Demystifying and bringing the future to life

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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Chinese researchers hack “Unhackable” quantum encryption, reveal method

Chinese researchers hack “Unhackable” quantum encryption, reveal method

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum communications systems, and quantum encryption, are supposed to be unhackable, but they aren’t.   According to experts, and the pioneering companies looking to commercialise the technology, the greatest promise of quantum communications, such as the world’s first quantum video call that took place recently,...

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NASA to test revolutionary X-Ray communications system on the ISS soon

NASA to test revolutionary X-Ray communications system on the ISS soon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Traditional RF communications in space are slow, and can be blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere during re-entry, X-Ray communications have no such problems.   Recently NASA tested the world’s first interplanetary space internet by sending a selfie from the Arctic to the International Space Station...

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Companies are building the tech to bring Star Trek’s Holodecks to life

Companies are building the tech to bring Star Trek’s Holodecks to life

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ultimate sci-fi concept, Holodecks have been talked about since they were first shown on TV, and now several companies are building the tech to make them a reality.   San Jose holographic display start up Light Field Lab and Los Angeles graphics company OTOY, which focuses on cloud...

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Qualcomm releases its first WiGig chipsets to push WiFi to gigabit speeds

Qualcomm releases its first WiGig chipsets to push WiFi to gigabit speeds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of Gigabit WiFi and 5G now mean it’s possible to ditch your traditional fiber based broadband provider, and cut another chord.   Earlier this month, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced that the next generation of Wi-Fi devices will be called “Wi-Fi 6,” all but...

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Two algorithms left to their own devices ended up accidentally colluding with one another

Two algorithms left to their own devices ended up accidentally colluding with one another

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s nearly impossible to predict the impact that competing, or even collaborating, algorithms will have on business, and as our society depends on them more, that’s a problem.   Last year Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) agents made up their own language to talk to one...

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A decade after the first person was cured of HIV, another is in remission

A decade after the first person was cured of HIV, another is in remission

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The HIV and AIDS epidemics have claimed the lives of millions of people, and now there may be a cure, but there’s a big catch.   News has emerged from the UK that a man has been in remission from HIV for a year and...

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Dutch firm unveils the world’s first autonomous self-balancing energy grid for EV’s

Dutch firm unveils the world’s first autonomous self-balancing energy grid for EV’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New powerful technologies are letting us revolutionise how we generate and deliver electricity, and autonomous, self-balancing energy grids are now a thing.   A little while ago I wrote about the US Department of Energy’s plans to create the world’s first autonomous energy grid, but...

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Scientists discovered a way to read information directly from black holes

Scientists discovered a way to read information directly from black holes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The physics behind Quantum Mechanics mean scientists have discovered a way to read information directly from within blackholes, which is just awesome.   Black holes are gravitational monsters, squeezing gas and dust down to a microscopic point like great cosmic trash compactors, and they’re getting...

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Researchers have created a digital nose that can sniff out disease

Researchers have created a digital nose that can sniff out disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many ways to detect disease, and one of the most effective ways is using smell, so scientists have developed a digital nose.   An electronic nose typically identifies odours by detecting the “fingerprint” of a chemical compound across an array of sensors that are...

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JP Morgan becomes the first major US bank to roll its own crypto coins

JP Morgan becomes the first major US bank to roll its own crypto coins

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bitcoin may have its critics, but noone can argue the impact that cryptocurrencies have had on the world, and now one of the US’ biggest banks is jumping on the bandwagon.   With talks of China creating the first blockchain based national cryptocurrency and Ohio...

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SK Telecom launches Quantum Encryption Gateway “to make self-driving cars unhackable”

SK Telecom launches Quantum Encryption Gateway “to make self-driving cars unhackable”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Autonomous cars and vehicles present a clear opportunity for cyber criminals to wreak chaos on our roads, but first they’d have to break the vehicles’ unbreakable quantum encryption.   If you, like many people, have ever wondered how we’ll be able to stop cyber criminals...

