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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Grid scale iron battery storage helps utilities eliminate gas peaker plants

Grid scale iron battery storage helps utilities eliminate gas peaker plants

WHY THS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we want to get rid of fossil fuel energy generation sources then we need grid scale batteries that store electricity for alot longer than today’s LiON battery systems …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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The world’s first NFT mortgage lets you buy real property in new ways

The world’s first NFT mortgage lets you buy real property in new ways

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The $17 Trillion mortgage industry hasn’t been disrupted in centuries, but things are changing …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The hottest Non-Fungible Token...

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A virus wiped out anti-biotic resistant bacteria in an immunocompromised patient

A virus wiped out anti-biotic resistant bacteria in an immunocompromised patient

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Anti-Biotic resistance is a growing problem, and researchers and governments are increasingly desparate for solutions – this could be one.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Dubai’s virtual asset regulator is the world’s first to create an HQ in the Metaverse

Dubai’s virtual asset regulator is the world’s first to create an HQ in the Metaverse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Regulators are often way behind the curve when it comes to learning about new technologies and innovations, and the risks involved, but Dubai’s VARA is bucking the trend.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read...

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New Metaverse mortgages could leave people bankrupt

New Metaverse mortgages could leave people bankrupt

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Taking out a metaverse mortgage to buy virtual land and realty in a virtual world which could shut down is a risk, but some people are taking it anyway.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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Researchers show it’s possible to load malware onto switched off phones

Researchers show it’s possible to load malware onto switched off phones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When your smartphone is off it isn’t and that means certain active components can be hacked even when you think they can’t.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch...

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New bacteria and bioreactor breakthroughs are cleaning up toxic waste water

New bacteria and bioreactor breakthroughs are cleaning up toxic waste water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pollution isn’t sexy, no influencer will spend their time poking creating content about it, but it’s killing people and the environment and we need solutions.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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China’s new digital currency comes with an expiry date for better and worse

China’s new digital currency comes with an expiry date for better and worse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we enter the era of digital programmable money China has now started introducing money that expires, and it can be used to stimulate the economy or just make activists pennyless …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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Customers shocked after market crash sees two cryptocurrencies just turn their networks off

Customers shocked after market crash sees two cryptocurrencies just turn their networks off

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you have cash under your bed it’s there forever, but what happens when cryptocurrency companies just turn their networks off … customers just found out and it’s not good.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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Bulgari’s immersive NFT art installation experiments with algorithms and crypto art

Bulgari’s immersive NFT art installation experiments with algorithms and crypto art

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF NFT’s and Web 3.0 represent a new kind of global economy, a phydigital economy, where real and digital products sit alongside each other and compliment one another.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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Sony and co form an alliance to use blockchain tech to fight DeepFakes

Sony and co form an alliance to use blockchain tech to fight DeepFakes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Some deepfakes are meant for fun, others are meant to spread lies, disinformation, and weaponise society against itself so new tools are needed to detect them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Engineers have a new problem, stopping climate change from destroying roads

Engineers have a new problem, stopping climate change from destroying roads

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As extreme weather events, flooding, sea level rise, and climate change intensify our world’s infrastructure is going to get increasingly crippled if we don’t change how and where we build it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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These smart electric chopsticks change the flavour of your food on demand

These smart electric chopsticks change the flavour of your food on demand

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF On the one hand these could help people eat healthier by changing the flavour of food to make it taste nicer, on the other they could have applications in the metaverse …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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Iron Beam laser weapon counters multiple drone threats in live fire tests

Iron Beam laser weapon counters multiple drone threats in live fire tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare will include laser weapons and many sci-fi fans will rejoice …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Rafael has successfully tested...

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A new ultra lightweight hydrogen fuel tank could make jet fuel obsolete

A new ultra lightweight hydrogen fuel tank could make jet fuel obsolete

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hydrogen fuels tanks aren’t sexy but if you want to replace jet fuel with greener energy alternatives then making them light is crucial, so this is a milestone.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read...

