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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4D printed artificial fruit looks better and tastes better than the real thing

4D printed artificial fruit looks better and tastes better than the real thing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our food and the way we produce it is changing – and it’s going to cause a massive societal shift in how we view our favourite past time.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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First AI crushed human gamers, now it’s coaching them to be better gamers

First AI crushed human gamers, now it’s coaching them to be better gamers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI learns in a different way to beat humans at, literally, their own games. Now it’s being used to coach gamers become better gamers, and it won’t stop with just gaming.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX will make its own laws on Mars when it colonises the planet

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will make its own laws on Mars when it colonises the planet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk wants to colonise Mars, and it looks like he doesn’t want to play by Earth’s rules when he gets there …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Elon Musk,...

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Deepfake world leaders warn Americans about undermining democracy

Deepfake world leaders warn Americans about undermining democracy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepFakes are increasingly realistic, cheap, and easy to make, and in two years time you won’t know the difference between real humans and fake ones online.   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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AztraZeneca’s cheap COVID-19 vaccine made in record time proves highly effective

AztraZeneca’s cheap COVID-19 vaccine made in record time proves highly effective

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A Covid-19 vaccine will hopefully get the world back to work, but the speed it’s been created at is the real revolution.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Normally vaccines take...

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China launches the world’s first 6G satellite

China launches the world’s first 6G satellite

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 6G will enable mobile broadband speeds of Terabits per second compared with 5G’s gigabits per second speeds, and China wants to be the world leader in the technology.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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TCL shows off the world’s first sideways rolling TV

TCL shows off the world’s first sideways rolling TV

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flexible displays and screens have been a long time coming, but they are finally emerging …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Sci-fi films often have a bunch of fancy gadgets,...

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Hassell and NASA show off their fantastic Martian habitat concepts

Hassell and NASA show off their fantastic Martian habitat concepts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to 3D print buildings on the Moon means optimising 3D printing technology and processes, operating lean, and being as efficient as possible – which one day could revolutionise how we build buildings on Earth.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community,...

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LG’s first rollable TV is now on sale for an eye watering price

LG’s first rollable TV is now on sale for an eye watering price

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF They’ve been years in development, but finally flexible and in this case rollable displays are coming to the market.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. LG has been talking about a huge...

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At just 11 atoms the world’s smallest sensor sheds light on the quantum realm

At just 11 atoms the world’s smallest sensor sheds light on the quantum realm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are rapidly getting to the point where the smallest sensors are just atoms in size, which means we could integrate them into almost anything and everything in the future.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from...

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World Economic Forum report says machines will do 50 percent of all work by 2025

World Economic Forum report says machines will do 50 percent of all work by 2025

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation and autonomous technologies, which are different from one another, are getting more intelligent and sophisticated, and they’ll have a major impact on future jobs.   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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K-Pop’s newest band member will be a CGI generated digital human

K-Pop’s newest band member will be a CGI generated digital human

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything you watch through a screen is just a collection of digital pixels, and as AI gets better at generating synthetic content real human performers could be less relevant …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from...

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Nvidia’s GauGan AI can now turn your crappy art into decent synthetic videos

Nvidia’s GauGan AI can now turn your crappy art into decent synthetic videos

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is getting better, quickly, at being able to generate increasingly hi resolution and sophisticated synthetic content, and that will turn the entire global creative industry on its head.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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The US military found a way to use AI to turn humans into living sensor networks

The US military found a way to use AI to turn humans into living sensor networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This sounds like science fiction, again, but turning humans into living sensor networks that are monitored and controlled by AI is technologically possible now.   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...

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Featured Futurist: The pandemic has exposed just how flexible companies need to be, WIRED

Featured Futurist: The pandemic has exposed just how flexible companies need to be, WIRED

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rate of global change and disruption was accelerating pre-COVID, but now, as we look towards the “Post COVID era” it’s been turbocharged and companies need to adapt like never before.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Two digital humans went on a date and it was awfully good

Two digital humans went on a date and it was awfully good

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day digital humans will be as life-like as real humans in the way they act, behave, and talk, this is one big 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...