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Russian researchers used a common inkjet printer to print advanced Nano-Sensors

Russian researchers used a common inkjet printer to print advanced Nano-Sensors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we develop more nanoscale things we need to be able to keep track of them and monitor them and now we have an inexpensive way to achieve that.   Researchers from ITMO University in Russia have created a new type of optical Nano-Sensor that...

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US Military puts the call out for autonomous AI’s that can defend its networks

US Military puts the call out for autonomous AI’s that can defend its networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF After the US Pentagon announced it can no longer keep up with the variety or voracity of cyber attacks the US DOD wants to develop autonomous AI’s that can.   After a damning admission from the Pentagon that warned that the US military can no...

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule lands successfully in crucial step toward human spaceflight

Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule lands successfully in crucial step toward human spaceflight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of Elon Musk’s ambitions is to allow people to live off world, but first you have to get them there and this is the first step in a long journey.   SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which Elon Musk first showed off a few months ago,...

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World first as Google DeepMind’s AI crushes the world’s top Starcraft players

World first as Google DeepMind’s AI crushes the world’s top Starcraft players

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Starcraft is a game of strategy, and as a result DeepMind’s AI had to learn an entirely new type of game play in order to thrash its opponents.   AI agents developed by Google’s DeepMind subsidiary have finally beaten human pros at Starcraft II — a first...

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Star Trek like Replicator manufacturing tech unveiled for first time

Star Trek like Replicator manufacturing tech unveiled for first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we manufacture products today is wasteful and unsustainable, so we’re developing new ways to make the things we love.   Recently I wrote an article about a new form of 3D Printing, called 3D Holographic Printing, printing with light not conventional materials, that...

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Facebook 3D photos sources depth information straight from your camera

Facebook 3D photos sources depth information straight from your camera

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cameras in our gadgets can do alot more than take photos, and with just a minor tweak we can use them to create living 3D photos.   Leveraging the extra “depth” data found in some iPhone photographs, Facebook today announced the rollout of 3D Photos – images...

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India wants to turn its beaches into fuel for Thorium Reactors

India wants to turn its beaches into fuel for Thorium Reactors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Thorium reactors produce thousands times less radioactive waste than their nuclear counterparts, and are much safer, but the technology is taking a long time to take off.   The tropical beaches of India probably bring to mind sun-dappled palms, fiery fish curries and dreadlocked backpackers,...

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A US start up has created the world’s first fully autonomous vertical farm

A US start up has created the world’s first fully autonomous vertical farm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As global population grows we need new ways to produce affordable quality food, and vertical farms are increasingly the answer.   Vertical farms that can grow eight times the crops using no chemicals, herbicides or pesticides, and with 99 percent less water than traditional farms...

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SpaceX seeks FCC approval to bring space based internet to the entire US

SpaceX seeks FCC approval to bring space based internet to the entire US

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Laying down hundreds of thousands of miles of fibre optic cable has had its day as space based internet platforms compete with established telcos.   Private spaceflight firm SpaceX has been publicly planning to deploy a network of “Starlink” satellites to offer broadband internet for several years...

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China reveals plans to build a space based solar power plant by 2025

China reveals plans to build a space based solar power plant by 2025

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to collect solar energy in space and beam it back down to base stations on Earth is a very efficient way to harvest it, and we have the technology.   Let’s face it humanity uses a lot of energy, and while solar power here on...

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Batteries are passé as researchers use ambient sound to charge smartphones

Batteries are passé as researchers use ambient sound to charge smartphones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to use sound to charge our gadgets is a revolutionary idea, and it’s made possible thanks to advances in Nanomanufacturing.   This could be the greatest power discovery for mobiles, ever. Apparently. So say researchers at Queen Mary University London (QMUL) in the...