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Futurist Keynote, Germany: The Future of Shipping and Trade, HPA

Futurist Keynote, Germany: The Future of Shipping and Trade, HPA

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In this keynote Matthew Griffin shares how technology is already and will continue to change the future of the shipping industry and global trade.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and...

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Stanfords new solar panels work at night and there’s more to come

Stanfords new solar panels work at night and there’s more to come

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are told solar panels only generate electricity when it’s sunny, but for researchers around the world that hasn’t been true for years.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends, ...

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This astronaut riding a horse shows AI is getting better at creating synthetic content

This astronaut riding a horse shows AI is getting better at creating synthetic content

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you told a human artist to create a picture of an astronaut riding a horse they’d be able to do it, but up until now context has been very hard for AI to grasp.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future...

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This new super alloy from NASA could revolutionise hypersonic flight

This new super alloy from NASA could revolutionise hypersonic flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As aircraft and rockets, as well as other things, get faster and more demands are put on them we need new materials that can handle the temperatures and stresses.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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State actors weaponise DeepFakes to try and change the course of the Ukraine war

State actors weaponise DeepFakes to try and change the course of the Ukraine war

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you can no longer trust the information you see, and when technology lets you create fake people and fake content, the fabric of society starts to unravel.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read...

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The UK starts talks with SpaceX to launch a $20 Bn solar power station into orbit

The UK starts talks with SpaceX to launch a $20 Bn solar power station into orbit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar panels are affected by cloud and other environmental conditions like dust, but in space solar power stations would be free from these challenges and could generate alot more constant electricity.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Featured Futurist: The Jobs of 2040, Telegraph

Featured Futurist: The Jobs of 2040, Telegraph

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology has always automated away human jobs but it has also led to a fantastic growth in new jobs, in this feature article with the Telegraph Matthew Griffin explore what those future jobs could be.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future...

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Futurist Keynote: The Future of Entrepreneurship in a Sci-Fi World, 1BW

Futurist Keynote: The Future of Entrepreneurship in a Sci-Fi World, 1BW

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In this session keynote speaker Matthew Griffin discusses the critical thinking and skills entrepreneurs and want to be entrepreneurs need to launch and grow their business in a world where the old rules of business generally no longer apply.   Love the Exponential Future? Join...

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Jack Dorsey wants Elon Musk to turn Twitter into a protocol not a company

Jack Dorsey wants Elon Musk to turn Twitter into a protocol not a company

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Future companies won’t look anything like the companies of today in the way they operate and scale, and this is a great example of future thinking.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Record breaking US military test takes beaming energy long distance to a new level

Record breaking US military test takes beaming energy long distance to a new level

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Beaming electricity means you don’t need energy infrastructure and has lots of benefits, this was a ground breaking test.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Space based communication company Starlink just signed its first airline customer

Space based communication company Starlink just signed its first airline customer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is disruption in motion, and it won’t be long before other airlines and regions of the world ditch their current telco’s and sign up with Elon Musk’s Starlink.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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Elephant, lion, tiger, and zebra steaks are on the menu thanks to lab made meats

Elephant, lion, tiger, and zebra steaks are on the menu thanks to lab made meats

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you can take the cell from an animal and use it to grow meat in bioreactors then that cell can be from any animal – from T-Rex’s to Porcupines and Pandas … this is a food revolution.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our...

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Huupe unveils its interactive smart basketball hoop complete with Netflix

Huupe unveils its interactive smart basketball hoop complete with Netflix

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As physical sports and entertainment merge with digital and virtual forms companies are experimenting with bringing new experiences to the courts.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote,...

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Adidas jumps into the world of NFTs with Bored Ape Yacht Club

Adidas jumps into the world of NFTs with Bored Ape Yacht Club

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Metaverse and NFT’s represent a new $13 Trillion economy, and companies are experimenting with it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Adidas has announced...

