Living in the Future

Here in Dubai, we are starting to come out of lockdown ahead of many other countries. Dubai, under the Dubai Future Foundation initiative, has considered itself the testbed for the world.  Inviting startups from around the world to prototype new technologies to help craft future regulations. Now with Dubai’s enforced lockdown strategy coming to an end, it can serve as a testbed for the rest of the world and hopefully, set an example for how it worked. Just as a ...

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Interpreting Trends [COVID-19 Edition]

It’s important to follow trends and consider the implications, but are we always properly interpreting what the trends mean and the future implications of what we are observing today? Let’s look at the trending Google term ‘online grocery shopping’, both globally and locally (within the UAE). They seem to be very similar in trajectory, but what does it mean? At first glance, it seems that there was a spike following lockdown and stay-at-home orders, but now that trend is starting ...

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Building the Future & the Future of Building

Marc Andreessen recently wrote, IT’S TIME TO BUILD, an excerpt of what he wrote, “Medical equipment and financial conduits involve no rocket science whatsoever. At least therapies and vaccines are hard! Making masks and transferring money are not hard. We could have these things but we chose not to — specifically we chose not to have the mechanisms, the factories, the systems to make these things. We chose not to *build*. You don’t just see this smug complacency, this satisfaction ...

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Innovation & Education

I recently had a chance to do some work sessions for the UAE Telecommunications and Regulation Authority (TRA) regarding technology trends and disruptive innovation that are likely to make us re think our entire education curriculum. Some of the research presented was based off the extensive work previously done with my involvement with Honeybird while other was a summarized collection of the latest education trends I’ve been reviewing and been tracking for some time. The TRA, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and ...

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How Dubai can become the Self Driving Capital of the World

Following the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report and investigation after a Tesla crash last year where the vehicles autopilot system was vindicated, the benefits of self-driving autonomous vehicles are becoming more and more apparent. The report highlighted the benefits of Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) or Autopilot systems could drastically reduce rear-end crashes. Source: NHTSA Tesla Investigation  Additionally, a report by global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, estimates that Autonomous Vehicles will free up as much as 50 minutes ...

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Automation & Jobs

A fascinating and also thought-provoking look to see such automotive manufacturing in action with so few people on the line. The video is 12 minutes long, but you’ll get the point after 30 seconds as to what you are witnessing. There is another element to this automation: the knowledge worker jobs behind the scenes that programmed and created the machinery seen. But even those are like most other skilled jobs – often heavily involved at the implementation, then reduces to ...

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Hello Future!

I’ve always constantly had ideas about technology & future; noting down many ideas on a day-to-day basis, so now I’ve decided to start organizing them and adding a bit more analytical thought to them… I hope you enjoy the glimpse into some of my ideas on display in a public long form organized stream of thought.  Hopefully it sparks some discussion and ideas of your own!

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About Me

I write my thoughts here, deliver presentations on ‘developing innovation ecosystems’, develop workshops for local talent, consult & advise startups and entrepreneurs and convert ideas into startups.  Also host a podcast about the MENA startup ecosystem.

This blog is a space to share my random thoughts and personal updates. Alternatively my Instagram shares more personal experiences/updates while my Facebook page shares interesting articles.