IEEE President’s Be aware: Trying to 2050 and Past

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What is going to the way forward for the world seem like? Every little thing on the planet evolves. Due to this fact, IEEE additionally should evolve, not solely to outlive however to thrive.

How will individuals construct communities and have interaction with each other and with IEEE sooner or later? How will information be acquired? How will content material be curated, shared, and accessed? What points will affect the event of technical requirements? How ought to IEEE be organized to be most impactful?


Whereas nobody has a crystal ball, predictions may be made based mostly on proof and developments. To start out the dialog round these questions, I appointed the 2022 IEEE Advert Hoc Committee on IEEE in 2050. The committee chaired by IEEE Fellow Roger Fujii, is designed to ascertain eventualities looking to the 12 months 2050 and past to realize a world perspective of what the world might seem like and what potential futures may imply for IEEE.

The committee explored believable eventualities throughout IEEE’s vary of pursuits and scanned for drivers of change inside current and rising expertise fields. It additionally analyzed the position IEEE ought to take based mostly on the recognized potential futures and mentioned subsequent steps in IEEE’s main areas of focus, together with conferences, schooling, publications, requirements, membership, sustainability, and governance.

For instance, think about that in 2050, your “cognitive digital twin” is continually browsing the massive volumes of analysis papers and information saved throughout open entry repositories to search out data instantly related to your pursuits. It would additionally use its imaginative and inventive logic to counsel new ideas and options for you. This platform might be pushed by synthetic intelligence, augmented actuality, and digital actuality developed to assist make you extra productive and inventive in your profession. What’s IEEE’s position on this new surroundings?

Molding the IEEE of the longer term

As a world group, a substantial problem of IEEE is that it helps a broad group. This additionally presents an awesome alternative to be taught and pilot numerous fashions, providers, merchandise, and options to satisfy the varied set of members’ wants predicted for 2050 and past.

The expertise era of 2050 will seemingly be serious about fixing mission-based points equivalent to local weather change, common entry to well being care, sustainable meals sources, and ubiquitous vitality era and transmission. Thus, IEEE’s mission—to advance expertise for humanity—will nonetheless be related sooner or later. Nevertheless, the way in which IEEE achieves its mission should and can change.

The longer term is multinodular and digital. IEEE will profit from its standing and fame as a trusted, impartial supplier of content material and knowledge. As a information supplier, IEEE has a chance to curate and ship data to help its constituents and the general public in understanding the advantages and dangers related to a number of expertise areas. Most significantly, IEEE may also help with the deep integration of synthetic intelligence and digital actuality into all kinds of on a regular basis functions.

Adapting to an surroundings of fixed chaos and alter is crucial shifting ahead. The ebb and move of geopolitical tensions are more likely to proceed to extend—which can affect international organizations like ours. IEEE should develop into exceedingly nimble to deal with fast adjustments in applied sciences and interdisciplinary wants, and entice a broader viewers. IEEE can even have to quickly reply to chose strategic adjustments and allocate funding for brand new approaches. IEEE’s governance construction will should be streamlined to satisfy the wants of many future eventualities that may require the group to empower native entities to make choices inside their space.

Belief in IEEE should stay excessive if the group is to keep up relevance and stay a reputable supply of data sooner or later. Now’s the time for the group to be considerate and daring, and take dangers. IEEE can’t be afraid to interrupt silos. Some actions will should be terminated to create space for brand new ones. Merchandise and initiatives must be evaluated commonly, and choices should be made on a steady foundation.

Sound scary? Compounded by international warming, uneven demographic progress, and geopolitical challenges, the longer term seemingly is extra unsure than we understand. However typically a disaster may be remodeled into alternative if we actually face the sudden and develop into ready for no matter lies forward. Adhering to IEEE’s core rules—belief, progress and nurturing, international group constructing, partnership, service to humanity, and integrity in motion—will serve the group effectively into the longer term.

I sincerely thank Roger Fujii and the advert hoc committee members for his or her efforts. Their work will support IEEE in devising long-term methods to organize for the longer term, to adapt, and to transform uncertainty into alternative.

As I’ve shared, in an ever-changing and unsure world, IEEE—your skilled house—is at all times right here for you, our members, in addition to for humanity, and for our shared future. In any case, serving our members effectively is our raison d’être.

By addressing the challenges and alternatives that lie forward of us, IEEE can stay a vibrant group with relevance each now and effectively into 2050. If IEEE stays true to its central values—fostering technological innovation and excellence for the good thing about humanity—I’m sure that the group’s future might be very brilliant certainly.

It has been my honor and privilege to work with and for you this 12 months as IEEE president and CEO.


—Okay.J. RAY LIU

IEEE president and CEO

Please share your ideas with me at president@ieee.org.

This text seems within the December 2022 print concern as “Trying to 2050 and Past.”

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