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IEEE President’s Note: Looking to 2050 and Beyond

IEEE President’s Note: Looking to 2050 and Beyond

What will the long term of the earth glimpse like? Anything in the planet evolves. Thus, IEEE also need to evolve, not only to endure but to prosper.

How will men and women develop communities and have interaction with one yet another and with IEEE in the foreseeable future? How will expertise be acquired? How will content material be curated, shared, and accessed? What problems will impact the enhancement of technical criteria? How should IEEE be organized to be most impactful?


When no one particular has a crystal ball, predictions can be manufactured based on evidence and developments. To start out the discussion all around these concerns, I appointed the 2022 IEEE Advert Hoc Committee on IEEE in 2050. The committee chaired by IEEE Fellow Roger Fujii, is developed to visualize situations wanting out to the year 2050 and outside of to gain a international viewpoint of what the planet may possibly seem like and what probable futures may indicate for IEEE.

The committee explored plausible situations across IEEE’s vary of pursuits and scanned for motorists of change in present and rising engineering fields. It also analyzed the purpose IEEE must choose dependent on the determined probable futures and talked over subsequent steps in IEEE’s main areas of aim, including conferences, education and learning, publications, criteria, membership, sustainability, and governance.

For case in point, visualize that in 2050, your “cognitive digital twin” is consistently surfing the large volumes of exploration papers and details saved across open obtain repositories to come across info immediately relevant to your passions. It will also use its imaginative and artistic logic to propose new principles and methods for you. This system will be driven by synthetic intelligence, augmented truth, and virtual actuality produced to assistance make you additional productive and creative in your career. What is IEEE’s purpose in this new ecosystem?

Molding the IEEE of the long term

As a world wide organization, a significant problem of IEEE is that it supports a wide neighborhood. This also offers a good possibility to find out and pilot different products, services, items, and solutions to meet up with the assorted set of members’ wants predicted for 2050 and past.

The technologies generation of 2050 will very likely be intrigued in solving mission-based challenges this kind of as weather adjust, common obtain to wellbeing treatment, sustainable meals resources, and ubiquitous strength technology and transmission. Therefore, IEEE’s mission—to advance technological know-how for humanity—will continue to be related in the long run. Having said that, the way IEEE achieves its mission will have to and will alter.

The long run is multinodular and digital. IEEE will gain from its standing and name as a trustworthy, neutral provider of information and data. As a information service provider, IEEE has an possibility to curate and deliver information and facts to assist its constituents and the general public in comprehending the added benefits and risks connected with several technologies regions. Most importantly, IEEE can aid with the deep integration of synthetic intelligence and digital reality into a large range of day to day applications.

Adapting to an natural environment of continual chaos and improve is necessary relocating forward. The ebb and flow of geopolitical tensions are possible to keep on to increase—which will effects international companies like ours. IEEE have to become exceedingly nimble to deal with immediate alterations in systems and interdisciplinary demands, and draw in a broader audience. IEEE will also will need to speedily reply to selected strategic improvements and allocate funding for new ways. IEEE’s governance construction will will need to be streamlined to fulfill the needs of several long run eventualities that will call for the group to empower nearby entities to make selections within just their spot.

Rely on in IEEE ought to continue to be high if the organization is to preserve relevance and continue being a credible resource of details in the potential. Now is the time for the firm to be thoughtful and bold, and take pitfalls. IEEE are unable to be fearful to crack silos. Some actions will need to have to be terminated to make room for new kinds. Merchandise and initiatives should really be evaluated consistently, and selections should be made on a continual foundation.

Seem terrifying? Compounded by worldwide warming, uneven demographic advancement, and geopolitical problems, the future most likely is additional uncertain than we understand. But frequently a disaster can be reworked into prospect if we truthfully deal with the unpredicted and become prepared for whichever lies in advance. Adhering to IEEE’s core principles—trust, progress and nurturing, world community making, partnership, company to humanity, and integrity in action—will provide the firm effectively into the potential.

I sincerely thank Roger Fujii and the advertisement hoc committee associates for their efforts. Their get the job done will help IEEE in devising long-time period approaches to prepare for the future, to adapt, and to change uncertainty into prospect.

As I have shared, in an at any time-switching and unsure earth, IEEE—your experienced home—is usually right here for you, our members, as perfectly as for humanity, and for our shared foreseeable future. After all, serving our members well is our raison d’être.

By addressing the worries and opportunities that lie in advance of us, IEEE can remain a lively firm with relevance both equally now and properly into 2050. If IEEE stays accurate to its central values—fostering technological innovation and excellence for the profit of humanity—I’m sure that the organization’s long run will be very brilliant in fact.

It has been my honor and privilege to get the job done with and for you this calendar year as IEEE president and CEO.


—K.J. RAY LIU

IEEE president and CEO

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This post seems in the December 2022 print challenge as “Looking to 2050 and Further than.”