The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, received Dr. Omar Hatamleh, the Executive Director for Innovation for the Space Studies Program at the International Space University, NASA, to discuss avenues of cooperation in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. In recent years, 12 Jordanian university students were selected to undergo training at NASA laboratories as part of an initiative started by His Highness, Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II to support students and researchers while offering them the opportunity to show their excellence and develop their spirit of creativity.
In addition to the meeting, Dr. Hatamleh delivered a lecture under the title "Future and Innovation", which was attended by the Vice Presidents, a number of the University’s deans and faculty, in addition to other employees and a number of directors of the Royal Scientific Society. Dr. Hatamleh stated that, in the coming years, artificial intelligence will affect the various industrial, educational and commercial sectors, prompting a need to foster and empower young innovators. Consequently, it is necessary to provide programs to build their capabilities, considering that innovation is a cornerstone of economic development in societies.
He pointed out that many of the jobs in today’s world will undergo a significant change in the near future, in light of the development of artificial intelligence and technological devices, leading to the replacement of human beings with these devices in many scenarios.
Dr. Hatamleh pointed out that, in coming years, life expectancy is expected to reach about 100 years due to the improvements in health support technologies. He called on medical institutions, both public and private, to draw up general guidelines in health care that can be applied to the general population, and to uncover any problems that may indicate the emergence of new diseases.
He added that NASA is constantly looking for planets suitable for sustaining human life, pointing out that the globe contains a lot of arid areas that can be exploited by modern technology. He stated that artificial intelligence could be transformed from an online capability to an integral feature of mobile devices, as available in the Huawei Mate 10 phone.
Dr. Hatamleh answered a series of questions from members of the audience, after which the President of the University, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, presented Dr. Hatamleh with a commemorative shield to express the pride and appreciation of the University for his visit.