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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Futurist Virtual Keynote, Saudi Arabia: The Future of Education and Entrepreneurship, MISK

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today one entrepreneur can impact the lives of billions, and do it at a speed that was previously unimaginable.   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 the MiSK Foundation...

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Apple’s Augmented Reality OS gets unveiled as a concept

Apple’s Augmented Reality OS gets unveiled as a concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s time to break free of computer screens, viva la revolution, viva AR!   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 almost 50 years the concept of computers has largely remained the same....

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Sony bets big on virtual concerts and launches a virtual star at CES 2021

Sony bets big on virtual concerts and launches a virtual star at CES 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the real world artists are constrained by lots of things, including the laws of nature, but virtual concerts make all that a thing of the past.   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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Fable Studio’s virtual beings want to have a relationship with you

Fable Studio’s virtual beings want to have a relationship with you

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We talk to other people all the time, virtual beings are increasingly just like those people, but digital and without all that messy emotional baggage.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Fable...

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Scientists ran an experiment to prove a super intelligent AI couldn’t be controlled

Scientists ran an experiment to prove a super intelligent AI couldn’t be controlled

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Control is an illusion, and historically the smartest species has always wiped out less capable species,  so people are worried that’s what AI could do to humanity.   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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Stunning virtual reality sets are helping Hollywood re-invent movie making

Stunning virtual reality sets are helping Hollywood re-invent movie making

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making movies in virtual reality, and using gaming engines to create characters and sets, is revolutionising how blockbusters are made.   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 I’ve discussed many times before,...

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Samsung’s new robot does all your housework and serves you wine

Samsung’s new robot does all your housework and serves you wine

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Housework is boring, robots are awesome, and soon you can bring that awesomeness home.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. When I was compiling Samsung’s centennial Life in 2070 report to celebrate...

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Hyper realistic robot dolphins pave the way for the first animatronic aquariums

Hyper realistic robot dolphins pave the way for the first animatronic aquariums

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Children love animals, and zoo’s help children bond and empathise with animals, but huge moral questions about keeping animals in captivity have yet to be resolved. Animatronics could provide an answer …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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DeepMind’s AI learns the rules as it goes so it can conquer the real world

DeepMind’s AI learns the rules as it goes so it can conquer the real world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The real world doesn’t always have rules, so if we want to create AGI then we need AI’s that can learn things as they go along.   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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Coronavirus has become the first ever virus to be fully digitised

Coronavirus has become the first ever virus to be fully digitised

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Once you digitise something you can analyse it, share it, and run simulations that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible, and in this case that means finding new COVID-19 treatments faster.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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California utility finds a novel way to bring hydrogen energy to the masses fast

California utility finds a novel way to bring hydrogen energy to the masses fast

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hydrogen has more than ten times the energy density of lithium Ion batteries, zero emissions, and nothing to recycle, but distributing it has been an issue until now.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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Researchers hail new Earable Computing era as a thing

Researchers hail new Earable Computing era as a thing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Ears are often overlooked as a place to shove a computer into but as computing and sensor technologies become smaller and more sophisticated the researchers have a good point.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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Amazing self-deleting gene breakthrough reverses effects of genetic engineering

Amazing self-deleting gene breakthrough reverses effects of genetic engineering

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Genetic engineering is incredibly powerful, it can help cure thousands of uncuttable diseases and wipe out species, and until now it’s been irreversible.   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 a species...

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Moon Mark will hold the first remote control car race on the Moon late 2021

Moon Mark will hold the first remote control car race on the Moon late 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s fun, odd, it teaches kids to think bigger, and frankly why not …?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Everyone wants to do something to the Moon it seems – from...

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China’s giant weather modification program will soon cover an larger than India

China’s giant weather modification program will soon cover an larger than India

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By expanding its weather modification program to cover an area larger than India China could influence global weather patterns.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Climate change is real – even if...

