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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Robot Baristas help coffee shops limit the spread of Covid-19 as lockdowns ease

Robot Baristas help coffee shops limit the spread of Covid-19 as lockdowns ease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Covid-19 has been a big boost for robots, and now they’re taking over coffee shops.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The current Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19, has been a boon for the rapid testing and development of a...

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SpaceX successfully launches first crew into orbit, ushers in new era of spaceflight

SpaceX successfully launches first crew into orbit, ushers in new era of spaceflight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the past NASA designed and used their own rockets to transport astronauts to the ISS, now they’re using SpaceX as the world’s most expensive Uber.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. SpaceX and other companies like Blue...

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US Patent Office rules AI cannot be a legal inventor

US Patent Office rules AI cannot be a legal inventor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI and Creative Machines become capable of autonomously innovating their own products AI is increasingly becoming both tool and inventor which throws up a whole bundle of legal questions.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we...

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Boston Dynamics’ robot dog gets busy herding New Zealand sheep

Boston Dynamics’ robot dog gets busy herding New Zealand sheep

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are becoming increasingly capable and versatile which means they are now able to accomplish an increasingly wide variety of tasks.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We all know that humans jobs are under threat of being...

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Emission free flying a step closer after Chinese plasma jet breakthrough

Emission free flying a step closer after Chinese plasma jet breakthrough Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When it comes to the future of flight there are all kinds of new propulsion systems under development, and plasma jets show alot of promise.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Todays aircraft fly by consuming huge amounts...

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Nvidia’s AI watched Pac-Man then re-created the game from scratch without coding

Nvidia’s AI watched Pac-Man then re-created the game from scratch without coding Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s that can watch something and then instinctively learn how to do it or re-create it have the potential to revolutionise everything and every industry.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I’ve been talking a lot about...

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Researchers say this AI can judge your personality from selfies alone

Researchers say this AI can judge your personality from selfies alone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today lots of things are based on companies ability to assess your circumstances and personality, and now they have a new tool to play with.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Being able to judge a persons personality...

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US Navy shows off first of a kind laser weapon by destroying drones over the Pacific

US Navy shows off first of a kind laser weapon by destroying drones over the Pacific

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New weapons of war are emerging, from autonomous robotic weapons systems to hypersonic weapons systems, so the military needs a new way to defeat them all.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Laser weapons like the ones in...

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Researchers’ brainwave reading temporary tattoo reads your mind and your moods

Researchers’ brainwave reading temporary tattoo reads your mind and your moods

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Controlling technology with our minds will bring about a revolution in computing and computer interfaces,  and this new BMI Smart Tattoo brings it into everyone’s reach.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the facts about exponential...

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A new smartphone based DNA test identifies and tracks disease in real time

A new smartphone based DNA test identifies and tracks disease in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to identify pathogens and disease at the DNA level in real time has huge advantages – especially during a pandemic.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The current Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19, is showing just how beneficial...

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Scientists just discovered how to jump start consciousness in monkeys

Scientists just discovered how to jump start consciousness in monkeys

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Consciousness is still one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries, and scientists are getting closer to unravelling its secrets.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The source of consciousness has always been a mystery – arguably the ultimate...

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Futurist Keynote, Birmingham: Investing in the Exponential Era, Personal Finance Society

Futurist Keynote, Birmingham: Investing in the Exponential Era, Personal Finance Society

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We all work hard for our money, and then we want our money to work hard for us so we can retire in comfort, but the exponential future makes investing and planning for the future more challenging that ever.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect,...

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Researchers squeeze a record breaking 44.2Tbps out of ordinary fiber optic

Researchers squeeze a record breaking 44.2Tbps out of ordinary fiber optic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is consuming more and more content, more things are being connected to the internet, so in the future we need much faster networks to handle it all.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. You probably consider...

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Tesla’s revolutionary 1 million mile battery finally makes electric cars cheaper than gas guzzlers

Tesla’s revolutionary 1 million mile battery finally makes electric cars cheaper than gas guzzlers Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Great technology is one thing, but for it to be adopted by the masses it’s also got to be affordable, Tesla’s newest battery signals the death nell for traditional combustion engine vehicles.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Featured Futurist: Change the Abstract, Sopra Steria

Featured Futurist: Change the Abstract, Sopra Steria

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the rate of disruption accelerates many companies around the world are struggling with how to master it, and now help’s on hand.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, a big thank you to Ian, Sopra Steria’s...

