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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New penny size computer monitors bone health in vivo

New penny size computer monitors bone health in vivo

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you’ve got osteoporosis or have broken a bone then this could revolutionise your treatments …   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. “As a surgeon,...

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Aker Offshore to create the world’s first wind turbine recycling plant

Aker Offshore to create the world’s first wind turbine recycling plant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF At some point in the future all the renewable generation systems we’re building will go end of life, and noone wants it all to end up in landfill …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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Futurist Keynote, Sweden: The Future of Mobility 2030, ME

Futurist Keynote, Sweden: The Future of Mobility 2030, ME

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The entire transport industry is being disrupted, and in some very surprising ways …   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. Firstly, thanks to Delaine at...

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Featured Futurist: In A 5G Future Physical Work Won’t Require Your Physical Presence, Forbes

Featured Futurist: In A 5G Future Physical Work Won’t Require Your Physical Presence, Forbes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology decentralises products and services, and now it’s decentralising all manner of jobs that previously could only be done if people were physically present.   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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New wearable catches cancer cells directly from your bloodstream

New wearable catches cancer cells directly from your bloodstream

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the cancer equivalent of 24/7 monitoring of patients cancers and treatments, and it’s a historic milestone.   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. While...

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If satellites can withstand 10,000G then Spintronics can fling them into space

If satellites can withstand 10,000G then Spintronics can fling them into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Why use rockets to get stuff into space when you can literally fling it out of a centrifuge?!   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. For...

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This new brain implant lets blind patients see without eyes

This new brain implant lets blind patients see without eyes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly we’re able to use technology to bypass people’s eyes and let them see, and yes it’s as sci-fi as it sounds.   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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Michigan to build America’s first wireless electric vehicle charging road

Michigan to build America’s first wireless electric vehicle charging road

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future EV’s will be wirelessly charged, and might not even need batteries.   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. Michigan was one of the...

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Bioartificial kidney aces tests and could one day replace dialysis

Bioartificial kidney aces tests and could one day replace dialysis

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By combining human cells and mechanical components researchers have created a new kind of hybrid human organ that works as well as the real thing.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Swedish firm creates the world’s first fully recycled Lithium Ion battery

Swedish firm creates the world’s first fully recycled Lithium Ion battery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In ten years time the world will be inundated with old EV Lithium Ion batteries – and now we have a way to recycle them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Futurist Keynote, UK: Life in 2069, Samsung

Futurist Keynote, UK: Life in 2069, Samsung

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future won’t just be a more modern version of today’s reality, it’ll be sci-fi on steroids.   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. Firstly, thanks...

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Futurist Keynote, China: The Future of Aluminium 2030, AZ China

Futurist Keynote, China: The Future of Aluminium 2030, AZ China

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aluminium is one of the Earth’s most common minerals but now AI’s are designing alloys, new use cases are emerging, and it’s all going green …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Ship based reactor could convert ocean based plastic into diesel fuel

Ship based reactor could convert ocean based plastic into diesel fuel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are lots of ways to create carbon neutral fuels, and this is another example of one that solves two problems at once…   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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Pfizer’s new COVID-19 pill cuts hospitalisations by 90 percent

Pfizer’s new COVID-19 pill cuts hospitalisations by 90 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We have a whole host of new ways to prevent and treat disease, and now they’re all being used to target the pandemic.   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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Repairing damaged photos becomes a breeze thanks to Nvidia AI

Repairing damaged photos becomes a breeze thanks to Nvidia AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is getting a lot better at creating synthetic imagery and this also means you can now easily repair your own damaged pictures.   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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NBCUniversal expands shoppable video advertising platform to include PayPal

NBCUniversal expands shoppable video advertising platform to include PayPal

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies are trying to find new ways to get you to buy things, and shoppable video is the hot new trend.   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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DARPA and GE developing truck mounted labs to churn out synthetic DNA and RNA vaccines

DARPA and GE developing truck mounted labs to churn out synthetic DNA and RNA vaccines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many parts of the world that need vaccines, especially in a pandemic, and this system will not only be fast it’ll be portable and be able to produce vaccines at scale.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself...

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Working in the Metaverse gets closer as Microsoft goes all in

Working in the Metaverse gets closer as Microsoft goes all in

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of work is arguably virtual, more specifically AR and VR, and companies are lining up to dominate this new world.   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 light field technology breakthrough could revolutionise AR and VR experiences

New light field technology breakthrough could revolutionise AR and VR experiences

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We still experience AR and VR worlds in an artificial way that makes it look different to the real world, this tech changes that.   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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UK’s Heathrow airport to start operating flying taxis from 2025

UK’s Heathrow airport to start operating flying taxis from 2025

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flying is always the fastest way to go – and flying taxis are now literally starting to take off.   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 military’s Active Denial System is a 95Ghz heat ray weapon

The US military’s Active Denial System is a 95Ghz heat ray weapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Ray guns and heat rays are often thought of as sci-fi but both are very real …   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. Earlier in...