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Walmart will start using fully autonomous trucks to make deliveries this year

Walmart will start using fully autonomous trucks to make deliveries this year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Even though the technology has been around for a few years now its taken companies a while to roll the technology out in anger.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Walmart, who...

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The Griffin Emerging Technology Starburst 2021 Edition, 2021 to 2070

The Griffin Emerging Technology Starburst 2021 Edition, 2021 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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Designers unveil the world’s first hydrogen powered superyacht

Designers unveil the world’s first hydrogen powered superyacht

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hydrogen packs ten times the energy of traditional LiON batteries and is a clean, green fuel, but its commercialisation has so far been alot slower than competing energy alternatives.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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Giant 40 storey tall wind turbines are coming to power America’s east coast

Giant 40 storey tall wind turbines are coming to power America’s east coast

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The larger the wind turbines the more electricity they generate and the cheaper they do it – making renewables even more affordable.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Renewable energy is now...

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World’s largest drone that will launch satellites from mid air finally unveiled

World’s largest drone that will launch satellites from mid air finally unveiled

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Access to space used to be expensive and slow, startups are changing that and fast.   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 I’ve been writing about the myriad of new methods companies...

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Zoox unveils what could be Amazon’s first robo-taxi

Zoox unveils what could be Amazon’s first robo-taxi

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Amazon has a reputation of being a pioneer, and soon they could be the first company to roll out autonomous delivery vehicles en masse.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It seems...

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Researchers taught an AI to successfully detect people’s moral principles

Researchers taught an AI to successfully detect people’s moral principles

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to determine a persons moral principles lays the foundation for a whole new method to pre approve, censor, and vet people – and it’s as dangerous as it is interesting.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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This new AI predicts which Twitter users will spread disinformation

This new AI predicts which Twitter users will spread disinformation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As everyone finds their voice online everyone becomes a “news platform” able to spread any information they like, so big tech needs new tools.   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 today’s...

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Ultra powerful quantum computers could give chatbots and digital humans emotions

Ultra powerful quantum computers could give chatbots and digital humans emotions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Learning to talk, like chatbots do, is one thing, being able to understand and respond to human emotions is an entirely different skillset that needs huge computing power.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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AI everywhere as DARPA spins up new intelligent edge computing projects

AI everywhere as DARPA spins up new intelligent edge computing projects

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today the vast majority of AI workloads run in centralised hyperscale datacenters, tomorrow they’ll run at the edge of the network on our smart devices, and revolutionise industries in new ways.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Synthetic molecules that mimic human cells successfully lured and killed the flu virus

Synthetic molecules that mimic human cells successfully lured and killed the flu virus

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Why let pathogens attack human cells when you can con them into attacking fake ones instead?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past year we’ve seen a huge ramp up...

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The french government just signed off on cyborg soldiers

The french government just signed off on cyborg soldiers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The new announcement opens the door to France developing future cyborg soldiers …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Cyborgs – every sci fi fan loves them when they’re in the movies....

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A new iconic DeLorean DMC-12 is coming in 2021

A new iconic DeLorean DMC-12 is coming in 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Time travellers and futurists need time travelling vehicles …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the years there have been many theories about how we could travel through time, including this...

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Research breakthrough shows Cold Fusion could be possible after all

Research breakthrough shows Cold Fusion could be possible after all

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cold fusion is science fiction, but a new breakthrough could edge it from being theoretical to 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. One of Google’s odder bets over the years was...

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US startup unveils brain hacking earbuds that treat a range of diseases

US startup unveils brain hacking earbuds that treat a range of diseases

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we learn more about manipulating the human brain companies are starting to find new ways to hack it to treat common diseases.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past...

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World first as AI officially joins the crew onboard a US military jet

World first as AI officially joins the crew onboard a US military jet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans will increasingly be working with and alongside AI’s – and the military is no exception.   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 a major technological leap forward for national defense in...

