Davos 2020: What to expect

The World Economic Forum's 50th meeting is getting underway in Davos, Switzerland, with an agenda as packed and as pressing as one might expect

This week, Davos 2020 – one of the most anticipated annual meetings of the year – is kicking off. Taking place in Davos (of course), Switzerland, some of the most powerful and influential minds and leaders will congregate at the World Economic Forum to discuss some of the most pressing matters affecting us today.

This year’s slogan is “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.” Despite this, the current technology landscape is a hot topic for discussion at the event. Today, we are teetering on the edge of a new age: an age of innovation and digitalisation unlike anything we have ever seen before. The advancements in tech have brought all the future to the now, such as self-driving cars and more mainstream cryptocurrency/blockchain.

New era, new problems

As delightful as these new developments are, this new era of technology brings a number of new concerns with it. In particular, this year will cover how best to govern technologies driving Industry 4.0. This includes covering the risks as well as the benefits newer technologies present.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a particular cause for concern; currently, it lacks any governance or ethical frameworks. As well as this, malicious applications of AI, such as deepfake technology, are also a pressing topic. On a similar note, leaders will also be discussing how to avoid a technology war.

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