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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Climate change startups begin sucking CO2 out of the air with giant rigs

Climate change startups begin sucking CO2 out of the air with giant rigs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The accelerating build up of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere risks creating a runaway greenhouse effect that will cook the earth, so startups are innovating solutions …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Hobbyist takes his drone hoverboard onto the streets in viral videos

Hobbyist takes his drone hoverboard onto the streets in viral videos

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The weight to lift ratio of drones is getting better exponentially, and this wouldn’t have been possible just two years ago.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Los Angeles based digital creator...

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Second generation of living robots are faster and smarter than their predecessors

Second generation of living robots are faster and smarter than their predecessors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our command of biology is improving, and we’re now creating the world’s first programmable living synthetic organisms – AKA living robots.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Last year the world’s first...

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A giant 25 tonne prototype deep sea mining robot is stuck at the bottom of the ocean

A giant 25 tonne prototype deep sea mining robot is stuck at the bottom of the ocean

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are more raw materials and minerals on the ocean bed than in all the world’s mines – but mining it isn’t easy …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of...

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The Maldives Government announces plans to build the world’s first ocean city

The Maldives Government announces plans to build the world’s first ocean city

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Climate change and rising sea levels will displace billions of people, and the Maldives government is preparing itself …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As sea levels rise thanks to climate...

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Futuristic Dubai nail salon turns your nails into digital storage devices

Futuristic Dubai nail salon turns your nails into digital storage devices

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As compute and storage gets smaller people will find all kinds of new use cases for them …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Dubai is truly the land of man-made wonders....

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Federal Reserve’s Digital Dollar initiative has Wall Street panicking

Federal Reserve’s Digital Dollar initiative has Wall Street panicking

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A CBDC, a government digital currency, could cut the banking middle men, and that’s freaking some of them out.   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 financial services industry, braced for what...

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Pfizer’s new at home pill to treat COVID available by year end

Pfizer’s new at home pill to treat COVID available by year end

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making and distributing billions of vaccines fast is difficult to say the least – this is a new novel solution.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the global pandemic has gripped...

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Scientists built a perfectly replicating synthetic cell

Scientists built a perfectly replicating synthetic cell

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future not all organisms will be children of Mother Nature …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Synthetic cells and basic synthetic organisms that have no equal or equivalent in...

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World’s first handheld neutron detector detects bombs and nuclear material in real time

World’s first handheld neutron detector detects bombs and nuclear material in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We now have an easy way to detect bombs and nuclear weapons, in a convenient hand held device …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. After the successful test of the WATCHMAN...

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Genetically engineered barcoded spores could help improve food safety

Genetically engineered barcoded spores could help improve food safety

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When things go wrong in the global supply chain it can be hard to find and fix the fault and recall the products, this improves the situation.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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The Bank of England jumps on the digital central bank currency bandwagon

The Bank of England jumps on the digital central bank currency bandwagon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A digital national currency would help the unbanked, save governments money, and give them unprecedented real time insights into their economies.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As several central banks race...

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A US realtor is trying to sell an actual house as an NFT now

A US realtor is trying to sell an actual house as an NFT now

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF NFT’s are normally used to sell digital assets, but this realtor’s now trying to use the technology to sell real objects … and it’s an interesting concept.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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China launches its first quantum computer operating system

China launches its first quantum computer operating system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China wants to have technological superiority and self-reliance by 2035, this is another step on that journey.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A Chinese startup has launched the country’s first homegrown...

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This ferret died 33 years ago and scientists bought it back to life

This ferret died 33 years ago and scientists bought it back to life

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our ability to clone and de-extinct complex organisms and animals is getting better – and one day humans will be next.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Like most of us you...

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Scientists found a new form of light that turns all objects invisible

Scientists found a new form of light that turns all objects invisible

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Light is amazing, and it’s also incredibly powerful and useful as a tool, and we’re using it to innovate all manner of new technologies and applications.   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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Amazon’s AI reassigns workers to prevent injuries in bid to create a better workplace

Amazon’s AI reassigns workers to prevent injuries in bid to create a better workplace

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI might be becoming a Big Brother that’s hiring, managing, and firing workers, but it has health benefits in the workplace too …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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AI can sense students levels of stress from phone data and forms

AI can sense students levels of stress from phone data and forms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Stress is a killer and impacts health and performance, and now AI is being used to help identify it in new ways …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently scientists developed...

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MIT’s smart clothes measure your body’s movements more accurately than ever

MIT’s smart clothes measure your body’s movements more accurately than ever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Clothes will eventually become smart and be able to measure, monitor, and analyse everything from your movements and respiration rates to your biochemistry, this is another step in that direction.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink helps monkies play Pong with their minds

Elon Musk’s Neuralink helps monkies play Pong with their minds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plenty of people in the world have neurological disorders, from brain damage to paralysis, that will benefit from this technology.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In another breakthrough for Brain Machine...

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The shipping industry bets big on Ammonia to reach carbon zero

The shipping industry bets big on Ammonia to reach carbon zero

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s cargo ships use bunker fuel which is the most polluting form of all fuels, and they need to reach carbon zero by 2050. Ammonia could be the answer.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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Futurist Virtual Keynote, UK: The Future is GREAT, HM Government

Futurist Virtual Keynote, UK: The Future is GREAT, HM Government

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every industry is being disrupted from the core by new innovations and technologies, and that gives the UK limitless opportunities to lead.   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...

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Futurist Virtual Keynote, Netherlands: Bank 4.0 The Future of Banking, NN Group

Futurist Virtual Keynote, Netherlands: Bank 4.0 The Future of Banking, NN Group

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Banks have the opportunity to re-invent themselves for the modern era and re-vitalise their relationships with customers, but will they?   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 Robert-Jan and...

