Remarks by President Yoon Suk Yeol at Future Vision Forum in Dubai

January 17, 2023

I’d like to thank the UAE government officials here for inviting me to the Museum of the Future in Dubai and all the specialists and distinguished guests for joining us.


People usually associate a museum with things from the past, but this museum in Dubai inspires us to create a better future for humanity.


Albert Einstein said, “You can’t use an old map to explore a new world.”


We are living in a world that is changing more rapidly than ever before. Things depicted in science fiction films are now reality, and many necessities in our daily lives are just a touch away on our smart phones.


By the time we become accustomed to a new technology, it has already become obsolete.


Now, we are in need of a new map as well.


Science and technology can completely change the future, depending on what kind of science and technology are developed and how they are used.


The important thing is we have the power to choose.


To those who pursue peace and prosperity, this right to choose and control technology is as important as the right to live.


In order to properly exercise the rights given to us, we must first map out the proper future toward which we should move. Proper standards will be essential.


Human dignity is the value that cannot and should never be surrendered, under any circumstance.


We are already coexisting with various types of AI robots.


Unlike humans, the DNA of AI contains connectivity and immediacy and thus can connect with anything, including human beings. As soon as AI starts to learn, it begins to upgrade its ability.


As we grow accustomed to AI, we may run the risk of handing over all of our decision-making rights.


Science and technology should evolve through ceaseless innovation, but they must be able to fully contribute to realizing the values that we pursue.


In that sense, this phrase inscribed on the Museum of the Future in Dubai resonates profoundly with me: “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it.”


Through solidarity and cooperation based on science and technology, we must now overcome common crises that face humanity such as climate change, pandemics, an aging population and low economic growth.


At the same time, global solidarity is essential for the joint design and realization of a future that respects human dignity as the preeminent value.


The future is not something we can predict. The future is something we are constantly creating.


I hope that this event allows us to pool our wisdom as we contemplate what must be done and the best way to start.


Thank you.