Set to appear for a second time, South African-American billionaire Elon Musk will be among the hundreds of ministers, business chiefs, decision-makers, and experts from around the globe to gather in Dubai for the World Government Summit. With Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter under his belt he is currently the second richest man on the planet after being overtaken by Bernard Arnault, CEO and Chair of LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton).
The three-day summit (from Feb. 12 to 15) will feature leaders’ reflections on significant issues such as how artificial intelligence is changing the nature of employment, the challenge of feeding the world’s population, and the pressing need to combat climate change.
In his first appearance at the World Government Summit in Dubai in 2017, Musk proposed that politicians should pay closer attention to the effects of artificial intelligence displacing jobs during a live session. Additionally, he mentioned the necessity for governments to offer residents, “some type of universal basic income [UBI]” in order to reduce social inequality in the face of rising automation.
Along with Musk, the first Arab woman prime minister, Tunisia’s Najla Bouden, will join the summit in a talk with Ohood Al Roumi, UAE Minister of State for Government Development and Future.