Demystifying the Exponential Future

No matter where you live in the world most people agree the pace of change today is faster than it was a decade ago, and that in another decade it’ll be faster still, all of which is in no small part thanks to the fact that today we have not a handful, but hundreds of powerful, and increasingly democratised, emerging technologies materialising that when combined together, by a resurgent global culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, are spurring cultural, industrial and societal disruption on a scale, and pace, the world has never seen before.

 

Through my daily blog posts, international keynotes, and through the 311 Institute, I help bring the future to life and demystify the hundreds of emerging technologies that are helping visionaries and entrepreneurs build and shape the future. By providing audiences with the tools and critical thinking not only do I help people envision and navigate tomorrow’s threats and opportunities, I also help them lead it.

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This Brain on a Chip tech is designed to destroy brain tumours faster and cheaper

This Brain on a Chip tech is designed to destroy brain tumours faster and cheaper

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The treatments to destroy and kill brain tumours hasn’t evolved very much in the past two decades, but new technologies are coming through to give us hope.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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Hyundai’s giant autonomous cargo ship just completed a trip across the ocean

Hyundai’s giant autonomous cargo ship just completed a trip across the ocean

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the first time a large cargo ship has autonomously traversed an ocean, and even though it had some help it’ll soon become the industry’s future.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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As Web 3.0 gets going Jack Dorsey just announced Web 5.0

As Web 3.0 gets going Jack Dorsey just announced Web 5.0

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many that hope Web 3.0 will be a decentralised censor free internet, but that’s unlikely to be the case, so Dorsey is now looking ahead to Web 5.0.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof...

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This new drone swarm speeds through forests with unprecedented ease

This new drone swarm speeds through forests with unprecedented ease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This technological leap shows just how far drone and autonomous navigation and manoeuvrability tech has come in just a few years.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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This new road gives your electric vehicle unlimited range

This new road gives your electric vehicle unlimited range

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lithium Ion batteries in cars and supercharger networks could be just transition technologies as more companies experiment with new ways to charge your EV’s wherever they are.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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Minecraft gets a huge Web 3.0 upgrade thanks to a new Polygon mod

Minecraft gets a huge Web 3.0 upgrade thanks to a new Polygon mod

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Web 3.0, which is a collection of technologies, will be the future of the internet and could create a new digital economy that rivals today’s global economy in size and breadth so mods like this one on major platforms are interesting …   Love the...

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Ethereum could settle over $8 Trillion worth of transactions this year

Ethereum could settle over $8 Trillion worth of transactions this year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Web 3.0, crypto, and digital asset economies are surging even as the crypto markets themselves crash which now means that it looks like these trends are unstoppable.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with...

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Commercially available solar vehicles that never need charging are here

Commercially available solar vehicles that never need charging are here

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With solar panels getting so efficient have you ever wondered why you need tons of batteries to power your electric vehicle?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Elon Musk deepfake crypto scams are on the rise and they’re getting better

Elon Musk deepfake crypto scams are on the rise and they’re getting better

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Deepfakes are getting better, in two years they’ll be perfect, and that means you won’t be able to trust anything you see. And that’s a huge issue.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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Yet another AI has invented its own secret gibberish language to communicate

Yet another AI has invented its own secret gibberish language to communicate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If AI’s continue to invent, and then evolve, their own languages to do whatever it is they’re doing “better” then we’re going to have some serious issues trying to figure out what they’re doing and how they make decisions.   Love the Exponential Future? Join...

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Researchers have found a way to make hydrogen from biogas

Researchers have found a way to make hydrogen from biogas

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biogas is green-ish and renewable, but hydrogen is arguably the ultimate green fuel and now we can make it from biogas.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Teeth cleaning nanobots are here to make your teeth feel awesome

Teeth cleaning nanobots are here to make your teeth feel awesome

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Believe it or not there are some things that only nanobots are great at, and cleaning the inside of your teeth happens to be one of them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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Barbados opens the world’s first recognised sovereign embassy in the metaverse

Barbados opens the world’s first recognised sovereign embassy in the metaverse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Asides from establishing leadership in the metaverse opening the first official metaverse embassy sends a powerful message about the future of so called “Technology Diplomacy.”   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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AI and 6G will form the bedrock of China’s first hypersonic missile defence system

AI and 6G will form the bedrock of China’s first hypersonic missile defence system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hypersonic weapons and vehicles move so fast that conventional defense systems are useless, and increasingly new technologies are needed to defend against them …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and...

