Stella Papadopoulou

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lockchain, or distributed ledger technology, could soon give rise to a new internet era even more disruptive and transformative than the current one, according to a white paper, Realizing the Potential of Blockchain, published by the World Economic Forum today.

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t’s not the armies of killer robots, but the impact on society that should worry us most about artificial intelligence: profound changes in the job market and in the nature of work, exacerbated income and wealth inequality, and a widening “AI divide” separating AI haves from have-nots.

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ay goodbye to the past and live in the future, the modern face of cities as know them is set to be revolutionized, noted panellists in a session on the future of smart cities on the opening day of the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions.

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diverse range of breakthrough technologies, including “artificial leaves” that turn CO2 into fuel, and a technique that harvests water from air, could soon be playing a role in tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, according to the Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2017, an annual list which is published today.

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nnovation is a key development tool that could boost economies and provide a way out of the growing squeeze on the world's food resources – one of the major challenges of the 21st century – according to a new United Nations report.

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he world is now adding more green energy capacity each year than it adds in new capacity from all fossil fuels combined, a United Nations-backed report revealed today, showing that the “renewables train has already left the station” and those who ignore this will be left behind.

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usiness-to-business platforms have the potential to create enormous value for businesses, innovation and society but could be hindered without greater efforts to establish standards and trust according to a new report, Unlocking B2B Platform Value, launched at the Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its 2017 Industry Strategy Meeting.

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he world’s six largest pension systems will have a joint shortfall of $224 trillion by 2050, imperiling the incomes of future generations and setting the industrialized world up for the biggest pension crisis in history.

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ising income and wealth disparity is the trend likely to most affect the Arab world in the coming years. Polarization of societies could have the second-largest impact, followed by cyber-dependency and climate change. Based on the results of surveys conducted among a group of global experts and businesses from the region, these findings are part of the briefing on the New Economic Context for the Arab World.

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he Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is endowed with a young, growing and increasingly well-educated population, which, if skilled for tomorrow’s jobs and offered new and productive employment opportunities, has the potential to significantly enhance the region’s growth.

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