Tuesday , 19 March 2019

Technology must drive positive change, school students agree at second Expo 2020 Dubai Next Gen World Majlis

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DUBAI: Juggling the positive and negative impacts of technology is one of the biggest challenges of the next generation, school students from across the UAE concluded during an in-depth conversation at Expo 2020 Dubai’s second Next Gen World Majlis.

The session, titled ‘Technology with heart and mind’, featured 21 students aged 13 to 17, who discussed how humanity can embrace technology as a tool to drive positive change without impacting on the current quality of life.

Held at the Expo 2020 Visitor Centre, students from schools in the UAE were asked to consider whether humanity is at risk of becoming overly dependent on technology, and how we can embrace the benefits of innovation without compromising personal creativity or intelligence.

Expo 2020’s World Majlis series is designed to address 21st century challenges through the long-established Emirati and Arab tradition of the majlis – a highly valued meeting space where people gather to gain different perspectives and share informed opinions that help shape decisions on subjects that matter to their communities.

The Next Gen World Majlis series is part of Expo 2020’s commitment to put youth at the heart of the next World Expo.

Iman Alomrani, Deputy Chief Technology Officer – Innovation and Future Technology, Expo 2020 Dubai, who hosted the Next Gen World Majlis, said it was crucial to engage young people in discussions about the effects of technology to ensure future advancements were carefully guided.

The Next Gen World Majlis series is part of Expo 2020’s commitment to put youth at the heart of the next World Expo.

Iman Alomrani, Deputy Chief Technology Officer – Innovation and Future Technology, Expo 2020 Dubai, who hosted the Next Gen World Majlis, said it was crucial to engage young people in discussions about the effects of technology to ensure future advancements were carefully guided.

“This Next Gen World Majlis conversation enabled students to share their views, ideas, hopes and concerns about technology in an open, safe and inclusive environment. There were many views discussed but it was clear to me that our youth are well prepared to use technology effectively to create a better future for humanity.”

Ameera Ismail Sharif, a student from Sharjah American International School’s Dubai campus, and a participant in the Next Gen World Majlis, said: “We can either control technology or let it control us. In my opinion, technology has resulted in some of the biggest challenges we are facing today. However, it can also be used to connect minds and create the future, which is the theme of Expo 2020 and a priority for humanity as a whole.”

As well as discussing opportunities and challenges related to future technological advancements, the Next Gen World Majlis participants also acknowledged the impact that existing innovations have had on their lives.

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