and broadband in practically every home, it’s difficult to imagine a present without the internet. Published in pre-web 1984, William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer predicted amongst other things; the World Wide Web, hacking and virtual reality. This was all almost a decade before the internet became what we know today.”

Without knowledge and vision, none of these things would have been possible – either as realities or as artistic dreams. With that in mind, we will be discussing The Future of Knowledge during a Future Framing Session, organised in partnership with EY, taking place on March 17.

Only through utilizing knowledge to its fullest, can we increase awareness of emerging risks so that our world and its citizens will be better prepared for new challenges. Imagine how different the past 15 months could have been, if we had used our knowledge to prevent or combat the Covid-19 pandemic?


Make sure you register for the session to join in the conversation.


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