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A new algorithm helps machines sense and respond to human trust

A new algorithm helps machines sense and respond to human trust

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As humans and machines start working closely together researchers think we need to create machines that we can trust, but simulating trust might not be the right answer.   As robots and other machines become more entwined with our daily lives, the field of improving...

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Creative AI’s have learnt how to create their own video games

Creative AI’s have learnt how to create their own video games

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is getting increasingly capable at creating quality synthetic content, and that includes books, scripts, and worlds.   Today we have AI’s building other AI’s and fake news stories, and AI’s that write their own code, and doing a better job of it than the...

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Future EV’s with 16,000km range and space elevators made possible with new Chinese Nano-Cable

Future EV’s with 16,000km range and space elevators made possible with new Chinese Nano-Cable

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are multiple uses for incredibly strong cables and materials, from defence to space elevators, and even helping electric cars travel 16,000km on one charge.   Recently I’ve discussed advances across a wide variety of materials, including the development of a wonder material that lasts...

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Scientists built an 8 base pair DNA double helix with potential to create new lifeforms

Scientists built an 8 base pair DNA double helix with potential to create new lifeforms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA is the universes’ most advanced programming language, and we might have just given it  a boost of infinite proportions.   DNA is wonderful. And powerful. After all, it gave us everything from the dinosaurs and dolphins, to us, and, of course, the world’s first...

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Experts believe Chinese scientist who Gene-Hacked twins “likely boosted their brainpower”

Experts believe Chinese scientist who Gene-Hacked twins “likely boosted their brainpower”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Genetic enhancement has a variety of unknown impacts on human biology and cognition, and we are no where near to understanding them.   When now infamous Chinese scientists He Jiankui edited the genes of human twin babies last year, he was reportedly trying to make them immune...

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Experimental vaccine for Celiac disease heads to human trials

Experimental vaccine for Celiac disease heads to human trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF About 1 in 100 people have Celiac disease, and this could be the cure they’re all waiting for.   Recently there have been several interesting vaccine breakthroughs, including the development of Contagious Vaccines, that mean vaccinate one person and suddenly everyone has the immunity, and...

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The US Pentagon releases it’s plan to become a world leader in AI

The US Pentagon releases it’s plan to become a world leader in AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence has great promise in the civilian and military realms, and as countries weaponise it the US doesn’t want to be left behind.   The Pentagon, which last year embedded the world’s best robo-hacker into its critical systems to protect them from cyber attacks,...

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New AI Fake News generator is too dangerous to release, say its creators

New AI Fake News generator is too dangerous to release, say its creators

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It will not be long before we cannot differentiate the difference between real content and fake content, and that has a myriad of very serious implications, none of which we are prepared for.   There are several very scary AI’s in existence today, take for...

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World first as nanobots get to work choking cancers to death

World first as nanobots get to work choking cancers to death

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nanobots are one of the ultimate medical frontiers and science fiction classics, and they’re slowing beginning to show their promise.   Recently I discussed how we’re building the first generation of enzyme powered nanobots capable of hunting and tracking down disease within the human body...

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World first as scientists get the “Extinction Gene” to work in mammals

World first as scientists get the “Extinction Gene” to work in mammals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Gene drives over rule the laws of genetic inheritance, which means you can cure inherited genetic diseases forever, wipe out the entire human population, and everything in between.   The phrase Gene Drive often sends a shudder down a scientist’s spine, one of awe and...

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Shooting lasers at drones helps DARPA keep them airborne forever

Shooting lasers at drones helps DARPA keep them airborne forever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more companies field drones one of their biggest hurdles is keeping them airborne for long periods of time, DARPA’s latest program hopes to solve that.   DARPA, the bleeding edge research arm of the US Military that’s bought and bringing you everything from conscious robots and autonomous...

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Samsung gets closer to launching its first foldable smartphone

Samsung gets closer to launching its first foldable smartphone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we continue to see breakthroughs in materials electronics are starting to move to the next stage of their evolution.   As smartphone fans await a trio of new phones from Samsung next week, eyes will soon be turning to what could be the Korean company’s...

