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 US government unveils plans to build a nuclear power station on the Moon

The US government unveils plans to build a nuclear power station on the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When we do eventually build a colony on the Moon the colonists will need power, this is one way to achieve that, but there are others …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote,...

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Georgia Tech secures grant to smash an Exabyte of data into a DNA sugarcube

Georgia Tech secures grant to smash an Exabyte of data into a DNA sugarcube

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is producing vast quantities of information and today’s storage technologies are increasingly struggling to keep up.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute...

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OpenAI’s GPT-3 moves us closer to realising computers that write their own code

OpenAI’s GPT-3 moves us closer to realising computers that write their own code

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF GPT-3 is a revolutionary new natural language model that has many uses, including writing code.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. When OpenAI first published a paper on their new language...

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Airbus show off their first flying taxi prototype as it takes to the skies

Airbus show off their first flying taxi prototype as it takes to the skies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Traffic jams are synonymous with cars, and both are global issues, so companies are looking to the future and trying to reinvent travel and mobility.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Breakthrough lets ships make unlimited amounts of their own fuel using seawater

Breakthrough lets ships make unlimited amounts of their own fuel using seawater

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cargo industry is one of the world’s most polluting, but this new way to create fuel might make them more sustainable.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while ago...

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OpenAI debuts massive GPT-3 AI upgrade with over 175 billion parameters

OpenAI debuts massive GPT-3 AI upgrade with over 175 billion parameters

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The human brain has nearly 100 trillion synapses, OpenAI’s newest AI has 175 billion “synapses” so there’s a long way to go before the two are on parity, but it’s off to a great start.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future...

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The Orbital Perspective and a promise of a better future for humanity

The Orbital Perspective and a promise of a better future for humanity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Have you ever wondered what humanity could achieve, the challenges we could all overcome, if we acted as one?   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We all have moments of clarity...

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SpaceX’s Mars Starship aces first hop tests

SpaceX’s Mars Starship aces first hop tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF SpaceX’s Starship is a heavy lift rocket that will eventually transport thousands of tons of equipment and people into orbit and to Mars.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. SpaceX seems...

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Researchers say deep learning will help free up spectrum for future 5G and 6G networks

Researchers say deep learning will help free up spectrum for future 5G and 6G networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the radio spectrums get more crowded we need a new way to keep our communications systems working, and AI is coming to the rescue.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Scientists have created a brain-like Neurotransistor that learns by itself

Scientists have created a brain-like Neurotransistor that learns by itself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Transistors capable of self-learning has many benefits, including helping create robots that teach themselves new skills without human help or programming.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Moore’s Law might be...

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World’s spies finally get the bug on a wall cam they’ve been chasing for so long

World’s spies finally get the bug on a wall cam they’ve been chasing for so long

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you ever wanted to spy on anyone the cameras of the future won’t disappoint.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s long been known that bugs would make the perfect...

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Prototype zero emission jet engine generates thrust using nothing but air and electricity

Prototype zero emission jet engine generates thrust using nothing but air and electricity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aircraft today burn huge amounts of fossil fuels that pollute the world, this latest breakthrough would make them zero emissions.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today’s planes fly by burning...

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Genetically engineered cattle only produce male offspring to save the world

Genetically engineered cattle only produce male offspring to save the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA is the software of life, and our ability to code it is getting exponentially better – for better and worse.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In spite of the...

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Virgin Galactic unveils the interior cabin of it’s tourist space plane

Virgin Galactic unveils the interior cabin of it’s tourist space plane

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you’re jetting off on your holidays today to some foreign land, then tomorrow you could be travelling to hotels in space …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while...

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An AI hiring company says it can predict job hopping based on your interview

An AI hiring company says it can predict job hopping based on your interview

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Ironically at a time when companies should be hiring “creative explorers” and “disruptors” those are the same people that this company’s AI will tell you not to hire …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential...

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Bitesize Future S1E3: The Immortal CEO, with Aon

Bitesize Future S1E3: The Immortal CEO, with Aon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We’re getting to the point where we can immortalise ourselves in code, and the impact could be world changing.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In this Bitesize Future episode we...