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US researchers 3D printed mini nuclear reactors, complete with nuclear cores, in a lab

US researchers 3D printed mini nuclear reactors, complete with nuclear cores, in a lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we make nuclear reactors hasn’t really changed in decades, but now 3D printed nuclear reactors made in labs are on the verge of changing everything.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recent technology developments means we...

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Featured Futurist: The Climb to Digital Transformation, Cherwell

Featured Futurist: The Climb to Digital Transformation, Cherwell

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Digital transformation programs were already being prioritised before Covid-19 arrived, but post Covid they’re going to be supercharged.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, a big thanks to Ann and the team at Cherwell Software who in...

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ORNL and UPS show off first of a kind 20Kw wireless EV charging system

ORNL and UPS show off first of a kind 20Kw wireless EV charging system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Future electric vehicles will be wirelessly charged, and this is the technology that will help underpin.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Plugging your electric vehicle in at night to charge it is a hassle, so too is...

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Scientists are developing a face mask that lights up if it detects Covid-19

Scientists are developing a face mask that lights up if it detects Covid-19

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Detecting the presence of Coronavirus is difficult, this makes it as easy as strapping on a basic face mask.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Coronavirus, Covid-19, is having a devastating impact on people and one of the...

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Israeli researchers newest hack uses fans to steal classified data from top secret servers

Israeli researchers newest hack uses fans to steal classified data from top secret servers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Security is a game of cat and mouse, and there are plenty of ways to steal top secret data …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If you have top secret data to protect like, in today’s time...

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Covid-19 lockdown is straining networks and it’s AI to the rescue

Covid-19 lockdown is straining networks and it’s AI to the rescue

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With over half the world’s population in some form of lockdown everyone’s smashing the networks so companies are using AI to keeping those networks fast and reliable.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19,...

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Forget lockdown HIT, these mice got totally ripped with gene therapy

Forget lockdown HIT, these mice got totally ripped with gene therapy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Of course ethically there will never be any substitute for real exercise, but new gene therapies are pushing our thinking and could benefit people who can’t exercise.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The current Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19,...

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Proximie helps self-isolating surgeons perform virtual surgeries from home during Covid-19

Proximie helps self-isolating surgeons perform virtual surgeries from home during Covid-19

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you’re self-isolating or not allowed to go to work normally it’s a hassle, but it’s an even bigger problems for hospitals and surgeons.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The current Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19, means that over...

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China accelerates plans to become the world’s first cashless society as Covid-19 bites

China accelerates plans to become the world’s first cashless society as Covid-19 bites

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Covid-19 has accelerated the trials of many different types of technologies, from drones to self-driving cars, and 3D printing, now it’s accelerating the death of cash.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A couple of years ago the...

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Microsoft just patented a way to let you mine cryptocurrency with your mind

Microsoft just patented a way to let you mine cryptocurrency with your mind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Exponential technologies are helping us realise the dream of being able to create money with our minds.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Not much has happened in the payments space for a while now, that is unless...

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Eight360 unveil the “Spinning ball of Death,” a new crazy immersive VR simulator

Eight360 unveil the “Spinning ball of Death,” a new crazy immersive VR simulator

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our ability to create simulated virtual worlds and experiences improves we need new gadgets and toys to get the best from them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we continue to see more people take the...

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Futurist Keynote, London: The Future of Communities and Housing, British Property Federation

Futurist Keynote, London: The Future of Communities and Housing, British Property Federation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The places where we live and the communities we live in help make us who we are and shape our future and the way we build communities in the future will benefit everyone.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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A record breaking 12 million people watched Travis Scott’s virtual Fortnite concert

A record breaking 12 million people watched Travis Scott’s virtual Fortnite concert

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If this concert is anything to go by the future of concerts is virtual.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. With over half the world’s population under some form of lock down thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19,...

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A convincing DeepFake Elon Musk just Zoom-bombed a video call

A convincing DeepFake Elon Musk just Zoom-bombed a video call

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s getting easier to create DeepFakes and use them for fun or to run scams.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Elon Musk’s SpaceX might have banned Zoom for its employees over security concerns, however, you shouldn’t be surprised if...

