• Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) and United Nations Development Programme

After years of measuring the current state of knowledge based on data from national statistical and data systems, and given the exponential growth of knowledge creation, a new knowledge measurement tool using big data is being designed to better understand the future of knowledge societies.

This report presents a pilot study, covering 20 countries, on the future fields of knowledge that will shape the future of knowledge societies.

To achieve the goal of the study, the report was divided into four chapters. A detailed methodology is presented in Chapter 2, followed by a detailed analysis of the main findings in Chapter 3, then discussions on key knowledge issues, perspectives, and trends in Chapter 4. The chapters are interlinked with one another in order to give the reader a holistic approach to the future of knowledge societies.

The purpose of this report is

  • - To have a better understanding of today’s strong and weak signals in the next wave of (technology) disruption by testing a new way to capture and analyse real-time data associated with five key future fields of knowledge: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Biotechnology, and Future Skills;

  • - To accelerate knowledge development by helping country leaders to benchmark their performance against that of front-runners.