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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Russians latest military exoskeleton controls drone swarms and survives landmines

Russians latest military exoskeleton controls drone swarms and survives landmines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technologies continue to mature and miniaturise we’re reaching the point where we can embed AI and compute into clothing and use our minds to control swarms of drones.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential...

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British Army shows off tiny bug drone that flies at 50mph and blows doors off

British Army shows off tiny bug drone that flies at 50mph and blows doors off

WEHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology always gets smaller and more performant, and this is a perfect example.   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 time every technology gets smaller, like this camera that is so...

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NASA partners with ICON to 3D print its future Moonbase

NASA partners with ICON to 3D print its future Moonbase

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While 3D printed buildings are disrupting how we build buildings on Earth off world it looks like it’s going to be the defacto standard.   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. All...

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Futurist Podcasts: Can 3D printing solve the housing crisis? NewsTalk

Futurist Podcasts: Can 3D printing solve the housing crisis? NewsTalk

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many parts of the world have a housing crisis, but promising new construction technologies could very well help change that.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thank you to...

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Revolutionary rocket that eats itself for fuel gets UK government funding

Revolutionary rocket that eats itself for fuel gets UK government funding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cost of buying, storing, and using rocket fuel makes up a significant percentage of the cost of launching rockets, this could change the economics of the whole industry making space access even cheaper.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof...

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WHO recruits first digital human to fight Covid-19 disinformation

WHO recruits first digital human to fight Covid-19 disinformation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During the pandemic disinformation has been rife and endangered lives. So now digital humans, who can scale and engage with people, are being called in to fight it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch...

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Researchers AI tool predicts how drugs will affect the human body

Researchers AI tool predicts how drugs will affect the human body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We can create vaccines faster than ever before, but human trials still take a long time, this could help accelerate drug approvals.   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, as we...

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China accelerates digital currency trials with massive 10 million Yuan giveaway

China accelerates digital currency trials with massive 10 million Yuan giveaway

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The debate about cash being dead rages on, but as far as China concerned digital cash is the future.   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. Covid-19 has done many things this...

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EightFold’s new AI hiring tool hires for potential rather than experience

EightFold’s new AI hiring tool hires for potential rather than experience

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is becoming pervasive in the hiring process, so it’s refreshing to finally see a company that’s trying to put people’s potential first.   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. Employers the...

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Featured Futurist: How 3D printed homes could solve Britain’s housing crisis, The Telegraph

Featured Futurist: How 3D printed homes could solve Britain’s housing crisis, The Telegraph

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printed houses can be made quickly and cheaply, and for governments facing a housing crisis this disruptive new technology is becoming increasingly interesting …   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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Virus based molecular assembler helps researchers build next gen batteries

Virus based molecular assembler helps researchers build next gen batteries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nature is fantastic at assembling, well, everything, so scientists are trying to harness nature’s smallest “life forms” to try to create the first molecular assemblers.   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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Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra was so powerful it could have ended state control of money

Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra was so powerful it could have ended state control of money

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Who is more powerful today – Trump, Xi, or Zuckerberg? Think about it … Technology and an increasingly connected society are now making individuals more powerful than the state.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential...

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IBM Watson filters public opinion to help Bloomberg debate redistributing wealth

IBM Watson filters public opinion to help Bloomberg debate redistributing wealth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most humans are good at debating, and now AI is getting better at it too, but its ability to analyse huge volumes of data in real time makes it a formidable tool and opponent.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof...

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Featured Futurist: Preparing for the Future, Carphone Warehouse

Featured Futurist: Preparing for the Future, Carphone Warehouse

WHY THIS MATTER The rate of global change is accelerating and as the future unfurls in front of our eyes countries led by aspirational leaders are positioning themselves to lead it.   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...

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Featured Futurist: The Future of the Office, Silicon Valley Business Journal

Featured Futurist: The Future of the Office, Silicon Valley Business Journal

WHY THIS MATTERS The rate of change is accelerating, and Covid-19 just pushed the world into overdrive. In this article we discuss what the future holds for SF and the valley.   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...