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World first as scientists link biological and artificial neurons together in a network

World first as scientists link biological and artificial neurons together in a network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As digital computing platforms become more advanced and our ability to embed technology into humans improves the next step is to link them both together.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past couple of years there...

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IKEA becomes the first retailer to let customers pay for goods with time

IKEA becomes the first retailer to let customers pay for goods with time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The concept of value is fluid, and new tools and technologies are letting companies re-imagine how their customers pay for goods.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past few years we’ve seen lots of amazing new...

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Cruise redeploys its self-driving cars during Covid-19 to deliver vital food supplies in California

Cruise redeploys its self-driving cars during Covid-19 to deliver vital food supplies in California

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During Covid-19 it’s dangerous for people to be interacting with one another so companies are using autonomous technologies to help keep vital services running.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19, continues to work...

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Fortnite’s new experimental mode is all about partying, not fighting

Fortnite’s new experimental mode is all about partying, not fighting

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Gigs and concerts are going virtual in a big way, and they’re the future.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hands up who’s bored of lockdown. Hands up who wants to party. Yep, that’s what I figured, but...

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A satellite just serviced another satellite in space for the first time ever

A satellite just serviced another satellite in space for the first time ever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Satellites have a short shelf life, once they run out of fuel they either crash back to Earth or become space junk, now we have a way to keep them going ad infinitum.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Researchers show off transformer-like robots that change shape without central control

Researchers show off transformer-like robots that change shape without central control

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Small, cheap robots that can swarm together and transform themselves to accomplish a wide variety of different tasks make for a very hard to beat proposition.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the science fiction technologies...

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An American grad student just admitted using an advanced AI to write his term papers

An American grad student just admitted using an advanced AI to write his term papers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creative machines that are capable of generating all forms of new content can be used for good, bad, and also “fun” purposes – from writing books and fake news to cheating at school.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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DeepMind’s newest AI studies humans to exploit weaknesses in their strategies

DeepMind’s newest AI studies humans to exploit weaknesses in their strategies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone has their weaknesses, now researchers have developed AI’s that can identify and exploit them, one day though these AI’s will be able to identify and exploit any human flaw, as well as flaws in other AI’s, for better and worse.   Interested in the Exponential...

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Google unveiled a new type of AI that spontaneously mutates and evolves all by itself

Google unveiled a new type of AI that spontaneously mutates and evolves all by itself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s AI models are riddled with bias, plus they’re hard to develop, so Google have built an AI where evolution is the “Master Algorithm” in order to overcome these and other challenges.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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The US Space Force shows off its first offensive space weapon

The US Space Force shows off its first offensive space weapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space is just another battleground waiting to be spun up, and the US just raised the stakes again.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The race for space is on – literally. Whether it’s Elon Musk trying to...

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Microsoft AI that discovers 97 percent of critical software security flaws released

Microsoft AI that discovers 97 percent of critical software security flaws released

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The digital world is reliant on software that contains bugs and security vulnerabilities that all need identifying and patching, this new AI automates the task.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve written extensively before about a new...

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Scientists unveil yet another AI that converts your thoughts into sentences

Scientists unveil yet another AI that converts your thoughts into sentences

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to use brain machine interfaces to communicate with one another, as well as control machines, will revolutionise society in a range of ways.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Having a machine read your dreams and...

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Researchers hail 3D printed supercharged “bionic coral” breakthrough

Researchers hail 3D printed supercharged “bionic coral” breakthrough

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Corals today are under threat from climate change and warming acidic oceans, and if they can’t recover naturally they may need a helping hand.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The mass die off of coral reefs is...

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Researchers obliterate world record for solar cell efficiency, almost reach 50 percent

Researchers obliterate world record for solar cell efficiency, almost reach 50 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar energy and renewable energy give the world a pathway to green, sustainable energy production, and the solar efficiency record just got obliterated.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve been pointing out for a couple of years...

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Futurist Keynote: The Future of Work and Skills 2040, Aon

Futurist Keynote: The Future of Work and Skills 2040, Aon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we work and the way we tap into skills is changing, and tat impacts everything from how we educate our children and train our workforce, to how we build and operate companies.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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Futurist in the press: Coronavirus and the future of air travel, Business Standard

Futurist in the press: Coronavirus and the future of air travel, Business Standard

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Covid takes a wrecking ball through the global airline industry we take a look at what happens next and its impact on global travel.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thank you to Sai at Business...

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