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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The UAE is in new talks with Pantheon to 3D print an 11 storey skyscraper

The UAE is in new talks with Pantheon to 3D print an 11 storey skyscraper

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future all buildings will be 3D printed, but it’s a marathon not a sprint …   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. A while...

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The world’s first commercial quantum network is being built in London

The world’s first commercial quantum network is being built in London

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hackers want to steal data and eavesdrop on communications, quantum networks make that almost impossible.   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. Quantum networks, which are...

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Anzu teams up with Roblox creators to bring ads to the Metaverse

Anzu teams up with Roblox creators to bring ads to the Metaverse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is no escaping advertising even in the Metaverse where debates about regulations and privacy will likely take years to begin …   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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Japan to trial new energy tankers to transport energy from deep sea wind farms

Japan to trial new energy tankers to transport energy from deep sea wind farms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Energy that is generated and stored offshore needs transporting, just like we transport oil today, so Japan have created a new breed of “Energy tankers.”   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Innovative Ocean Battery stores renewable energy at the bottom of the deep sea

Innovative Ocean Battery stores renewable energy at the bottom of the deep sea

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes energy generated by offshore wind farms is hard to store or transfer, this is a neat solution to that problem and new energy tankers can then collect the energy at their leisure.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself...

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Walmart patents show it’s mulling entering the Metaverse with own NFTs and crypto

Walmart patents show it’s mulling entering the Metaverse with own NFTs and crypto

WHY THIS MATTERS The metaverse is potentially a multi-trillion dollar opportunity – eventually – and companies are experimenting and laying their stakes already.   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. When...

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Researchers warn hackers could sabotage 4D printed products to cause catastrophic failures

Researchers warn hackers could sabotage 4D printed products to cause catastrophic failures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 4D printing lets us create morphing products with special on demand properties which could be sabotaged to cause deadly failures.   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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PayPal code reveals the company might be creating its own Stablecoin cryptocurrency

PayPal code reveals the company might be creating its own Stablecoin cryptocurrency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Almost everyone nowadays is minting their own money and there are very few companies that aren’t experimenting in the space.   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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Robot waiters get bussing in Silicon Valley’s newest hot restaurant

Robot waiters get bussing in Silicon Valley’s newest hot restaurant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans do a lot of things that we shouldn’t bother with, like carrying dishes around, so now we have robots to do it for us.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Airspeeder carries out the world’s first eVTOL drag race in Oz

Airspeeder carries out the world’s first eVTOL drag race in Oz

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Any time anyone creates a new vehicle invariably someone wants to race them and create a new sport.   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. Around...

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Magnet powerful enough to pick up an aircraft carrier to help ITER kickstart fusion

Magnet powerful enough to pick up an aircraft carrier to help ITER kickstart fusion

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fusion promises to give the world limitless amounts of clean green energy, but first we have to get a working prototype reactor …   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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Sensors that detect Covid-19 in the air get major US military funding

Sensors that detect Covid-19 in the air get major US military funding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you’d like to know if there are any pathogens in the air around you then this is the tech for you.   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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Microsoft becomes the first major tech company to hold a VR keynote session

Microsoft becomes the first major tech company to hold a VR keynote session

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual Reality is still a relatively nascent technology but it’s improving and being adopted faster than ever.   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. Microsoft recently...

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Researchers new penny sized computer monitor bone health in real time

Researchers new penny sized computer monitor bone health in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lots of people suffer from bone problems and this new computer could help track disease progression as well as help develop more effective personalised treatment plans.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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New AI computer vision system detects malware with staggering accuracy

New AI computer vision system detects malware with staggering accuracy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The use of machine vision, using computers to “see” malware and cyber threats, is revolutionary and possible game 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....

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The US Army is training to take down real life hunter killer Terminator robots

The US Army is training to take down real life hunter killer Terminator robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of war will be autonomous and machine versus machine versus humans, so the US military’s getting ready for future wars where the rules have changed …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read...

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First of a kind Chinese smart city to put AI in control of meeting citizen’s needs

First of a kind Chinese smart city to put AI in control of meeting citizen’s needs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a difference between managing a smart city and being responsible for meeting the needs of that city’s residents and now AI is doing both.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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These tiny bio-electronic implants could treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

These tiny bio-electronic implants could treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lots of people have rheumatoid arthritis and it’s a painful condition to have, but now new bioelectronic implants could eliminate most of that pain.   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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In a world first doctors use VR to help parents visualise their child’s surgery

In a world first doctors use VR to help parents visualise their child’s surgery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual Reality can be used by healthcare professionals to help them create empathy and explain the impact of surgical procedures on others.   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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UK researchers on the path to release swarms of robots into our sewers

UK researchers on the path to release swarms of robots into our sewers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year we loose trillions of gallons of water from old leaking pipes and infrastructure, and now the robots are getting onto the case …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Swiss government first to approve the use of an assisted suicide booth

Swiss government first to approve the use of an assisted suicide booth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes people want to pass over to the next place but the law and technology doesn’t make it easy or painless for them, now there’s a literal suicide booth to help …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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Accenture created a VR “Nth Floor” to bring remote teams together during the pandemic

Accenture created a VR “Nth Floor” to bring remote teams together during the pandemic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is letting us bring people together in new ways to do new things, and this is a great example of forward thinking …   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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Robots go on patrol in South Korean care homes to detect mental health issues

Robots go on patrol in South Korean care homes to detect mental health issues

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology gets better at using different biomarkers and biometric cues to detect how people are feeling it’s opening up new healthcare opportunities.   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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World’s first living robots made by AI surprise scientists by spontaneously reproducing themselves