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Bitesize Future S1E2: Avatars and the Future of AI, with Aon

Bitesize Future S1E2: Avatars and the Future of AI, with Aon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you digitise humans you might get more than you bargain for …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In this Bitesize Future episode we take a 90 second look at...

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Introducing Biteseize Future S1E1: Disrupting the world in a day, with Aon

Introducing Biteseize Future S1E1: Disrupting the world in a day, with Aon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s changing fast, so you could probably do with some fast insights.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As regular readers will know the future is fast paced, complex, and...

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Quadruple stranded DNA seen in human cells for the first time

Quadruple stranded DNA seen in human cells for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of life was created using just two strands of DNA with 4 nucleotides, so what could we achieve with four stranded DNA that has 8 nucleotides?   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote,...

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Revolutionary flat nano-thin cameras edge closer to mass production

Revolutionary flat nano-thin cameras edge closer to mass production

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Metalenses are revolutionary – they’re nano-thin and flat which makes them the future of camera technology, now they could be manufactured at millionths of cents on the dollar.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our...

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World’s smallest camera is so small it travels around your bloodstream scanning you from the inside

World’s smallest camera is so small it travels around your bloodstream scanning you from the inside

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Big tech companies watch you from the outside, now they can watch you from the inside, literally. And it also has medical applications …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Cameras...

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At just a single photon the world’s smallest transistor has literally zero size

At just a single photon the world’s smallest transistor has literally zero size

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Transistors are found in every electronic device on Earth, but Moore’s Law is running out of steam, and now researchers have developed the world’s smallest transistor – with zero size.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Moore’s Law is...

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink outfit say they’ll stream music directly to your brain

Elon Musk’s Neuralink outfit say they’ll stream music directly to your brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cortical implants and Brain Machine Interfaces have come along way in just a few years, now Elon Musk says soon you won’t need your ears to hear the music …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Elon Musk announced...

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Higher Steaks shows off the world’s first lab made bacon and pork bellies

Higher Steaks shows off the world’s first lab made bacon and pork bellies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of food doesn’t involve raising animals for slaughter or growing crops in fields … and it’s arriving.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Amazon and Ocado are growing crops in vertical farms in warehouses, not open fields, companies are 3D printing beef...

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Criminal actors created and weaponised a network of DeepFakes to discredit sovereign countries

Criminal actors created and weaponised a network of DeepFakes to discredit sovereign countries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to believe what you see, hear, and read online will soon become an almost impossible job.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve been talking about the upsides and downsides of Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms that can...

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Disney just unveiled its high def face swapping tech

Disney just unveiled its high def face swapping tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Can you believe what you see online? Increasingly no, and this latest high definition “DeepFake” tech is going to make it even harder.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. How would you like to swap faces with people? Perhaps,...

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KFC embraces future of food, inks deal to sell 3D printed chicken nuggets

KFC embraces future of food, inks deal to sell 3D printed chicken nuggets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The meat you eat has to be raised, slaughtered, and then transported, but now you can buy real meat that never travelled a mile and never lived …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Amazon and Ocado are growing...

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Your smartphone can now use your voice to predict heart attacks

Your smartphone can now use your voice to predict heart attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Democratising access to high quality healthcare is of critical importance globally, and increasingly all you need is a smartphone.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Exponential technologies are helping us achieve amazing new things, from helping wean the world...

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A US startup just built a giant centrifuge to fling rockets into space

A US startup just built a giant centrifuge to fling rockets into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies are trying to lower the cost of accessing space, and flinging rockets into space could make space travel ridiculously cheap.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. All manner of companies are experimenting with all manner of ways to...

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Researchers clever new filter protects your likeness from being DeepFaked

Researchers clever new filter protects your likeness from being DeepFaked

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepFakes will be with us for the rest of eternity, and they’ll get easier to create, so in the future you may need ways to protect yourself.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Send me a photo of yourself...