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Locked down Bruce Willis used DeepFake tech to create ads and pick up $2million

Locked down Bruce Willis used DeepFake tech to create ads and pick up $2million

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Deepfakes mean actors and celebs no longer need to travel to filming locations in order to appear in videos – is this the start of a trend?!   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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Futurist Podcast: Ethical Capitalism and Saving the Planet, ASM

Futurist Podcast: Ethical Capitalism and Saving the Planet, ASM

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world has lots of challenges but there are also lots of solutions and reasons to be optimistic about the future, we discuss them here.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Githubs Copilot AI has written over 30pc of all new code on the platform

Githubs Copilot AI has written over 30pc of all new code on the platform

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The art of programming is being automated and while it will take a while AI’s off to a good start.   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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Futurist Keynote, USA: The New Normal and the Future of Food, Richs

Futurist Keynote, USA: The New Normal and the Future of Food, Richs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A revolution in how we produce food means that the UN’s predictions of future wars over food could be plain wrong …   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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A new particle accelerator just created the brightest medical X-Rays ever

A new particle accelerator just created the brightest medical X-Rays ever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Particle accelerators that fit on a chip will one day revolutionize medicine but in the meantime they’re transforming X-Rays.   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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How Thanos helped create Douglas, the most lifelike artificial human yet

How Thanos helped create Douglas, the most lifelike artificial human yet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In a few years time you won’t be able to tell if you’re talking to a digital human or a real human online …   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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Architects unveil plans for Dubai’s Mars Science City and colonies on Mars

Architects unveil plans for Dubai’s Mars Science City and colonies on Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The first Martians are going to need somewhere to live that can protect them from Mars’ environment and the designs are pouring in.   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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The future of retail could be virtual malls and shoppable video

The future of retail could be virtual malls and shoppable video

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world of retail is changing in all kinds of ways …   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. His company, Hong Kong Television Network, makes...

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GE teams up with NIH to put a COVID-19 sensor in your smartphone

GE teams up with NIH to put a COVID-19 sensor in your smartphone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF How many times during the pandemic did you wonder if you’d been in contact with “the virus” – this could tell you in the future.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Liquid window uses heat and light to cut buildings energy use by up to 45 percent

Liquid window uses heat and light to cut buildings energy use by up to 45 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Heating and cooling buildings is energy intensive and is a primary contributor to climate change …   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. Almost 30% of...

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China’s hypersonic missile circled Earth at 21,000mph and smashed its target

China’s hypersonic missile circled Earth at 21,000mph and smashed its target

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hypersonic weapons change the global balance of military power, and China and Russia are way ahead of the US.   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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These inflatable houses could be home to future Martians

These inflatable houses could be home to future Martians

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space agencies are eyeing up colonies on Mars – and they’re going to need awesome habitats.   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. So far I’ve...

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This tech-style startup is replacing cotton with clothes made from algae

This tech-style startup is replacing cotton with clothes made from algae

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Growing cotton is environmentally intensive and has a large environmental footprint – algae doesn’t and it’s just as good.   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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New smart kinetic clothing records and plays back your breathing

New smart kinetic clothing records and plays back your breathing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you’re training AI can help you improve your technique, and now it can help you get your breathing right too.   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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Intels second generation neuromorphic chip is a literal brain in your pocket

Intels second generation neuromorphic chip is a literal brain in your pocket

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Neuromorphic computing promises to put the power of a human brain in your pocket – literally.   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. Computer chips that...

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Scotlands first underwater substation makes waves in the energy sector

Scotlands first underwater substation makes waves in the energy sector

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Offshore wind is becoming increasingly important and now a radical new substation design is giving it a big boost.   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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Futurist Keynote, Malaysia: Fintechs, Enablers or Disruptors?

Futurist Keynote, Malaysia: Fintechs, Enablers or Disruptors?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fintechs promised to shake up and disrupt global banking, did they or did they just modernise an out of date business model?   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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Futurist Keynote, Monaco: Speed in the Age of Sci-Fi Startups, Bravura

Futurist Keynote, Monaco: Speed in the Age of Sci-Fi Startups, Bravura

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We live in an age of sci-fi startups, and for the investment community the speed of change and the style of change presents huge opportunities and threats.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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Futurist Keynote, Bahrain: The Future of Work and the Workplace, Bahrain Govt

Futurist Keynote, Bahrain: The Future of Work and the Workplace, Bahrain Govt

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of work and the workplace will be very different from what we see today, and while many worry about the threat of automation there are more upsides than downsides.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Scientists used bioreactors to grow human burgers, technically its not cannabalism

Scientists used bioreactors to grow human burgers, technically its not cannabalism

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we can take cells from an animal and grow meat from those cells then we can do it with any animal – including humans …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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A new biocompatible AI takes healthcare monitoring to the next level

A new biocompatible AI takes healthcare monitoring to the next level

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most medical implants are dumb, but by creating the world’s first biocompatible AI researchers are literally putting a doctor inside your body.   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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Volvo uses the world’s first green steel to make itself a dump truck

Volvo uses the world’s first green steel to make itself a dump truck

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Heavy industry accounts for 7% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and now the industry’s going zero emissions.   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. The world’s...

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AI is designing new alloys to order at super human speeds

AI is designing new alloys to order at super human speeds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of the products you use are made from alloys, and AI is now designing new alloys that are better, stronger, and more environmentally friendly faster than ever before.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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Futurist Podcast: The Future of X, ITSP

Futurist Podcast: The Future of X, ITSP

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is changing faster than many people might imagine so consider this your weekly fast data dump of everything that you need to know about!   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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