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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Toyota used AI to supercharge EV battery development and saved years of effort

Toyota used AI to supercharge EV battery development and saved years of effort

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI can try millions of different chemical permutations a day, and dramatically accelerate product development.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Scientists and researchers around the world are increasingly turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI)and so called Robo-Scientists to...

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This new powerful terahertz camera uses lasers and radiation to see inside objects

This new powerful terahertz camera uses lasers and radiation to see inside objects Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes we want to be able to see inside of objects, and using the quirkiness of terahertz radiation now we can like never before.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I talked about a weird new type...

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A revolutionary AI built by MIT just discovered a new powerful antibiotic drug

A revolutionary AI built by MIT just discovered a new powerful antibiotic drug

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The anti-biotic crisis means that we need new approaches to finding and developing new anti-biotics, and AI has just proven itself to be a powerful new weapon in that fight.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. So called...

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The US military’s new Jetson laser can identify you from just your heartbeat

The US military’s new Jetson laser can identify you from just your heartbeat Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The number of technologies we can use to accurately identify and classify people are growing at a staggering rate.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The US military could soon spot you in a crowd, not by your...

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Scientists just created the wonder material Graphene from greenhouse gas Carbon Dioxide

Scientists just created the wonder material Graphene from greenhouse gas Carbon Dioxide Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Graphene is a wonder material that could revolutionise almost every industry on the planet – if we can find ways to manufacture it easily and cheaply…   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The general public knows the chemical...

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UK to ban the sale of combustion engine cars as early as 2032

UK to ban the sale of combustion engine cars as early as 2032

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Transportation accounts for a significant percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, and the UK government is setting some of the most ambitious targets in the world to de-carbonise their economy.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we...

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Lexus’ awesome Hoverboard goes on permanent display in the US

Lexus’ awesome Hoverboard goes on permanent display in the US

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the things we thought of as sci-fi are now sci-fact, but some are more ready for commercialisation than others.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Back in 2015, Lexus, who in another world first recently got...

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Developers show off next gen apps that get streamed to your phone

Developers show off next gen apps that get streamed to your phone Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more services move to the cloud and network speeds increase it’s inevitable that everything will be streamed.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We are truly entering the streaming era where everything, not just our movies, shows...

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Weird semi-synthetic bacteria churn out even weirder synthetic proteins

Weird semi-synthetic bacteria churn out even weirder synthetic proteins

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future unnatural synthetic bacteria, and nature, will be our factories, churning out everything from designer drugs and materials, to new types of synthetic proteins and much more.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past...

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DeepMind’s powerful AlphaZero AI makes the leap to quantum computing

DeepMind’s powerful AlphaZero AI makes the leap to quantum computing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s Artificial Intelligence agents will one day evolve to run on super powerful quantum computers, and that evolution has begun.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A new study suggests Google DeepMind’s amazing game playing algorithm AlphaZero, that...

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Scientists breakthrough turns common garbage into miracle material Graphene

Scientists breakthrough turns common garbage into miracle material Graphene

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Graphene is an amazing material that could transform almost every industry on Earth, from communications and computing, to energy and transportation, but manufacturing it has been problematic so far.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I cover hundreds...

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McDonalds open their first Dark Kitchen in the UK

McDonalds open their first Dark Kitchen in the UK

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more food orders are taken online restaurants don’t need to operate traditional restaurants. Or employ people…   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. With the rise of automation – which in the world of fast food includes...

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Panasonic unveil their cool new ultra lightweight Morpheus inspired VR glasses

Panasonic unveil their cool new ultra lightweight Morpheus inspired VR glasses

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF VR headsets are dorky and bulky, so Panasonic has cut away at them and re-imagined them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Analysts are always telling us that this is the year of Virtual Reality (VR), whatever that...

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Researchers just created the first solar panels that work at night

Researchers just created the first solar panels that work at night

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Now when the Sun goes down now your solar panels can keep on generating electricity 24/7/365 no matter what.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. So far companies have installed over 1 trillion watts of renewables around the...

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Volkswagen envision a future where autonomous robots charge your EV

Volkswagen envision a future where autonomous robots charge your EV

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Retrofitting older buildings, car parks, and roads with supercharger networks will be expensive, so these robots bring the charging points to you instead.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the problems of owning an electric car...