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Fossil fuels run out of gas as Bloomberg reports renewable energy is now the world’s cheapest energy

Fossil fuels run out of gas as Bloomberg reports renewable energy is now the world’s cheapest energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cost of generating electricity from renewable energy sources is approaching zero, and fossil fuels can’t compete as they face elimination from the global energy mix.   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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Disney just got closer to nailing life-like androids

Disney just got closer to nailing life-like androids

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone would take one of today’s robots for a human, so Disney’s development teams have been zeroing in on the fine details to close the gap.   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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South Park creators announce the world’s first DeepFake sattire TV show

South Park creators announce the world’s first DeepFake sattire TV show

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepFakes and synthetic content will continue to redefine how we make content and the tools we use to make 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. Wherever you look at the moment...

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Uber used AI to automatically fire drivers and now they’re going to court

Uber used AI to automatically fire drivers and now they’re going to court

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today your boss is human, probably, but tomorrow he or she could be an Artificial Intelligence.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. “You’re fired!” so said Donald Trump during his days heading...

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A UK entrepreneur made diamonds from nothing but air

A UK entrepreneur made diamonds from nothing but air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Real diamonds leave open scars in the Earth and workers suffer to extract them, but these new diamonds are the ultimate in eco-friendly alternatives.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Diamonds, it...

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Virtual star and singer Lil Miquela unveils her debut US single Not Mine

Virtual star and singer Lil Miquela unveils her debut US single Not Mine

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future your little wanna be pop stars are going to have to compete with virtual stars …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. America could soon be getting a new...

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Z Machine generates six times the world’s energy to create a White Dwarf star on Earth

Z Machine generates six times the world’s energy to create a White Dwarf star on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technology we’re developing as a society is increasingly making sci-fi look tame, and we are only just beginning.   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 few years we’ve done...

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Futurist Keynote: The Future of Customer Experience, LinkedIn

Futurist Keynote: The Future of Customer Experience, LinkedIn

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New sci-fi like technologies are changing the customer experience like never before, and there’s plenty still to come.   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 Ana and the amazing...

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Futurist Keynote, USA: Unleash your Exponential Potential, Ingram Micro

Futurist Keynote, USA: Unleash your Exponential Potential, Ingram Micro

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology will soon help you unleash your exponential potential, and all you have to do is change your perspective.   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 Holly and the...

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Energy scavenging nano tech generates energy from everything

Energy scavenging nano tech generates energy from everything

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We have an abundance of energy, and now we have the tech to tap into it – no matter where it 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. Imagine a mobile phone...

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Riot built the world’s most awesome mixed reality E-Sports stage using Mandalorian tech

Riot built the world’s most awesome mixed reality E-Sports stage using Mandalorian tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Events are changing in a big way, and the Covid-19 lockdowns have encouraged some companies to really push the limits of what’s technologically 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. Events are...

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A GPT-3 bot posted comments on Reddit all week and users approved

A GPT-3 bot posted comments on Reddit all week and users approved

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Artificial Intelligence improves it’s going to be increasingly difficult to distinguish human made content from machine generated, or “fake” content and that will be an issue …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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NASA and Nokia team up to build the Moon’s first 4G network

NASA and Nokia team up to build the Moon’s first 4G network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Early Moon colonists will need connectivity too, as well as their daily dose of internet cat sattire.   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. Over half the people on the planet don’t...

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Room temperature superconductor breakthrough teases new energy revolution

Room temperature superconductor breakthrough teases new energy revolution

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We use superconductors in everything from MRI and NMR machines to sci-fi quantum computers, and room temperature superconductors will change everything.   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. Following in the footsteps...