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China touts an AI that can design its own hypersonic weapons

China touts an AI that can design its own hypersonic weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creative Machines that can design and innovate everything from new chemical weapons to rockets, and of course computer chips, are already here, but one that designs hypersonic weapons is a new twist on the tech.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future...

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Toyota’s new prototype hydrogen canister can run your microwave for literally hours

Toyota’s new prototype hydrogen canister can run your microwave for literally hours

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We need to find new ways to transport hydrogen effectively and safely, and while canisters are one way Toyota probably needs something that provides people with alot more “umpfff!” But it’s a start.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself...

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In a world first researchers have run a gas turbine on hydrogen fuel

In a world first researchers have run a gas turbine on hydrogen fuel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are lots of legacy gas systems around, from jet engines to gas plants, and this could give companies a way to “green” them and get them to run on zero emissions hydrogen fuel.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof...

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No stopping solar after another record breakthrough smashes 32% efficiency

No stopping solar after another record breakthrough smashes 32% efficiency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If solar is already the world’s cheapest form of energy what happens when the tech gets multiple times better?! Energy generation costs go to zero …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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The world’s fastest carbon capture system extracts 99% of all CO2 in air

The world’s fastest carbon capture system extracts 99% of all CO2 in air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we want to halt climate change, let alone reverse it, then we need new carbon capture technologies and they’re slowly getting better.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends, ...

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ORNL ushers in the exascale computing era with the world’s first exaflop supercomputer

ORNL ushers in the exascale computing era with the world’s first exaflop supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Supercomputers are always getting faster, and now for the first time one has smashed the exascale barrier.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. After years...

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Diamond based quantum computers paired with supercomputers for the first time

Diamond based quantum computers paired with supercomputers for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are some workloads supercomputers are better at, and there are other workloads, like optimisation problems, that quantum computers are great at – now researchers have the best of both worlds.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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6G takes on a new roll helping China create better hypersonic weapons systems

6G takes on a new roll helping China create better hypersonic weapons systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China is pulling ahead of other countries in the development and use of 6G technology which should start commercialising around 2028.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote,...

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Blistering new broadband speed record clocks over 1 Petabit per second

Blistering new broadband speed record clocks over 1 Petabit per second

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Things are fast today, but compared to what’s coming we’re running at a snails pace …!   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers in Japan...

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Mastercard says all its merchants will soon be able to accept crypto

Mastercard says all its merchants will soon be able to accept crypto

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Money and money networks are all changing, and that means companies need to stay current, move with the times, and in Mastercards case explore new opportunities.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Futurist Keynote, Spain: The Future of Banking and Manufacturing, Wolters Kluwer

Futurist Keynote, Spain: The Future of Banking and Manufacturing, Wolters Kluwer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During this keynote session keynote speaker Matthew Griffin discusses the future of the financial services industry and highlights four disruptive waves that are changing how the industry operates and who the main players and competitors are and will be.   Love the Exponential Future? Join...

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Futurist Keynote, USA: Go Beyond Industry Spotlight

Futurist Keynote, USA: Go Beyond Industry Spotlight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During this sales enablement keynote session with the leadership team and sales teams from Aveva keynote speaker Matthew Griffin shows the audience how their customers businesses and industries will be, and are already, being transformed by new technologies and innovation breakthroughs.   Love the Exponential...

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Futurist Keynote, Japan: Business and Future Realities, Otsuka

Futurist Keynote, Japan: Business and Future Realities, Otsuka

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During this keynote session with the leadership team from Otsuka, Japan, keynote speaker Matthew Griffin shows how CPG businesses can enter into and profit from the Metaverse, and how new technologies can help them re-invent their businesses.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential...

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Futurist Keynote, India: Aditya Birla Innovation and Re-Invention

Futurist Keynote, India: Aditya Birla Innovation and Re-Invention

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During this keynote and workshop session with the leadership team of Aditya Birla keynote speaker Matthew Griffin shows how every industry is changing, and how to navigate change and turn new technologies and threats into opportunities.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community,...

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Futurist Keynote, Sweden: The Future of Retail and E-Commerce

Futurist Keynote, Sweden: The Future of Retail and E-Commerce

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During this keynote session with Ikea, Volvo, and others keynote speaker Matthew Griffin takes the audience on a journey into the near future to explore the future of retail and E-Commerce and answers the question: “What’s next?”   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential...

