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Abu-Ghazaleh Calls on the Military to Become Technology Creators

DUBAI- HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh stated that the world is going into a knowledge revolution and the whole world should be ready for the fourth industrial revolution.

Speaking at the Dubai Helishow 2018, Middle East's First Dedicated Exhibition for Helicopter Industry held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai at the Royal Pavilion, Al Maktoum International Airport, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh stressed on the fact that soon singularity will be part of life.

"We are heading towards something completely different and I would like to state to the military that we will be living in a world of singularity where machines and human beings live in one community and they will be communicating and interacting in all aspects of life and we need to be ready for this as it is inevitable," Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh who led the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force (UN ICT TF) said.

"I am not a military person but we are interested in the military and we are privileged that we have a partnership with the Jordanian Armed Forces and this joint agreement is focused on one thing: innovation in the military, how can we develop technologies for inventions and create incubators that would provide facilities for local inventions," Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh, chair of the UN Global Alliance for ICT for Development added.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh believes that there should be standardization in the military industry calling on the Military to embrace the private sector.

"The private sector is the creator of knowledge and wealth and the user of your services and we feel proud of your dedication but I think you need to partner with the private sector," he said stressing on the new Internet of Things (IoT) which will replace the traditional Internet.  

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh tackled the lack of innovation in the air travel industry saying that there is a need to innovate to make a better and more advanced future and the helicopter industry needs to realize that the world is changing fast through placing more effort and dedication.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh, chair of the Coalition for Sustainable Urbanization and United Nations World Tourism Organization Special Ambassador focused on the future that can only happen by embracing technology giving an example of the International Smart Center hosted by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization in partnership with the UNWTO with the sole purpose of implementing technology such as big data in various fields such as tourism and air travel should also be part of the revolution.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh, who has been involved in the ICT world for decades discussed the age of Artificial Intelligence, smart real-time technologies, driverless cars, robots, augmented reality and high-speed Internet.

"I had the privilege to be in a panel with Bill Gates and asked him how do you describe the rest of this century and he said Artificial Intelligence (AI) and we are taking advantage of our strong presence around the world with 110+ offices in promoting latest technologies in the Arab world," he said.
He concluded by presenting Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College for Innovation (TAGUCI), an entity where no student is able to graduate unless they innovate a new ICT-related product or service in various fields.

"I am fascinated by everything related to knowledge and innovation and in my latest book "The Brave Knowledge World" I stressed that technology can raise the level of education to fit the knowledge world and that we need to invest heavily in technology if we want a better future for the next generation," he concluded.

The 2018 edition of the event features two exclusive conferences" – Helicopter Technology and Operations Conference" and the "Military and Homeland Security Conference" aiming to highlight important topics such as how to empower police forces with Internet of Things (IoT) tools; the role of women in homeland security; application of robotics in security and helicopters in addition to others.