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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Futurist Keynote, USA: Proof we live in an amazing Sci-Fi world, The Mentor Project

Futurist Keynote, USA: Proof we live in an amazing Sci-Fi world, The Mentor Project

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people today don’t realise that we live in a world where science fiction is already literally science fact, so here’s the proof …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thank...

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Flying-taxi company Volocopter now selling tickets for first time riders

Flying-taxi company Volocopter now selling tickets for first time riders

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flying taxis, flying cars, call them what you will, are getting closer to entering service, and this is the first time a company has sold tickets to travel in them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself...

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Waymo begins testing its autonomous trucks in Texas and New Mexico

Waymo begins testing its autonomous trucks in Texas and New Mexico

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Self-driving trucks are 30 percent cheaper to run and operate than traditional trucks, and within the next ten years they’re going to disrupt the logistics industry.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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University researchers unveil the world’s first portable MRI machine

University researchers unveil the world’s first portable MRI machine

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you wanted proof that technology always gets smaller then here it is, and in this case it could revolutionist patient diagnostics.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over time everyone knows...

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Hyperion’s XP-1 hypercar is a hydrogen monster looking for a re-fuelling station

Hyperion’s XP-1 hypercar is a hydrogen monster looking for a re-fuelling station

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hydrogen or electric cars? The technology that wins will be determined by the one with the most accessible charging and fuelling infrastructure…   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past few...

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Powered up exoskeleton turns wimps into world-beating power lifters

Powered up exoskeleton turns wimps into world-beating power lifters

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technologies used to make exoskeletons are all improving fast, and that means huge gains in exoskeleton performance.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Back in the 1980’s exoskeletons featured in...

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New Qualcomm hardware smashes existing 5G distance record

New Qualcomm hardware smashes existing 5G distance record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The fastest form of 5G, mmWave, has a limited distance of a mile or so, this latest breakthrough smashes that barrier, but there’s still more that needs to be done before everyone gets access to super fast 5G. Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community,...

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Researchers unveil Google maps for the human body

Researchers unveil Google maps for the human body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cellular and genetic make up of our bodies influence what illnesses we get and how ill we get, so better understanding it will help us create better cure-alls.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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Elon Musk unveils new BMI tech that will one day let humans merge with AI

Elon Musk unveils new BMI tech that will one day let humans merge with AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today this tech is aimed at helping people with neurological conditions get their lives back, tomorrow it could help humans merge with AI and share hive minds …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Researchers latest super-powered camera lets you see through walls

Researchers latest super-powered camera lets you see through walls

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Forget thinking linearly, when you think exponentially everything’s possible – including taking photos through walls.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If you ask people what kind of superpower they’d like then naturally...

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New printing process turns common-a-garden paper into electronic gadgets

New printing process turns common-a-garden paper into electronic gadgets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly everything can be turned into an electronic smart device – even paper – and innovations like this will make a raft of new products possible.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve...

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Printed flexible electronics bring smarter smart clothes closer to reality

Printed flexible electronics bring smarter smart clothes closer to reality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Smaller and more flexible electronics and computer components will help us create even more intelligent smart clothes that can monitor our wellbeing in immense depth and detail.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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AI’s that can create and infinitely stream their own content are getting closer

AI’s that can create and infinitely stream their own content are getting closer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI’s get better at generating synthetic content, from art, games, and music, to imagery and videos, have you ever wondered what happens when they can stream unique, tailored content 24-7 365? No? Uh-Oh.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future...

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Battery breakthrough lets robots store energy like humans do in fat reserves

Battery breakthrough lets robots store energy like humans do in fat reserves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We think of batteries as having a common fixed shape, but structural batteries can be any shape and they’re the future …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. There have been thousands of...

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Researchers de-extincted a killer Pox virus for $100k using mail order DNA

Researchers de-extincted a killer Pox virus for $100k using mail order DNA

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Extinction is no longer for life, and being able to bring back extinct killer viruses or create new ones is both exciting and terrifying.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Eradicating smallpox, one...