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Google says its chatbot is capable of near human conversation

Google says its chatbot is capable of near human conversation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today you can’t have a conversation with your AI assistant, but in the future you will be…   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with the leader of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence...

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Fully autonomous truck goes unaided coast to coast in an American first

Fully autonomous truck goes unaided coast to coast in an American first

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All vehicles are going autonomous, and this is the first time a fully autonomous truck has successfully gone coast to coast across America.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Frankly there hasn’t been much interesting news recently when...

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Genetically engineered male moths programmed to kill off females released into the wild

Genetically engineered male moths programmed to kill off females released into the wild

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Genetic engineering is the ultimate Pandora’s Box, and the lid’s coming off as companies discover new ways to control and kill pests in the wild.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s play a game… what’s the most...

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Verizon shows off their latest Superbowl 5G experience

Verizon shows off their latest Superbowl 5G experience

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 5G will help organisations deliver a whole variety of new customer experiences, like these…   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the questions I often get asked is what’s so special about 5G? 5G is what I...

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World’s first fully pilotless commercial aircraft takes off from France

World’s first fully pilotless commercial aircraft takes off from France

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone tells us aircraft can fly by themselves, now they really can, and this is just the first step of that transition.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We’ve all heard and read about the arrival of autonomous...

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Bosch unveil augmented reality glasses that shoot lasers into your eyeballs

Bosch unveil augmented reality glasses that shoot lasers into your eyeballs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day we won’t have screens, one day images could be beamed directly into your eyes from a distance, and this is the first step.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while ago I wrote about a...

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NASA unveils plans to grow homes on Mars and the Moon out of fungi

NASA unveils plans to grow homes on Mars and the Moon out of fungi

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As odd as this might sound it’s actually a very logical idea when you think about it, and NASA aren’t the first to think about growing homes or cities out of plants.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Intel’s newest laptop packs a foldable display into a tiny package

Intel’s newest laptop packs a foldable display into a tiny package

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to fold displays and devices means users can pack more screen into a smaller footprint, which might mean they change the way they use their devices when they’re out of the house.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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Uber’s breakthrough problem solving AI learns by creating then solving its own problems

Uber’s breakthrough problem solving AI learns by creating then solving its own problems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solving problems is hard and requires a different set of skills – human skills. Now Uber’s AI is getting those same skills, but in an exponential way.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Imagine an Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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Sony’s unveil their colossal new 16k display that could be yours for $5million

Sony’s unveil their colossal new 16k display that could be yours for $5million

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Display resolutions will continue to get better and better, and there’s no end in sight yet.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently there have been a number of developments in the display technology, with the arrival of...

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Research breakthrough could turn smartphones into quantum computers

Research breakthrough could turn smartphones into quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Crossing this bridge opens the door to turning your laptops and smartphones into ultra-powerful quantum computers. Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Quantum computers will be amazingly powerful, running hundreds of millions times faster than today’s state of...

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Google gave an AI intuition, then it drove a race car without being taught

Google gave an AI intuition, then it drove a race car without being taught

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans and animals learn many things intuitively, like walking, and now researchers have found a way to embody this same trait within AI.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Animals are lucky, after all they’re born with innate...

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Next gen wearable monitors your blood and the environment to improve your health

Next gen wearable monitors your blood and the environment to improve your health

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s wearables don’t monitor many of your vital signs or the environment, and now researchers have found a way to close that gap.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it, you’re wearable sucks. If it’s anything...

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New Lithium-Sulfur batteries have five times the capacity of Lithium-Ion

New Lithium-Sulfur batteries have five times the capacity of Lithium-Ion

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the world tries to move away from fossil fuels we’re seeing an explosion in the number of new battery and energy innovations like this one.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers have developed a new battery. Yes,...

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Living bricks that can reproduce could help create self-healing green buildings

Living bricks that can reproduce could help create self-healing green buildings

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We often think of materials as being static, but today “life” is being embedded into materials, and that opens the door to a whole new world of opportunities.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A simple combination of...

