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Since 2017, Ideas Abu Dhabi has created a vibrant platform for thinkers, innovators, and policy makers to consider ‘moonshot’ ideas for changing the way we think of the world and our place in it.
Take a look at some featured sessions from previous forums below.
Reformists v Populists: The Dangers of Difficult Change
Sen. Matteo Renzi, Italian politican and former Prime Minister of Italy, discussed the reformist approach as a reaction to populism, and proposed education as the best method of combatting it.
How Hyperloop will Transform Society
Josh Giegel, CTO and Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop One, spoke about the technologies that will enable hyperloop, and its resulting transforming effects on society.
National Cyber Strategies: Challenges and Solutions
President Toomas Ilves, former President of Estonia, and Dr. Antonio Missiroli, former NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges, discussed the ever-evolving cyber challenges governments are facing, and explored implementable solutions.
The Power and Limits of AI: Present and Future
Yann LeCun, VP and Chief AI Scientist at Meta, explored the potential applications of artificial intelligence, along with its limitations.
Polarisation – Bridging the Gaps
Rt. Hon. David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, explored avenues for bridging divides in increasingly polarized societies.
Reframe: Changing our Narratives About Each Other
H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Youth, and David Rothkopf, foreign policy, national security and political affairs analyst and commentator, discussed the increasing importance of open dialogue and reframing our narratives about each other.
Rejuvenating Biotech: Why Age May Soon Cease to Mean Aging
Dr. Aubrey De Grey, a biomedical gerontologist and the Chief Science Officer at SENS Research Foundation, argues that ageing can be treated as a disease that can be cured.
From Great Degeneration to Backlash Against Globalization
Professor Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, author, and Emmy award winning filmaker, looks into the current global political situation, and in particular, warns against confusing populism with fascism.
Why the Red Planet is the Next Destination for Mankind
Dr. Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to step on the moon in the first Lunar landing during the Apollo 11 mission, and Dr. Andrew Aldrin, Director of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute, delivered a joint talk exploring permanent habitation on Mars.