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NASA trials beaming messages into space using lasers

NASA trials beaming messages into space using lasers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Communicating with space stations and orbiting objects today makes 1980’s dial ups look fast, this new upgrade will help NASA unlock even more of the universe’s secrets.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Transparent solar panels smash records again to turn skyscrapers into power stations

Transparent solar panels smash records again to turn skyscrapers into power stations

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Earth is bathed in energy, and reversing climate change relies on us being able to capture and use it sustainably.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it, what are windows...

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Futurist Keynote, South Africa: The Future of Retail, Cow Hills

Futurist Keynote, South Africa: The Future of Retail, Cow Hills

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Retailers have already experienced one major disruption, and now they’re about to experience another and most aren’t prepared.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our free XPotential Community, enjoy premium content, futureproof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thank you to Carlos and the team at...

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Diagnosing Type 2 diabetes is now as easy as taking a selfie

Diagnosing Type 2 diabetes is now as easy as taking a selfie

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Diabetes is a killer, and the earlier people can detect it the sooner they can seek potentially life saving treatment and advice.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our free XPotential Community, enjoy premium content, futureproof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Forget about...

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Researchers new breakthrough computer chip transfers data at light speed

Researchers new breakthrough computer chip transfers data at light speed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the world produces more information that ever before we need faster and faster systems to move it around and analyse it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our free XPotential Community, enjoy premium content, futureproof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. For years now researchers have...

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DeepMind’s AI now programs itself to make all the right decisions

DeepMind’s AI now programs itself to make all the right decisions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans can’t always predict the outcome of their code and the effect that it will have on decisions, so now AI’s are being given the ability to write their own algorithms.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our free XPotential Community, enjoy premium content, futureproof yourself with XPotential...

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Reaction Engines tests carbon free Ammonia as future hypersonic jet fuel

Reaction Engines tests carbon free Ammonia as future hypersonic jet fuel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The aviation industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters, so Reaction Engines is developing green fuel for its first line of hypersonic aircraft.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The next generation...

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Australian government backs renewables and unveils plans to export sunshine to Asia

Australian government backs renewables and unveils plans to export sunshine to Asia

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the global energy grids are connected together it becomes increasingly realistic for countries to run their entire economies on renewable energy.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The world of energy is...

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Futurist Keynote, Switzerland: Our Abundant Energy Future 2050, The Ark

Futurist Keynote, Switzerland: Our Abundant Energy Future 2050, The Ark

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An energy revolution is underway, and exponential technologies are powering it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thank you to Cedric and the team for inviting me to be this year’s keynote...

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Go X dubiously unveil the world’s first self-driving E-Scooters that come to you

Go X dubiously unveil the world’s first self-driving E-Scooters that come to you

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Electric scooters litter cities, but now that they can drive themselves that’s no longer an issue.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We all know about self-driving cars. But what about self-driving motor...

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Xiaomi show off the world’s first mass produced transparent television

Xiaomi show off the world’s first mass produced transparent television

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to manufacture truly transparent displays takes us one step closer to being able to develop transparent electronics – if you like that kind of thing.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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BHS’s recycling robot is coming to help save the planet

BHS’s recycling robot is coming to help save the planet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We throw away far too much waste and most of it goes to landfill, but AI and robotics are increasingly powerful tools we can use to help us recycle more of it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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UK government ditches biased algorithm that downgraded hundreds of thousands of students exam grades

UK government ditches biased algorithm that downgraded hundreds of thousands of students exam grades

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our futures will increasingly be dictated for us by algorithms, and that could be very dangerous for us all.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the debate around the benefits...

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Cyborg locusts get called up to sniff out bombs after scientists make breakthrough

Cyborg locusts get called up to sniff out bombs after scientists make breakthrough

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to control and read the minds of animals and insects used to be sci fi, now it’s real … and proving useful.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A...