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Futurist Virtual Keynote, Malaysia: The Future CIO, Management Events

Futurist Virtual Keynote, Malaysia: The Future CIO, Management Events

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The CIO’s role has always been integral to the business, but now it, and technology, are increasingly integral to the survival of the business.   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...

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Futurist Virtual Keynote, UK: The Future of Work 2030, Unleashed

Futurist Virtual Keynote, UK: The Future of Work 2030, Unleashed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world of work is changing beyond all recognition and new technologies are on the verge of unleashing the next wave of human potential.   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...

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NASA students show off the world’s first 3D printed rocket pad

NASA students show off the world’s first 3D printed rocket pad

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing is going to make colonising space much much easier, so companies and students everywhere are now trying to perfect the designs, processes, and technology.   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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Chinese firm gets closer to putting a $5,000 quantum computer on students desks

Chinese firm gets closer to putting a $5,000 quantum computer on students desks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computing is the next generation of ultra powerful computing, and soon students could get their own desktop versions.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A Chinese start-up has unveiled plans to...

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Pentagon scientists microchip detects COVID-19 in the blood before symptoms show

Pentagon scientists microchip detects COVID-19 in the blood before symptoms show

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to detect viruses in the blood and filter them out before they cause harm has its uses …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the biggest problems during...

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China says its new digital currency will be an insurance policy in case tech giants fail

China says its new digital currency will be an insurance policy in case tech giants fail

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tech giants are increasingly powerful and interwoven with society, and the Chinese government is making contingency plans in case they fail.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. China has been at the...

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DARPA looks for new ways to decouple legacy code from hardware

DARPA looks for new ways to decouple legacy code from hardware

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Legacy code is the bane of many older organisations existence and it’s hard to modernise, upgrade, and secure, so DARPA wants to change the paradigm.   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...

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Scientists developed a device that enables two way communication with plants

Scientists developed a device that enables two way communication with plants

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plants are a rich source of information – if you can communicate with them that is …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In the past couple of years I’ve seen scientists...

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JPMorgan ventures into UK retail banking with its first digital only bank

JPMorgan ventures into UK retail banking with its first digital only bank

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cost of opening and operating a digital only bank is just a fraction of that of a traditional bank.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. For the past five years or...

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Material that harvests electricity directly from 5G signals ushers in the “Internet of Electricity”

Material that harvests electricity directly from 5G signals ushers in the “Internet of Electricity”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine never having to plug your devices into a plug socket again, and accessing electricity in the same way you access WiFi – that’s now possible.   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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This 3D printed house is on sale on Zillow for half the price of its neighbours

This 3D printed house is on sale on Zillow for half the price of its neighbours

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing houses for a fraction of the cost of building a traditional house will have consequences for the value of neighbouring properties …   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 3D...

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Global NFT craze helps digital assets of all kinds sell for record breaking sums

Global NFT craze helps digital assets of all kinds sell for record breaking sums

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF NFT’s that allow people to sell any type of digital asset, from a tweet to a digital piece of artwork, are fuelling an unprecedented spending craze.   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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Mother brings her daughter back from the dead in Virtual Reality

Mother brings her daughter back from the dead in Virtual Reality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is impacting all of society in new ways, and it’s even starting to get us to question the concept of death and dying.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Death used...

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IBM announces their AI can recode legacy software so it can run in the cloud

IBM announces their AI can recode legacy software so it can run in the cloud

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world runs on legacy code, and it’s hard for people to maintain, operate, secure, upgrade, and de-bug so using AI to modernise it could solve lots of problems.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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Revolutionary pill form COVID-19 vaccine develops anti-bodies in Israeli trials

Revolutionary pill form COVID-19 vaccine develops anti-bodies in Israeli trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines for billions of people is difficult and relies on having lots of glass and other raw materials, pill based vaccines could literally be a magic “bullet.”   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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Game developers use AI to create the ultimate 1980’s friend in lockdown

Game developers use AI to create the ultimate 1980’s friend in lockdown

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today AI is impersonal, but tomorrow it could be your best friend …   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’re surely all feeling the effects of not seeing our friends enough this...

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Facebook’s TransCoder AI converts code from one programming language into others

Facebook’s TransCoder AI converts code from one programming language into others

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world runs on legacy code, and it’s difficult to modernise and secure. TransCoder could one day be the AI equivalent of a universal language translator but for code.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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Lasers could make nuclear waste inert in 30 minutes says Nobel Prize winner

Lasers could make nuclear waste inert in 30 minutes says Nobel Prize winner

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There’s over $100 billion worth of nuclear waste in dumps around the world with a life of a million years, this technology would neutralise all of it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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David Attenborough backs new technology that can recycle all plastics

David Attenborough backs new technology that can recycle all plastics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plastic is a great material, but it’s also a curse that needs a cure … this is the first time a single technology has been able to recycle every kind of plastic.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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How to be an Exponential Leader in an exponential world

How to be an Exponential Leader in an exponential world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is changing faster than at any other point in human history, and that change is accelerating. The change is also more complex and dynamic, with more threats and opportunities than ever before, and successfully navigating it requires a new form of leadership.  ...

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AI replaces more fast food jobs to make your drive thru experience better

AI replaces more fast food jobs to make your drive thru experience better

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is increasingly able to automate more cognitive work, and fast food workers are in the firing line.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. First Travis Kalanick, Uber’s founder and ex CEO...

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NYPD sends in their robot DigiDog to spy on perps in the Bronx

NYPD sends in their robot DigiDog to spy on perps in the Bronx

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly powerful technologies let individuals and organisations do increasingly powerful things, and that worries many people who might be on the receiving end.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One day robots...

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