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Physicist proposes radical new Stellar Engine that could move an entire universe

Physicist proposes radical new Stellar Engine that could move an entire universe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Given the right tools you can move anything, including a universe, and now a physicist has developed a new stellar engine concept.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I love crazy ideas, because in most cases those ideas...

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MojoVision unveil the world’s first augmented reality contact lens

MojoVision unveil the world’s first augmented reality contact lens

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Smartphones won’t be around forever, hopefully, and one company is trying to position augmented reality contact lenses and the next great leap.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Spies want smart contact lenses, like this one that was...

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ClearView puts the full power of facial recognition into law enforcement’s hands

ClearView puts the full power of facial recognition into law enforcement’s hands

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine no longer being anonymous in public – that reality is already here.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Biometric identification is great, unless of course you value your privacy. And today we’re mostly used to facial recognition...

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Scientists find a way to bridge the gap between classical and quantum computing

Scientists find a way to bridge the gap between classical and quantum computing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are hundreds of millions times more powerful than today’s computers, and this breakthrough could put one on your desktop.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Quantum computers that are millions of times more powerful than traditional computing...

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Futurist Keynote, Helsinki: Future of Content and Creativity, Episerver

Futurist Keynote, Helsinki: Future of Content and Creativity, Episerver

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creativity has long been thought of as being uniquely human, but that same human creativity and ingenuity is now giving rise to the world’s first Creative Machines that are capable of creating content and innovating products.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book,...

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Russia’s new 200 knot “supercavitating” torpedoes leave America speechless

Russia’s new 200 knot “supercavitating” torpedoes leave America speechless

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Innovation can happen anywhere, and if you can find a way to eliminate the friction around torpedoes then they can literally fly at high speed.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently Russia became the first  military power...

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Russia becomes the first country in the world to deploy hypersonic weapons

Russia becomes the first country in the world to deploy hypersonic weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most countries are now on a tear to develop the first generation of hypersonic weapons, and Russia just became the first to deploy them in active service.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hypersonic weapons that travel anywhere...

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World first as researchers 3D print capacitors straight into PCB’s

World first as researchers 3D print capacitors straight into PCB’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our ability to 3D print electronics in a variety of forms is increasing all the time, and that brings a ton of benefits for future gadgets and products.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Using multi-material 3D printers...

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The world’s first living robots were created by an AI and a supercomputer

The world’s first living robots were created by an AI and a supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As scientists continue to unravel the mysteries of life they’re increasingly finding new ways to edit, control, and manipulate it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it, when I talk about robots the first thing that...

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New 3D printing technique helps researchers create better shape shifting materials

New 3D printing technique helps researchers create better shape shifting materials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are numerous occasions where a shape shifting material, or a reactive material, would be useful and now we have an easier way to create them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Even without a brain or a...

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Audi spin out Holoride unveils its amazing in car VR experience

Audi spin out Holoride unveils its amazing in car VR experience

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As cars eventually die, and autonomous vehicles become pods on wheels, we’ll need to find new ways to entertain ourselves and the kids.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As car companies, like Audi and Toyota, among others,...

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Researchers made bacterial nano-networks to make DNA storage more efficient

Researchers made bacterial nano-networks to make DNA storage more efficient

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA storage holds huge amounts of promise but getting information into DNA and then getting it back out again has been problematic.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Humanity is creating information at an unprecedented rate, and I’m...

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Looking Glass unveil their stunning new 8K holographic display

Looking Glass unveil their stunning new 8K holographic display

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Volumetric displays are attempting to give users a VR-like experience but without the glasses, and they’re getting better.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The first thing you need to note when writing about Looking Glass, that I...

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US Army explores the use of shape shifting robots for 2040

US Army explores the use of shape shifting robots for 2040

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is transforming warfare, and the US military believes autonomous swarms of shape shifting robots could give them a significant advantage in battle.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I discussed how swarms of robots were able...

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Researchers unveil an unhackable chip that even quantum computers can’t crack

Researchers unveil an unhackable chip that even quantum computers can’t crack

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers will be able to crack most encryption systems on the planet, but this new security system is apparently uncrackable.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The word unhackable is a strong one and recently there have...

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