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Featured Futurist: The Exponential Future of Accounting, CPA

Featured Futurist: The Exponential Future of Accounting, CPA

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s increasingly rapid rate of change is affecting every industry and every profession, and accountants now find themselves in a unique position to influence the future.   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...

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New algorithm detects heart disease from selfies raising privacy concerns

New algorithm detects heart disease from selfies raising privacy concerns

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology can do great things and save lives – but only if you give up your right to privacy …   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 already live in a...

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New handheld skin printer helps burns victims recover faster and aces trials

New handheld skin printer helps burns victims recover faster and aces trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Serious burns leave scars, but new stem cell technologies and delivery systems could make those injuries a thing of the past.   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, there are all...

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Researchers develop microstructures that can self-assemble into new materials

Researchers develop microstructures that can self-assemble into new materials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biological systems can change their shape, and now researchers are getting better at creating shape shifting materials of all kinds …   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 new process developed...

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US researchers just grew a beating mini human heart in a dish

US researchers just grew a beating mini human heart in a dish

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF On the one hand being able to grow new human organs on demand will help alleviate transplant issues, on the other it will help accelerate the development and testing of new drugs and treatments.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof...

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Microsoft’s AI has learned to generate images from captions

Microsoft’s AI has learned to generate images from captions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Historically AI’s have learned how to caption images, but now they’re learning how to make images from text and it will revolutionise content creation.   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. Artificial...

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Physicists built a circuit that generates limitless clean energy from Graphene

Physicists built a circuit that generates limitless clean energy from Graphene

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Despite energy seeming scare our planet is swamped with it – but until recently getting easy access to all this energy has been difficult.   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. The...

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Researchers show stealing an AI is rediculously easy

Researchers show stealing an AI is rediculously easy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is the electricity that powers the world’s digital fabric, and stealing another companies AI is easier than you might think.   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 the field of...

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IBM will have a 1,000 qubit quantum computer by 2023, says new roadmap

IBM will have a 1,000 qubit quantum computer by 2023, says new roadmap

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF At 1,000 qubits quantum computers get very interesting very fast because of their world beating performance – and ability to crack most of the world’s encryption systems …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch...

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DARPA selects Gryphon to build world’s first ever nuclear rocket engine

DARPA selects Gryphon to build world’s first ever nuclear rocket engine

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s combustion engine rockets are cheap-ish but not that efficient so the race is on to develop new and better power systems.   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 little while...

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Airbus just unveiled three new radical zero-emission concept aircraft

Airbus just unveiled three new radical zero-emission concept aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The airline industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters, and as society demands action some of them are re-doubling their efforts to clean up their industries for the better.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from...

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Futurists are training AI to predict the future and make them redundant

Futurists are training AI to predict the future and make them redundant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lots of people and companies want to be able to predict the future, for a whole variety of different reasons, so will this new approach work? Only time, ironically, will tell.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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New research would allow cyborgs and human organs to join computer networks

New research would allow cyborgs and human organs to join computer networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People’s concept of what a computer is is based on their experience of traditional silicon based computers, but biological systems are simply just another form of advanced computer.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch...

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This computer predicts your thoughts then creates images from them

This computer predicts your thoughts then creates images from them

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Advances in technology and neuroscience have let us reach the point where streaming your thoughts to TV are no longer just for the movies.   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. Neural...

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D-Wave launches 5,000 qubit quantum computing platform in the cloud

D-Wave launches 5,000 qubit quantum computing platform in the cloud

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers have a huge performance advantage over today’s fastest computing platforms, and they’ll revolutionise almost every industry.   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. Quantum computers are already showing themselves to...

