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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US military launches cube sats to test new anti-hypersonic weapons tech

US military launches cube sats to test new anti-hypersonic weapons tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Currently there are no defenses against hypersonic weapons and the US military is desperately trying to build them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The US military has a problem that it’s...

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Samsung just built the world’s highest resolution 200MP camera sensor

Samsung just built the world’s highest resolution 200MP camera sensor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Why settle for photo-real images when they can be better than life itself?!   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Samsung’s latest super-sized camera sensor is the “Isocell HP1” and it has a...

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Research of billions of links shows the internet is both shrinking and expanding

Research of billions of links shows the internet is both shrinking and expanding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The internet is increasingly our second, if not our first, home – and changes to it affect all of us in one way or another.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The...

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Researchers create Star Wars like holograms in the lab

Researchers create Star Wars like holograms in the lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Future entertainment will be in 3D, not 2D like it is today, and these researchers are turning sci-fi into sci-fact.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Almost every sci-fi technology you can...

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Researchers smash fusion record to generate 700 times more power than the entire US grid

Researchers smash fusion record to generate 700 times more power than the entire US grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fusion energy is still a long way off, but the amount of power some prototypes are generating is staggering.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Thermonuclear weapons may be dangerous, but they’re...

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Featured Futurist: When tech goes shopping, Kaspersky

Featured Futurist: When tech goes shopping, Kaspersky

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What happens when your customers are robots? And automated? And autonomous? Let’s discuss …   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 Dan at Kaspersky for asking me to contribute...

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Futurist Keynote, Finland: The Future Customer Journey, Valmet

Futurist Keynote, Finland: The Future Customer Journey, Valmet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all customers on a journey, to discover, evaluate, , buy, and use things, but technology is changing our experience beyond all recognition.   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, thanks...

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The world’s most advanced humanoid robot takes parkour in its stride

The world’s most advanced humanoid robot takes parkour in its stride

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While Atlas looks like, and is, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot alot of its behaviours and movements are still pre-programmed.   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 can run, balance like...

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Significant MQ-9 Reaper drone AI upgrade opens door to full military autonomy

Significant MQ-9 Reaper drone AI upgrade opens door to full military autonomy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you had the world’s most sophisticated drone wouldn’t full hunter-killer automation be too tempting to ignore?   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 the United Nations announced that they believed they’d...

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Researchers have finally found a way to 3D print wood on demand

Researchers have finally found a way to 3D print wood on demand

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to 3D print wood opens a whole new world of opportunities and will improve sustainability.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We can create genetically engineered wood, grow wood in...

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In a world first patent officials in South Africa credited an AI as an inventor

In a world first patent officials in South Africa credited an AI as an inventor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans are no longer the only inventors in town and this marks the start of a new AI driven innovation 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. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been...

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California has a plan to turn Hoover Dam into a giant $3 Billion battery

California has a plan to turn Hoover Dam into a giant $3 Billion battery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Batteries, that store and release energy, come in all shapes and sizes – and this would be one of the world’s largest.   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 much money do...

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Firms line up Green Ammonia as a future zero emission fuel for aviation and shipping

Firms line up Green Ammonia as a future zero emission fuel for aviation and shipping

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By 2050 the aviation and shipping sectors need to be carbon neutral, which means they need to wean themselves off of polluting fossil fuels 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. You...

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BIG and Icon 3D print Martian Vanacular habitat as NASA eyes Mars ambitions

BIG and Icon 3D print Martian Vanacular habitat as NASA eyes Mars ambitions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technologies we will use on other planets to construct buildings are also disrupting the traditional Earth bound construction industry. Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hot on the heels of designing 3D...

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Artificial intelligence gets a seat in the boardroom in Hong Kong

Artificial intelligence gets a seat in the boardroom in Hong Kong

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is increasingly being used as a strategic decision making tool, and in this case the company decided to give it a literal seat on the board.   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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Researchers networked animal brains together to create an organic computer

Researchers networked animal brains together to create an organic computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People have always said the brain is like a giant computer, and now we can network them together just like computers.   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 future where computers...

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Researchers extend the range of super speed 5G mmWave with lasers

Researchers extend the range of super speed 5G mmWave with lasers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The distance that mmWave 5G signals can travel to deliver super fast speeds is really short and unreliable – this is one solution to that problem.   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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TSMC announces new 2nm chip plans as Intel struggles with 7nm

TSMC announces new 2nm chip plans as Intel struggles with 7nm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Smaller transistors mean more powerful computer chips and as giants like Intel struggle others are speeding ahead.   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 transistor sizes get increasingly smaller, with 7nm transistor...

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Swedish company unveils the world’s first carbon free “Green steel”

Swedish company unveils the world’s first carbon free “Green steel”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Industries like the steel industry are among the world’s most polluting, but new technologies and techniques are making it greener.   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 world’s first customer delivery of...

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Meet Arrow the world’s first and only supersonic drone

Meet Arrow the world’s first and only supersonic drone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s drones are slow and kind of dumb, tomorrow’s are fast and smart – and they’re going to get faster and smarter …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Drones are getting...

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Living pharmacies within our bodies could help cure jet lag and disease

Living pharmacies within our bodies could help cure jet lag and disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we make drugs in factories and then inject and pop them when we need to – but what if our bodies could make those drugs in vivo at the first sign of disease?     Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future...

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Molecular farming means your next vaccine could be grown in a plant

Molecular farming means your next vaccine could be grown in a plant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What if your food could vaccinate you against diseases? And other odd questions …   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’s a hot summers day and you bite down on a plump,...