World’s first living robots made by AI surprise scientists by spontaneously reproducing themselves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI, supercomputers and scientists created the world’s first living programable robots from frog cells, and they just spontaneously reproduced themselves surprising the everyone …   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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Wright to make a 100 seater electric aircraft powered by Aluminium by 2026

Wright to make a 100 seater electric aircraft powered by Aluminium by 2026

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aluminium Air batteries have way much more energy density than even Hydrogen, and now one startup aircraft manufacturer’s ready to bet on the technology.   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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Amazing new grain sized nanocamera snaps amazing hi def images

Amazing new grain sized nanocamera snaps amazing hi def images

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything gets smaller and better, and camera systems are no exception which opens up all manner of new use cases and applications for them.   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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Amazing new cancer therapy stops cancer in its tracks and prevents it spreading

Amazing new cancer therapy stops cancer in its tracks and prevents it spreading

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers have found a “switch” that stops cancer in its tracks and stops it spreading, and they also know how to turn it off. 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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Non invasive wearable tech monitors cholesterol levels through the skin

Non invasive wearable tech monitors cholesterol levels through the skin

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cholesterol can be a killer but detecting and measuring it is normally invasive and tricky, but soon your smart watch could measure it for you.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Orbital Assembly plans to open first space hotel in 2027

Orbital Assembly plans to open first space hotel in 2027

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future space is just that place you haven’t had a holiday in yet … and startups want to change that.   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 experimental chewing gum slows down the spread of COVID-19

New experimental chewing gum slows down the spread of COVID-19

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies are coming up with all manner of ways to try and get life back to normal and one of the latest innovations is a new kind of chewing gum!   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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Rolls Royce’s electric plane smashes multiple world records

Rolls Royce’s electric plane smashes multiple world records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Future aircraft will be powered by “greener” fuels, from ammonia and electricity to hydrogen, and their rate of development is accelerating – literally.   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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Seoul to become the world’s first Metaverse city

Seoul to become the world’s first Metaverse city

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Metaverse and Virtual Reality can help people connect in new ways and improve people’s access to various services and locations like never before.   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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Tesco selects central London for it’s first walk in walk out store

Tesco selects central London for it’s first walk in walk out store

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We have had the technology to let customers walk in, grab what they want, pay, and leave without stopping at the checkout for a long time, but it’s now rolling out.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Sandia uses citric acid to extract Rare Earth elements from common coal ash

Sandia uses citric acid to extract Rare Earth elements from common coal ash

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a literal geopolitical war brewing over the availability of rare earth elements, but now a new process could open the door to almost unlimited quantities.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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New molecular assembler method makes manufacturing new drug compounds faster

New molecular assembler method makes manufacturing new drug compounds faster

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of manufacturing will be molecular assemblers, and while they’re already here and making products they have a long way to go before they mature.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Charging your EV in 5 mins gets closer with Ford’s latest EV charging cable

Charging your EV in 5 mins gets closer with Ford’s latest EV charging cable

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It takes a few minutes to fill your car with gasoline, now it could take the same amount of time to charge your EV.   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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China’s GAC Group first to unveil an electric car with a 1,000km range

China’s GAC Group first to unveil an electric car with a 1,000km range

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People with electric cars often talk about range anxiety, but this latest EV from China smashes it out the park.   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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IBM’s 127 Qubit Eagle quantum computer is the biggest yet

IBM’s 127 Qubit Eagle quantum computer is the biggest yet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are billions of times faster than traditional logic computers at performing certain calculations, and this is the biggest quantum computer yet.   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 new nanochip re-programs human cells and tissue to cure disease

This new nanochip re-programs human cells and tissue to cure disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are some examples, such as internal injuries and heart attacks, where it would be great to be able to turn one kind of cell into another kind of cell on demand, now we can.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future...

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Google DeepMind is teaching AI to play Diplomacy before taking on the real thing

Google DeepMind is teaching AI to play Diplomacy before taking on the real thing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI might be getting alot better at strategy, but sometimes diplomacy is called for and that’s a skill that AI has yet to master …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Now...

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In a world first Chinese hackers spoofed biometric authentication systems to steal $76 Million

In a world first Chinese hackers spoofed biometric authentication systems to steal $76 Million

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You can change your password but you can’t change your face… and biometric authentication systems are now being hacked at scale.   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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Novel Israeli startup uses ice to store solar energy and solve energy’s “Duck Curve”

Novel Israeli startup uses ice to store solar energy and solve energy’s “Duck Curve”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today renewable energy sources don’t generate electricity 24/7, and while they will in the future for now we need a way to store excess energy so it can be released back to the grid when we need it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our...

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QRate uses QKD quantum tech to prevent autonomous vehicles being hacked

QRate uses QKD quantum tech to prevent autonomous vehicles being hacked

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When someone hacks your connected toaster it’s a nuisance, but when someone takes control of millions of connected cars and crashes them into one another it’s a bigger problem – now there’s a solution to prevent that.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential...

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The US and Japan are in a race to replace the Lithium Ion battery

The US and Japan are in a race to replace the Lithium Ion battery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Just a few countries control the supply of the world’s Lithium, and in today’s odd geopolitical world that’s an issue, so the race is on to eliminate Lithium from batteries.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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Hienz shows off the first ketchup from its Martian tomatoes

Hienz shows off the first ketchup from its Martian tomatoes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If astronauts on Mars have chips and burgers they’ll likely want ketchup too and now they can …   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. In...

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