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Flying high Airbus shows off its 2030 and 2050 concept cabins

Flying high Airbus shows off its 2030 and 2050 concept cabins

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of aviation will be electric, and involve hypersonic aircraft and rockets. But there’ll be room for more conventional aircraft too and they’ll be able to take advantage of new technologies to create amazing new experiences.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential...

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New breathable insulin becomes a popular choice for diabetics in the US

New breathable insulin becomes a popular choice for diabetics in the US

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we take medicine and vaccinations is changing, and the needle is in danger of becoming extinct …   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. Recently I wrote an article about...

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Worlds first plug and play brain prosthesis tested successfully in the US

Worlds first plug and play brain prosthesis tested successfully in the US

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Brain implants and prosthetics play an important role in helping people with neurological conditions getting their lives back together, and now they don’t need to be trained.   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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US Air Force announces plans to update fighter jet software in mid flight

US Air Force announces plans to update fighter jet software in mid flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Updating any software over the air is difficult, but when it’s a $175 million lethal weapons system, and in the age of autonomous AI’s, the stakes and rewards are much much higher.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof...

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Researchers use light to re-charge pacemakers for first time

Researchers use light to re-charge pacemakers for first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When the battery in your implanted medical devices runs out you run to the hospital for emergency surgery to change it – no more.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We’ve heard...

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Charity fundraisers go virtual as Ready Player Golf tournament tees off

Charity fundraisers go virtual as Ready Player Golf tournament tees off

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Non profit organisations are often the last to reap the benefits of new technology, but new virtual fund raisers could reverse that trend.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Charity organisations normally...

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Air Force One to go hypersonic after USAF signs contract with US engine maker

Air Force One to go hypersonic after USAF signs contract with US engine maker

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you were the President of the United States you wouldn’t want to have to waste time commuting, which is why a hypersonic Air Force One is now in the making.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself...

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DeepFakes are the hot new corporate communications tool as companies dive in

DeepFakes are the hot new corporate communications tool as companies dive in

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Why bother setting up a studio, hiring videographers and actors, when a DeepFake can do it all for a fraction of the cost and faster?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. This...

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Students AI written blog fools most humans and rockets to the top of the charts

Students AI written blog fools most humans and rockets to the top of the charts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI’s get better at generating and writing content, then writing viral content, soon most of the content we read could be AI generated rather than written by humans.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch...

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3D printed mini-satellites head into space for first trials

3D printed mini-satellites head into space for first trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing products that operate in space is difficult, but entrepreneurs are slowly figuring it out and it will revolutionise the space industry.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In the past twelve...

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Cornell’s AI uses vibrations to instantly turn your dumb home into a smart home

Cornell’s AI uses vibrations to instantly turn your dumb home into a smart home

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Old home appliances can’t be turned into smart ones cheaply or easily without being replaced, but this new AI uses a new trick to turn your dumb home into a smart one.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof...

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Futurist Keynote, Ireland: The Remarkable Future, CPA Ireland

Futurist Keynote, Ireland: The Remarkable Future, CPA Ireland

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every profession is changing, whether it’s the type of work that needs to be done, or who or what does it, and the accountancy profession is changing as fast as any other profession.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future...

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Futurist Keynote, USA: Proof we live in an amazing Sci-Fi world, The Mentor Project

Futurist Keynote, USA: Proof we live in an amazing Sci-Fi world, The Mentor Project

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people today don’t realise that we live in a world where science fiction is already literally science fact, so here’s the proof …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thank...

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Flying-taxi company Volocopter now selling tickets for first time riders

Flying-taxi company Volocopter now selling tickets for first time riders

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flying taxis, flying cars, call them what you will, are getting closer to entering service, and this is the first time a company has sold tickets to travel in them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself...

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Waymo begins testing its autonomous trucks in Texas and New Mexico

Waymo begins testing its autonomous trucks in Texas and New Mexico

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Self-driving trucks are 30 percent cheaper to run and operate than traditional trucks, and within the next ten years they’re going to disrupt the logistics industry.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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