Warp Institute and Warp News are part of the World's Fair in Dubai, dubbed Expo 2020. World Fairs have a history dating back to 1791, but perhaps the most famous was the one in Paris in 1891 for which they built the Eiffel Tower. Warp is in Dubai for a week and is arranging five events, participating in panels, and giving speeches at a number of other events.
We were invited by the Swedish pavilion and will report on the events that we have arranged ourselves or are participating in, and also visit other pavilions and events to report on the interesting things that we find. I have already spoken to two exciting startups who are here and participated in the launch of Space for Wildlife. The Peace Parks Foundation uses space technology to stop the hunting of endangered animals.
At Expo 2020 (which was meant to be held last year), we do what we always do - spread fact-based optimism in order to make the future come sooner. Above all, we are highlighting Optimist’s Edge. This is the edge that fact-based optimists have when they look past the negative headlines and naive pessimists and see reality for what it is. Huge opportunities often hide there.
We are arranging a Warp Institute Day with a focus on how we can make our future in space come sooner. We will also talk about why we need space to fix problems on Earth, asteroid mining, global satellite internet, and how you will be able to afford to go to space in just ten years.
Dubai is a unique place. In the middle of the desert, the expansion of a super-modern city is embodied by dozens of skyscrapers. Among these is the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building that stretches almost a kilometer into the air. The buildings next door, which are maybe about 500 meters, look small in comparison. On the way to Expo 2020, you see almost as many oil power plants, and it is from that oil that both the cheap energy and money come that built this city.
Something that is not the least bit modern is governance. Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, which is a harsh dictatorship, ranked as Not Free by Freedom House and receives only 17 out of a maximum of 100 points for its respect for human rights. By comparison, the top countries - Finland, Norway, and Sweden - get 100 points.
Warp is represented on-site by me, Mathias Sundin, and Carolina Olsson.