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Novel bio-ink lets doctors 3D print human organs directly into patients bodies

Novel bio-ink lets doctors 3D print human organs directly into patients bodies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to 3D print human organs for transplant is game changing, being able to 3D print them directly into patients is sci-fi realised.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. So far in the past few years I’ve talked...

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Disney Imagineers show off their amazing Holodeck

Disney Imagineers show off their amazing Holodeck

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our ability to create virtual worlds improves companies are looking for new ways to immerse themselves in the technology.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while ago I talked about a company that’s attempting to build the...

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Researchers find a new way to train AI’s to protect them from deadly adversarial attacks

Researchers find a new way to train AI’s to protect them from deadly adversarial attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more of the world comes to rely on AI adversarial attacks pose a particular challenge to companies and people in critical industries who are responsible for the safety of people and systems.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Exponential technologies feel like they’re accelerating because they are

Exponential technologies feel like they’re accelerating because they are

“While many people feel the rate of technological development is accelerating what they often miss is that this acceleration is also accelerating.”   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If you ask an audience whether they think the global rate of change is faster today...

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New Membrane on a Chip tech accelerates COVID-19 vaccine screening

New Membrane on a Chip tech accelerates COVID-19 vaccine screening

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Human-on-a-Chip technologies could dramatically accelerate drug testing and get vital drugs into the market faster to save lives.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. When it comes to testing the efficacy of untested drugs to see whether or not...

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How to think exponentially and think like a Futurist

How to think exponentially and think like a Futurist

“The future is widely misunderstood. Our ancestors expected it to be pretty much like their present, which had been pretty much like their past.”   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that we humans aren’t great predictors of the...

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This E-Bike reads your brainwaves to help you stay alive on the road

This E-Bike reads your brainwaves to help you stay alive on the road

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Your mind can perceive threats much faster than you can react to them, now companies are building mind reading tech into products to help keep you safe.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI) that read...

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Florida start up gears up to take tourists into space – by balloon

Florida start up gears up to take tourists into space – by balloon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space is being democratised and the first space tourists and space hotels are getting ready for launch so space balloons seem an obvious next step … sort of   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Space tourism is rapidly becoming...

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Food made from thin air could disrupt the global Soya market within a decade

Food made from thin air could disrupt the global Soya market within a decade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creating Soya and other protein products has a huge environmental impact, food literally made from air eliminates that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. There’s a food revolution going on – whether it’s plant based meat, which let’s face...

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Tumour-on-a-Chip invention could accelerate new cancer treatments

Tumour-on-a-Chip invention could accelerate new cancer treatments

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today if you want to see how effective a drug is at killing Cancer you have to rely on human trials, but that could soon be a thing of the past.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In the...

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Researchers eavesdrop on conversations remotely using lightbulbs

Researchers eavesdrop on conversations remotely using lightbulbs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Privacy is a myth for most of us, and in the world of espionage and hacker collectives there are a myriad of new tools coming through to spy on people in new ways.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Nanotech helps chocolatiers create rainbow chocolates and give artificial colourings the boot

Nanotech helps chocolatiers create rainbow chocolates and give artificial colourings the boot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Foods contain all kinds of harmful or questionable artificial colourings, by using this new manufacturing method those can all be eliminated.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. To date there have been all kinds of developments when it comes...

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A brain switch helped put mice into suspended animation, could do same for humans

A brain switch helped put mice into suspended animation, could do same for humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Putting humans into suspended animation would give surgeons more time to operate on critical patients, and help us colonise far off worlds, and we’re getting closer to it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As humanity continues to look...

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First universal quantum computer programming language unveiled

First universal quantum computer programming language unveiled

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Developing the computing platform is one thing, but all computers need software and universal programming languages to gain mass adoption.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Developing the hardware for a new computing platform is only part of the...

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Researchers just found a new way to create AI’s that can deal with chaos

Researchers just found a new way to create AI’s that can deal with chaos

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Life is messy, it’s disordered, it’s chaotic – and so far AI hasn’t been able to get it’s head around it. That’s about to change.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making its way into...

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