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Black box AI’s learn to express themselves so researchers can read their minds

Black box AI’s learn to express themselves so researchers can read their minds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Some AI’s are black boxes which means people don’t know how they do what they do, or how they reach their decisions, and that’s a major issue for different industry use cases.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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Futurist Virtual Keynote, UK: The Future of Diversity, Inclusion, and Work, ENEI

Futurist Virtual Keynote, UK: The Future of Diversity, Inclusion, and Work, ENEI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We live in a diverse world full of richness and awe, and in a world where the rate of disruption is accelerating companies need agile, adaptable, and diverse workforces now more than ever.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself...

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China to build its own ultra-powerful Z Machine to test mock nuclear explosions

China to build its own ultra-powerful Z Machine to test mock nuclear explosions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to simulate immensely powerful and energetic explosions, from nuclear explosions to exploding stars, is more useful than you might think …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Z Machines are unique...

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Singapore becomes the first country in the world to approve lab made meat for sale

Singapore becomes the first country in the world to approve lab made meat for sale

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For tens of thousands of years humankind have gotten their meat from animals, now that no longer needs to be the case.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Every new technology faces many...

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DARPA AI learns to autonomously build computer networks on the fly in minutes

DARPA AI learns to autonomously build computer networks on the fly in minutes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Legacy technologies are often incompatible with the latest technologies, but now AI’s that can build networks on the fly are solving that problem fast.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. How do you...

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Futurist Podcast: The Future of Work, Ingram Micro

Futurist Podcast: The Future of Work, Ingram Micro

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In spite of the negative news about the impact of AI and automation on jobs the future of work has many surprising upsides for humans.   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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Ground breaking Chinese quantum computer completes 2.5 billion year task in minutes

Ground breaking Chinese quantum computer completes 2.5 billion year task in minutes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers operate in fundamentally new ways that mean they can perform calculations that would take classical computers billions of years in just minutes.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Earlier in the...

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Futurist Virtual Keynote: Unleashing Future Human Potential, Ingram Micro

Futurist Virtual Keynote: Unleashing Future Human Potential, Ingram Micro

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people see AI and automation as a threat to jobs, but change your perspective and it’s also a entrepreneurial opportunity.   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...

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DeepMind’s protein folding AI conquers biology’s 50 year grand challenge

DeepMind’s protein folding AI conquers biology’s 50 year grand challenge

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to accurately model and predict how proteins fold has revolutionary implications for how fast we can create everything from new vaccines to new materials.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Google’s...

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Futurist Virtual Keynote, UAE: Predicting the Disruptive Future, Legal and General

Futurist Virtual Keynote, UAE: Predicting the Disruptive Future, Legal and General

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Disruption is everywhere, and its rate is accelerating, but where companies see threats, savvy investors see opportunities.   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 Gerardo and the teams at Legal...

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First test passengers push Virgin Hyperloop’s 750mph train closer to reality

First test passengers push Virgin Hyperloop’s 750mph train closer to reality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies and innovations follow a common pattern, first they’re built, then they’re tested, then they’re regulated and commercialised. This new test moves hyperloops closer to becoming a commercial reality.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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Futurist Fireside Chat: The Future of Infrastructure, KPMG

Futurist Fireside Chat: The Future of Infrastructure, KPMG

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Around the world trillions of dollars are being spent on building infrastructure, but disruption across multiple sectors is forcing a re-think.   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 Kirsty at...

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SpaceX’s latest Starship SN8 test was a huge explosive success

SpaceX’s latest Starship SN8 test was a huge explosive success

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF SpaceX are building one of the world’s largest rockets and despite multiple failures it’s getting closer entering service.   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 path to the future is littered with failures,...

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Canadian gamers made an intriguing dynamic VR game with interactive AI characters

Canadian gamers made an intriguing dynamic VR game with interactive AI characters

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI improves it’s going to open up a whole new realm of dynamic entertainment where the content creates itself on the fly, and where the characters are “alive” and “dynamic.”   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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