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Queen Mary university students become the first to have lectures in the Metaverse

Queen Mary university students become the first to have lectures in the Metaverse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most education systems are stuck in the industrial age teaching students traditional skills in traditional ways that haven’t evolved much for a century.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends, ...

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A new DNA tool is speeding up vaccine development by a million fold

A new DNA tool is speeding up vaccine development by a million fold

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In short? The faster we can create vaccines for diseases the fewer people that have to suffer or die from those diseases. Enough said?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and...

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It turns out using the oceans to suck up CO2 might be alot harder than people thought

It turns out using the oceans to suck up CO2 might be alot harder than people thought

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The UN recently said that carbon sequestration and capture is now the only way to avert 2C of global warming, and the oceans could have played a big role …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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Smartphones could one day identify you by your grip

Smartphones could one day identify you by your grip

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many more ways to identify who you are – for all sorts of purposes – than you might think.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote,...

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The UK Government creates one government login to rule them all

The UK Government creates one government login to rule them all

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you want to surveil, or serve, a society better as a government the best way to do that is to join all your systems together.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Coup prediction algorithms are here to save and wreck democracy

Coup prediction algorithms are here to save and wreck democracy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to predict peoples behaviours before they occur can be useful, but it can also be dangerous if they’re in the wrong governments hands.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Genetically engineered gut bacteria produce Parkinson’s drugs in vivo for patients

Genetically engineered gut bacteria produce Parkinson’s drugs in vivo for patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What if pharmacies and doctors weren’t in a remote building somewhere but in your body instead?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. New research presented...

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In world first human brain cells in a dish learned to play Pong faster than AI

In world first human brain cells in a dish learned to play Pong faster than AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Future computers and AI’s will likely be biological and organic, and this breakthrough could play a role in the future of computing in a very weird way.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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Open Meals uses your biology to 3D print custom Sushi for each individual diner using

Open Meals uses your biology to 3D print custom Sushi for each individual diner using

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We talk about personalised medicine, but personalised food is also now taking on a whole new meaning …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Usually,...

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This AI just built a computer within itself that runs another AI

This AI just built a computer within itself that runs another AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We all too often think of things in one dimension terms, but what happens when computers can run in computers, and AI’s can run in AI’s, or both can run in each other? And evolve themselves … ?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our...

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Notpla’s latest sustainable packaging is edible and disappears

Notpla’s latest sustainable packaging is edible and disappears

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What if you could just eat the packaging a product came in?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Plastic packaging is a scourge and today...

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Sustainable packaging brand Notpla re-imagines paper by using seaweed

Sustainable packaging brand Notpla re-imagines paper by using seaweed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sustainability is at the top of everyone’s agendas, and seaweed could be a secret weapon used in everything from biofuels to packaging …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends, ...

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Adidas dives into the Metaverse with AI created avatars and banging sneakers

Adidas dives into the Metaverse with AI created avatars and banging sneakers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The metaverse presents an $8 Trillion opportunity and companies are experimenting with a trend that could dominate future commerce and entertainment …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch...

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An algorithm just learned how to design new proteins from scratch

An algorithm just learned how to design new proteins from scratch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Proteins make “life” work, and now that an AI can design them from scracth it opens the door to potentially billions of new proteins which could transform everything from materials to healthcare.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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Australia’s ANZ Bank becomes the world’s first bank to mint its own crypto Stablecoins

Australia’s ANZ Bank becomes the world’s first bank to mint its own crypto Stablecoins

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Money is changing. Alot. And this is both giving governments new opportunities and freaking them all out.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Australia and...

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A flying jetpack is on track to help create the world’s first Hoverbike

A flying jetpack is on track to help create the world’s first Hoverbike

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bikes are great. Hoverbikes that fly are even greater. Enough said.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. At around the age of 12, David Mayman...

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