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New Australian heat tolerant COVID-19 vaccine heads to human trials

New Australian heat tolerant COVID-19 vaccine heads to human trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most COVID-19 vaccines today have to be stored at extremely low temperatures making it hard to get them to remote regions who need them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the...

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DOE creates Digital Twins of every building in America to reduce CO2 emissions

DOE creates Digital Twins of every building in America to reduce CO2 emissions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Digital twins of buildings, cities, and even the Earth let people analyse problems and find solutions faster.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Digital twins, which are basically just intricate and detailed...

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Tesla Powerwalls team up to create Virtual Power Plants and save LA from blacking out

Tesla Powerwalls team up to create Virtual Power Plants and save LA from blacking out

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future physical power plants are relics of history, and they’re virtual.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Why bother building an actual physical power plant when you can just aggregate...

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New microwave weapon THOR helps the USAF defeat drone swarms in seconds

New microwave weapon THOR helps the USAF defeat drone swarms in seconds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future swarms of weaponised drones will over run battle fields so the world’s military’s need new defensive weapons.   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 frightening video scenario swarms...

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Magnetised roads could charge your electric vehicle while you’re driving

Magnetised roads could charge your electric vehicle while you’re driving

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future EV’s will be wirelessly charged, but getting there requires a whole set of new infrastructure.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the biggest barriers to electric vehicle...

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Scientists used CRISPR to create a superbug resistant to all viruses on Earth, again

Scientists used CRISPR to create a superbug resistant to all viruses on Earth, again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the second time we’ve created a superbug, and it shows how powerful gene editing technology can be.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Do you remember the time I talked...

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Energy free aerogels help scientists turn air into clean water

Energy free aerogels help scientists turn air into clean water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Only 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh, and most of that is locked in the atmosphere.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Some say future wars will be fought over water,...

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65 percent of all COVID disinformation came from just 12 people

65 percent of all COVID disinformation came from just 12 people

WHY THAT MATTERS IN BRIEF Disinformation in our connected digital world is its own pandemic, and it only takes a few people to sway global opinion.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. During my keynotes and sessions...

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Saudi megacity Neom to build world’s first solar dome desalination plant

Saudi megacity Neom to build world’s first solar dome desalination plant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More areas of the world are suffering from water scarcity, and while desalinating seawater is a solution it also has its issues that this goes some way to solving.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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Price to bury carbon nears tipping point as cost of emissions soar

Price to bury carbon nears tipping point as cost of emissions soar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When it becomes cheaper to conserve than pollute you’ll be amazed how fast companies change their habits.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it if you want to change something...

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Daymak unveil Spiritus the world’s first cryptocurrency mining car

Daymak unveil Spiritus the world’s first cryptocurrency mining car

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Why can’t a car make you money instead of costing you money? And other great questions …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Most of us would love a free car. And...

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USAF pumps $60m into Quarterhorse their future 4,000mph autonomous aircraft

USAF pumps $60m into Quarterhorse their future 4,000mph autonomous aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future aircraft are fast, and autonomous, and also fast… really 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. Future aircraft will be fast – very fast – and some of them...

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Google Earth’s new upgrade is a 37 year timelapse of the entire Earth

Google Earth’s new upgrade is a 37 year timelapse of the entire Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our planet changes all the time, and now you can see exactly how it’s changing and the impact we’re having on our world.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Satellites are doing...

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Japan sets a crazy new internet speed record at  319 terabits per second

Japan sets a crazy new internet speed record at 319 terabits per second

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s thirst for internet speeds is only going one way, now Japanese scientists just bust internet speed the record.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Ever wonder why the internet, as...

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The UN IPCC’s climate report is “Code Red for humanity”

The UN IPCC’s climate report is “Code Red for humanity”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Japanese have a saying: “We all live under one sky.” But increasingly as a result of human activity that sky, and the climate that goes with it, is changing our world.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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IQ tests can’t measure it but Cognitive Flexibility is key to learning and creativity

IQ tests can’t measure it but Cognitive Flexibility is key to learning and creativity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our future will be vastly different from today’s reality so students will need all the help they can get to make the most of it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The...

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Drax announces the worlds largest negative emissions energy project

Drax announces the worlds largest negative emissions energy project

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Greenhouse gasses that are responsible for climate change are being emitted faster than ever before, and now companies are being incentivised to literally bury them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Drax,...

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Arm’s flexible plastic computer chip gets ready to revolutionise the Internet of Things

Arm’s flexible plastic computer chip gets ready to revolutionise the Internet of Things

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future computer chips won’t be made of silicon …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If you read my blog regularly then you’ll have read about the future of computing...

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MIT’s newest material contains sensors and a neural network

MIT’s newest material contains sensors and a neural network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology gets smaller it’s going to help us transform everything around us in new ways …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Materials have always been a physical thing. But that’s...

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Replica Studios makes it easy for games studios to create synthetic voices

Replica Studios makes it easy for games studios to create synthetic voices

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When AI can create authentic human voices who needs voice actors? And what else can they do?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hot on the heels of DeepZen who recently released...

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The worlds first mountain based solar farm is 50 percent more efficient

The worlds first mountain based solar farm is 50 percent more efficient

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When it comes to solar where you build your solar farm really makes a difference …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. So far over 1 Trillion Watts of renewables have been...

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Apple announces plans to scan every iPhone for child abuse images

Apple announces plans to scan every iPhone for child abuse images

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This strikes at the heart of people’s moral conundrums when it comes to the ethics of privacy – on the one hand the idea is to be praised, and on the other demonised …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof...

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Volumetric video startup turns 2D video streams into interactive 3D content

Volumetric video startup turns 2D video streams into interactive 3D content

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future everything will be volumetric and 3D, and this is another example of the new tech that will get us 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. Virtual Reality (VR)...

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