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Futuristic transparent electronics get closer thanks to a Swiss supercomputer

Futuristic transparent electronics get closer thanks to a Swiss supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Transparent electronics will help revolutionise a variety of industries and products, and make computing even more ubiquitous than it is today.   If you search the internet for images of the future of smartphones, as well as other gadgets, then it’s highly likely that included...

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Nvidia unveiled a new AI engine that renders virtual world’s in real time

Nvidia unveiled a new AI engine that renders virtual world’s in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Arguably the most complex part of creating VR content is coding and building the environments, Nvidia just bought those barriers crashing down.   Nvidia have announced that they’ve introduced a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Deep Learning model that “aims to catapult the graphics industry into the AI...

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Genetic engineering breakthrough turns chickens into egg laying medicine factories

Genetic engineering breakthrough turns chickens into egg laying medicine factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to produce drugs and medicines cheaply is important, and this breakthrough breaks grounds on all kinds of fronts.   Ordinarily, when scientists want to produce proteins to use in medicine they have to use techniques that are costly and complex. Recently, however, in...

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US researchers have found a safe way to 3D print explosives

US researchers have found a safe way to 3D print explosives

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to 3D print explosives is a turning point for the military and other industries that rely on explosives, but it also opens up a debate on the potential dangers of the uses of the technology.   According to new research out of the...

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US Pentagon surrenders and admits it can no longer keep pace with cyber attacks

US Pentagon surrenders and admits it can no longer keep pace with cyber attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the volume and variety of global cyber attacks increase exponentially this is a wake up call that we need a new way to defend ourselves.   The US military’s cybersecurity capabilities aren’t advancing fast enough to stay ahead of the “onslaught of multipronged” attacks...

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American researchers unveil the world’s first liquid computer chip

American researchers unveil the world’s first liquid computer chip

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our understanding of computing improves, it is clear that the post-silicon computing era will be anything but dull.   Over the past few years there have been a growing number of experts voicing concerns that Moore’s Law, and the age of silicon computing, is...

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Create Digital Humans in minutes, Soul Machines unveils Digital DNA platform

Create Digital Humans in minutes, Soul Machines unveils Digital DNA platform

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Avatars that resemble real people, in their behaviours and speech, are on the rise, and some people are using them to create immortal versions of themselves.   Soul Machines, the company behind some of the world’s most human-like digital avatars that are already in service...

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MIT’s new neural network can explain its decisions

MIT’s new neural network can explain its decisions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI gets more deeply embedded into the world’s digital fabric, in everything from self-driving cars to high frequency stock trading, it’s crucial we know how it makes its decisions.   A child is presented with a picture of various shapes and is asked to...

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Scientists have created the blackest material ever, and it’s great for gaming

Scientists have created the blackest material ever, and it’s great for gaming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are certain situations, such as calibrating satellite systems, or in cinemas where nearly dark doesn’t cut it, Vantablack is the darkest material ever produced.   Have you ever gotten up to use the restroom during a movie screening, then struggled to find your seat...

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Researchers 3D printed a working spinal chord implant in 1.6 seconds

Researchers 3D printed a working spinal chord implant in 1.6 seconds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today if you break your spine, you’re paralysed, but paralysis is increasingly no longer for life.   3D Bio-Printing, an offshoot of its better known cousin 3D Printing, lets scientists manufacture everything from real bones, cartilage, corneas and kidneys, to hearts, ovaries, skin, and teeth, by laying...

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Boston Dynamic’s robot Spot the dog learns to dance

Boston Dynamic’s robot Spot the dog learns to dance

WHY THIS MATTERS Teaching robots to dance helps researchers fine tune robots motor skills so they can be more agile and dextrous.   At IROS in Madrid, Marc Raibert from Boston Dynamics, one of the world’s most advanced robotics companies, showed a few videos during his keynote presentation. One was...

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