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European Central Bank announces it’s seriously exploring a digital Euro

European Central Bank announces it’s seriously exploring a digital Euro

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cash, sooner or later, will die, and several countries are trialling its replacements.   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. As the use of cash around the world continues to shrink, as...

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The Griffin Emerging Technology Starburst 2020 Edition, 2020 to 2070

The Griffin Emerging Technology Starburst 2020 Edition, 2020 to 2070

Technology is a blank slate, but when it is combined with human or machine based creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship it is a tool that can help us transform the world, and as new powerful emerging technologies become increasingly affordable and democratised our ability to transform culture, industry, and society, at...

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Futurist Podcast: The impact of emerging tech 2020 to 2050, Mark Metry

Futurist Podcast: The impact of emerging tech 2020 to 2050, Mark Metry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is changing at a faster rate now than at any other point in human history, and no part of human culture, industry, or society is protected from it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from...

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Radical new technique lets AI learn with practically no data

Radical new technique lets AI learn with practically no data

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans don’t need to be told what everything is to understand it, we have a “natural” ability, now AI is gaining that ability too.   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. Machine...

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Futurist on the Radio: Can 3D printed houses solve the housing crisis? TodayFM

Futurist on the Radio: Can 3D printed houses solve the housing crisis? TodayFM

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today many countries face a housing crisis, but being able to 3D print buildings multiple times faster and cheaper than using legacy construction techniques could change that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote,...

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Futurist Podcast: The Future of Energy, The Mentor Project

Futurist Podcast: The Future of Energy, The Mentor Project

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is going through an energy revolution and transition unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, and the rate of energy innovation is truly staggering.   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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Nvidia releases tons of new DeepFake tools to make Zoom calls suck less

Nvidia releases tons of new DeepFake tools to make Zoom calls suck less

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you think you look awful on Zoom calls and have a face for radio then Nvidia’s got the tool you’ve been wishing for all year.   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...

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US military starts using human gamers brainwaves to train killer robot swarms

US military starts using human gamers brainwaves to train killer robot swarms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Human gamers have to be able to think on their feet to overcome the odds, and now the US military is using that for their own advantage.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote,...

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Boom supersonic unveil their first prototype commercial aircraft

Boom supersonic unveil their first prototype commercial aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We used to be able to travel supersonic, before the Concorde program was scrapped, but now those days are returning.   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. The days of supersonic travel...

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USAF experiments with neurotraining to cut pilot training times in half

USAF experiments with neurotraining to cut pilot training times in half

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Training soldiers and individuals faster gives countries an advantage in business and on the battlefield, and they’re using sci-fi like neuro-tech to realise substantial gains.   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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Apple iPhone 12 packs in Lidar to bring physical and virtual worlds closer together

Apple iPhone 12 packs in Lidar to bring physical and virtual worlds closer together

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lidar sensing systems used to be an incredibly large and incredibly expensive, and now they’re in your phone.   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. This week Apple introduced its latest line...

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Russians latest military exoskeleton controls drone swarms and survives landmines

Russians latest military exoskeleton controls drone swarms and survives landmines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technologies continue to mature and miniaturise we’re reaching the point where we can embed AI and compute into clothing and use our minds to control swarms of drones.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential...

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British Army shows off tiny bug drone that flies at 50mph and blows doors off

British Army shows off tiny bug drone that flies at 50mph and blows doors off

WEHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology always gets smaller and more performant, and this is a perfect example.   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. In time every technology gets smaller, like this camera that is so...

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NASA partners with ICON to 3D print its future Moonbase

NASA partners with ICON to 3D print its future Moonbase

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While 3D printed buildings are disrupting how we build buildings on Earth off world it looks like it’s going to be the defacto standard.   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. All...

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Futurist on the Radio: Can 3D printing solve the housing crisis? NewsTalk

Futurist on the Radio: Can 3D printing solve the housing crisis? NewsTalk

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many parts of the world have a housing crisis, but promising new construction technologies could very well help change that.   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. Firstly, thank you to...

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