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A knowledge report released by the World Government Summit Foundation confirmed that the spread of advanced technology represents a major challenge for future industry efforts and the promotion of the global development process, as a result of the limited authorities leading the production of advanced. systems and their vital components, especially chips and semiconductors, which pose a challenge to the spread of knowledge and science, the rapid advancement of technology, and the delay of the next phase of technical leaps.
The report, published by the Summit Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Technological Innovation (TII), the leading global research institution specializing in advanced research and innovation in quantum computing, autonomous robotics, and cryptography, provided an integrated presentation on the challenges with it. which countries face in the process of developing their technological and innovative infrastructure to foster global growth.
The report, entitled “The Balanced Approach Needed to Unleash Hardware Innovation,” notes that specific companies operating in the market have become almost the only source of chips and semiconductors and dominate entire sectors. For example, most computers and data centers in the world rely on chips from my company. US Intel and AMD, while mobile phone chips are distributed worldwide to Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung of Korea and MediaTek of Taiwan. While the chips used in the graphic and artificial intelligence sector are under the control of the American “Nvidia”, while the American “Cisco” and the Chinese “Huawei” share the control over the chips that operate the networks that connect the computer systems.
He noted that some emerging economies have begun to catch up with advanced manufacturing, as India, Malaysia and Singapore have made great strides, thanks to advances in science, technology and math education programs, close relations with the United States. and the presence of low-cost domestic workforce, and Intel and Qualcomm have also made significant investments to establish intelligent chip design centers, helping to open up digital economies in these countries and foster the growth of smaller start-up businesses. that create new chip designs.
Muhammad Yousef Al-Sharhan, Deputy Director of the World Government Summit Foundation, stressed that the Summit Foundation seeks to ensure continuity in development and increase government support for modern technology to facilitate the lives of societies and improve systems for the benefit of people, which makes it one of the most important centers of global knowledge and exchange of experiences, in addition to being an important resource for formulating new strategies and inspiration for innovative solutions and ways to adopt modern technology and form a better future.
He stressed that the report, which was launched in partnership with the Institute for Technological Innovation, is a new step in strengthening the work of governments in the technology sector and the development of research and production plans in this vital sector, thus contributing to the construction of a sustainable future.
“The monopoly on technology leadership is almost over,” said Dr. Shrekant “Teki” Takkar, Senior Research Scientist at the Secure Systems Research Center of the Institute for Technological Innovation, a key contributor to the “Equality Approach Necessary to Unleash Equipment Innovation”. Today, to ensure that everyone benefits from technology, we need to break this glass ceiling to produce silicone hardware and systems and place technology within the reach of developing countries around the world. Open systems can help these countries tackle difficulties and overcome challenges to become as technologically advanced as their more advanced counterparts and to be able to reap the fruits of this progress.
The report showed that the design and production of semiconductors since 1995 has contributed about $ 4 to $ 5 trillion to world total output, and its indirect contribution has reached $ 15 trillion, while the chip industry’s direct annual revenue exceed $ 600 billion. barrier, with a growth rate over 29% per year.
The report touched on the urgent need to adopt a new global approach to technological equality to kick-start the process of innovation in electronic devices, especially as this type of innovation will be the pillar and pillar of the new global wave of economic development, but depends mainly on chips innovative silicon and digital systems design That the dominance of some countries and companies in this sector has made other countries, including some of the most advanced countries in Europe, struggle to catch the technological innovation of silicon chips.
He stressed that the challenges are not limited to countries, but also involve giant companies, as it is estimated, for example, that car manufacturers in the United States have lost about $ 300 billion in sales due to the lack of chips in 2021, while companies such as Tesla, whose technology resources they controlled, managed to avoid this shortcoming.
The report examined the challenges posed by this reality on more than one level, including those faced by countries to build the domestic talent required to participate in the next wave of innovation, in addition to exacerbating brain drain, putting note that humanity will benefit from equal access to equipment innovation and enable everyone to participate in the Innovation process that will allow them to promote the development and make the most of the benefits of open source software, data and hardware , enable the “business wonders” of the developing world, ensure greater transparency in the use of algorithms, the integrity of practices in the sector, and the provision of better educational opportunities for students worldwide.
A pioneering experience in the Emirates
The report examined the UAE’s pioneering experience in promoting local innovation by investing in Global Foundries, a chipmaker, to fill this gap, as well as the contribution of Khalifa University, which was one of the first educational institutions in region that provided training in Connecting semiconductor design and stressed the importance of providing open technology equipment to all countries to benefit from the development process, as well as accelerating the equipment testing and development process and strengthening infrastructure and democratization. which increases trust and allows companies and smaller countries to review the security process across the software and hardware system and improve the quality level.
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