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AI fighter pilot obliterates human USAF pilot in simulated dogfights

AI fighter pilot obliterates human USAF pilot in simulated dogfights

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s learn in fundamentally different ways to humans, and increasingly that seems to be their advantage in human-machine competitions.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Who’s better in a dog fight...

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Futurist on TV: The Future is Now, RT Documentaries

Futurist on TV: The Future is Now, RT Documentaries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future is boundless, and exponential technologies are re-inventing every culture, industry, and society at an increasingly furious rate. This is just the tip of the iceberg.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Blind patient regains sight after world’s first in vivo gene editing trial goes without a hitch

Blind patient regains sight after world’s first in vivo gene editing trial goes without a hitch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Normally doctors correct faulty genes outside of the body, this is the first time ever it’s been done inside the body.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while ago I...

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3D Bio-Printing robot prints human tissue within the body to treat internal injuries

3D Bio-Printing robot prints human tissue within the body to treat internal injuries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Surgery shouldn’t always be the only option when it comes to helping treat internal injuries, so now there’s a robot that can heal them for you – from the inside.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from...

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Reuters just unveiled their first ever full time DeepFake newscaster

Reuters just unveiled their first ever full time DeepFake newscaster

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Irrespective of the content, does it matter that the people you watch online or real? If the answer is no then those real people are out of jobs in the future.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Raytheon unveils the world’s first 3D printed guided missile

Raytheon unveils the world’s first 3D printed guided missile

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing can be used to make artificial human hearts, but on the other it can also be “weaponised” in increasingly sophisticated ways.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. 3D printing...

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The first speed tests from Elon Musk’s giant global satellite network revealed

The first speed tests from Elon Musk’s giant global satellite network revealed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over half the people on the planet have little or no access to the internet, Elon Musk’s global satellite network is looking to fix that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Futurist Keynote, London: Mastering the Exponential Era, Utilize

Futurist Keynote, London: Mastering the Exponential Era, Utilize

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future is already here, the rate of global change is accelerating, and now is the time to futureproof yourself.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It was a great honour...

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Uber unveils its latest flying taxi designs for Australia

Uber unveils its latest flying taxi designs for Australia

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more people talk about and experiment with new technologies, like flying taxis, the more likely they are to get deployed.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. With plans already in...

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ESA machine turns moondust into oxygen and metal to help first moon colonists survive

ESA machine turns moondust into oxygen and metal to help first moon colonists survive

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This new machine turns the Moon into the equivalent of a motorway service station by helping astronauts create rocket fuel for onward missions to Mars, and oxygen for survival.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential...

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Battery bricks turn your entire building into a giant battery

Battery bricks turn your entire building into a giant battery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewables are the future, but the electricity they generate needs to be stored so it can be used when you need it, now your house can be the battery.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential...

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Powerful inhalable Covid-19 vaccine passes preliminary tests

Powerful inhalable Covid-19 vaccine passes preliminary tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Vaccines are hard to create and almost as hard to produce at scale, but an aerosol based vaccine could change that paradigm radically.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while...

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Staggering solar cell breakthrough converts light to electricity with 132 percent efficiency

Staggering solar cell breakthrough converts light to electricity with 132 percent efficiency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world needs to decarbonise the atmosphere and dramatically reduce carbon emissions, and innovations are coming thick and fast.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today’s solar panels are a measly...

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A patient in the US controlled two prosthetic arms simultaneously with just his thoughts

A patient in the US controlled two prosthetic arms simultaneously with just his thoughts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people around the world have lost limbs, for a whole variety of reasons, and now new sci-fi like technologies are helping them re-claim their mobility and lives in new ways.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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NZ trials world’s first long range commercial wireless power transmission system

NZ trials world’s first long range commercial wireless power transmission system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you want to connect remote communities to the electrical grid you can build expensive electricity pylons and bury cables, or now just stick up a cheap transmitter tower …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from...

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Massive AI powered robots are 3D printing entire rockets in the US

Massive AI powered robots are 3D printing entire rockets in the US

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing has come a long way in the past decade, and it won’t be long before it starts going mainstream.   Amazed by the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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