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Futurist Keynote, UAE: Demystifying Blockchain, Crypto, NFT’s and the Metaverse

Futurist Keynote, UAE: Demystifying Blockchain, Crypto, NFT’s and the Metaverse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During this keynote session with the Crown Prince of Dubai and the Crown Prince Court keynote speaker Matthew Griffin demystifies blockchain, cryptocurrencies, NFT’s, and the Metaverse, explaining what they are, how they work, and the new opportunities they create.   Love the Exponential Future? Join...

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DHL and Volvo partner up to deliver autonomous hub to hub trucking

DHL and Volvo partner up to deliver autonomous hub to hub trucking

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Self driving trucks are coming, and now they’re coming just that little bit faster to change the industry … Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. You’ve...

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Just like Google this AI learns by reading the entire web non stop

Just like Google this AI learns by reading the entire web non stop

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are only three companies whose systems read and trawl the entire web non stop to learn and create the “Semantic Web” and Diffbot is one of them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read...

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Digital design studio The Fabricant lets everyone become a Metaverse fashion designer

Digital design studio The Fabricant lets everyone become a Metaverse fashion designer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every skill is being democratised and made simpler to master, and now fashion design is in the technology cross hairs with the added benefit this new platform lets you earn NFT $$$.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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The UK is running the biggest four day work week trial ever

The UK is running the biggest four day work week trial ever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For a long time now people have focused too much on how long you work rather than your actual productivity, so new trials are testing old theories.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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LG’s rollable TV screen becomes the center of attention as a sound bar

LG’s rollable TV screen becomes the center of attention as a sound bar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New innovative displays are helping designers innovate new design concepts which could change how we live and lounge.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. TV’s...

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Zaha Hadid architects lay out plans for a giant libertarian city in the metaverse

Zaha Hadid architects lay out plans for a giant libertarian city in the metaverse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today individuals can create giant social, software, or E-Commerce platforms, tomorrow they could build, run, and own everything that goes on in an entire virtual city …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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This E-Ink reader now comes in full colour

This E-Ink reader now comes in full colour

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF E-Ink displays are handy in all kinds of ways, from helping you create colour morphing cars to sneakers, and better E-Readers …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch...

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A startup has found a way to let Bitcoiners buy homes while avoiding taxes

A startup has found a way to let Bitcoiners buy homes while avoiding taxes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most people don’t want to sell their digital assets let alone pay taxes on them, so a new startup has found a way to avoid doing either when buying a home, and regulators have no idea …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential...

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This new silent drone flies using ionic propulsion and nothing but ionised air

This new silent drone flies using ionic propulsion and nothing but ionised air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you think planes need fuel to fly then ionic propulsion will make you think again …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while...

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This startup wants to use Carbon Dioxide battery to store energy for the grid

This startup wants to use Carbon Dioxide battery to store energy for the grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewables don’t generate electricity 247 – yet – so we need a way to store energy cheaply so it can be returned to the grid when its needed.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read...

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These new plastic batteries could make low cost grid scale storage possible

These new plastic batteries could make low cost grid scale storage possible

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy technologies don’t generate electricity all the time – yet – so it has to be stored, and when it comes to grid scale storage cost is king.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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New X-Ray technique helps researchers discover backdoors in components faster

New X-Ray technique helps researchers discover backdoors in components faster

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Trying to find backdoors in components is hard, but this technology will also let companies reverse engineer all kinds of products easier.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch...

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An AI just invented a new enzyme that breaks down plastics in weeks

An AI just invented a new enzyme that breaks down plastics in weeks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Firstly AI creating new enzymes is a game changer that accelerates new product development, and secondly plastic is a scourge, so this breakthrough has a double whammy.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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Grid scale iron battery storage helps utilities eliminate gas peaker plants

Grid scale iron battery storage helps utilities eliminate gas peaker plants

WHY THS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we want to get rid of fossil fuel energy generation sources then we need grid scale batteries that store electricity for alot longer than today’s LiON battery systems …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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The world’s first NFT mortgage lets you buy real property in new ways

The world’s first NFT mortgage lets you buy real property in new ways

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The $17 Trillion mortgage industry hasn’t been disrupted in centuries, but things are changing …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The hottest Non-Fungible Token...

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