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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Scientists used bioreactors to grow human burgers, and technically its not canabalism

Scientists used bioreactors to grow human burgers, and technically its not canabalism

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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To hit 20 million cars a year Tesla bets the farm on a monster 12,000 ton Gigapress

To hit 20 million cars a year Tesla bets the farm on a monster 12,000 ton Gigapress

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tesla wants to produce 20 million cars a year and to hit that goal they need to make some big changes and some big presses.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Oil giant BP bought a startup that turns office buildings into power plants

Oil giant BP bought a startup that turns office buildings into power plants

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual power plants are the future of power plants, and the oil majors are circling the sector and buying up startups …   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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Facebook unveils infinite Office its futuristic virtual reality office concept

Facebook unveils infinite Office its futuristic virtual reality office concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Why use a laptop when you can work anywhere from anywhere in AR or VR?   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 future of work...

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Viettel 5G network in Vietnam smashes world records to hit 4.7Gbps speeds

Viettel 5G network in Vietnam smashes world records to hit 4.7Gbps speeds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In time almost all new technologies improve in performance and this is a staggering new speed record for 5G networks.   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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Revolutionary brain implant restores sense of touch in paralysed patients

Revolutionary brain implant restores sense of touch in paralysed patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you loose the sense of touch in any part of your body, for whatever reason, it can be traumatic – but solutions are emerging.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Tecla’s amazing WASP inspired eco-friendly house 3D printed using local clay

Tecla’s amazing WASP inspired eco-friendly house 3D printed using local clay

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing and printers let us change the materials we use to build buildings – which has huge implications for sustainable construction.   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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Toyota unveils Woven City, tech utopia and the world’s first programmable city

Toyota unveils Woven City, tech utopia and the world’s first programmable city

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Toyota and other giant companies are now starting to build cities – to show off and house their autonomous smart things.   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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People are hiring out their faces as DeepFake clones for marketing

People are hiring out their faces as DeepFake clones for marketing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Deepfake tech is getting more advanced – and now your face can launch a thousand products in entirely new 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...

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Hydrofarms Dubai realises world first, uses Hydropanels to produce water from air

Hydrofarms Dubai realises world first, uses Hydropanels to produce water from air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hydropanels are a new kind of solar panel that generate electricity and water – and they could be game changing.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Michigan starts testing roads that wirelessly charge electric vehicles

Michigan starts testing roads that wirelessly charge electric vehicles

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Electric vehicles won’t always have batteries – and this is where we begin.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Even the most extended range electric...

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The world’s largest carbon capture and storage plant begins operation in Iceland

The world’s largest carbon capture and storage plant begins operation in Iceland

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Carbon  dioxide is a major greenhouse gas that’s  driving climate change, so projects are underways to remove it from the atmosphere.   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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This 600 ton capacity Russian airship is more UFO than airship

This 600 ton capacity Russian airship is more UFO than airship

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Airships can lift huge volumes of cargo at very low cost and while they’re slow, they’re also making a comeback.   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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Revolutionary new brain implant zaps away clinical depression in real time

Revolutionary new brain implant zaps away clinical depression in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Some people who suffer from the worst forms of depression can’t shift it, but now it can be zapped away …   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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Researchers have flown the world’s smallest flying computers

Researchers have flown the world’s smallest flying computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flying computers, or Smart Dust, has applications in environmental monitoring and elsewhere.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As though microchips, which are now almost as small as a grain of dust,...

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New tech cheaply produces Lithium and Hydrogen while desalinating seawater

New tech cheaply produces Lithium and Hydrogen while desalinating seawater

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For now the world meeting Net Zero climate targets relies on the electrification of industries like transportation, but global Lithium reserves are under pressure, this solves that.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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BMW unveils the iVision, the world’s first Circular Economy car concept

BMW unveils the iVision, the world’s first Circular Economy car concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the first commercial car that’s designed to be totally recyclable and re-usable. And hopefully the first of many.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Ever the pioneer BMW has unveiled...

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Scientists are trying to control lightning with a giant laser lightning rod

Scientists are trying to control lightning with a giant laser lightning rod

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rocket launches and other activities are affected by lightning, so if you can control it then it reduces risks.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A team of researchers from the University...

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Moderna’s first HIV mRNA vaccine heads to human trials

Moderna’s first HIV mRNA vaccine heads to human trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A vaccine against AIDS/HIV would be revolutionary and perhaps put an end to a disease that has haunted people for decades.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. HIV is a disease that...

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LLNL’s high powered laser closes in on nuclear fusion

LLNL’s high powered laser closes in on nuclear fusion

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nuclear fusion is the ultimate green energy – according to some – and it’s slowly edging closer to reality.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The field of nuclear fusion has seen...

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China lays the groundwork to build giant spacecraft that are miles long

China lays the groundwork to build giant spacecraft that are miles long

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day we will build megastructures in space, but first we have to figure out how …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Think of the world’s longest vehicle and you would...

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Michelin’s inflatable sails turn giant polluting cargo ships into giant sailing ships

Michelin’s inflatable sails turn giant polluting cargo ships into giant sailing ships

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The global shipping industry contributes about 3% to all global greenhouse gas emissions, so companies are trying to help the industry go “green.”   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Beyond putting rubber...

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Reaching Net Zero emissions by 2050 could cost over $92 Trillion says Bloomberg

Reaching Net Zero emissions by 2050 could cost over $92 Trillion says Bloomberg

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Switching the world away from “unsustainable” business models to “sustainable” net zero ones is a herculean and costly task and going green will take a lot of green.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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5G connected ambulance lets remote clinicians direct paramedics in real time using haptics

5G connected ambulance lets remote clinicians direct paramedics in real time using haptics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes the medical experts you need are hundreds of miles away but now they can be right there with the patient thanks to 5G.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The South...

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Stealth startup shows off EV batteries that charge in under a minute

Stealth startup shows off EV batteries that charge in under a minute

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Electric vehicles can takes ages to charge – but solutions are on their way …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A Lithium Ion (LiON) electric vehicle battery that you can charge...

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Futurist Keynote, Finland: Creating the Sustainable Future, ME

Futurist Keynote, Finland: Creating the Sustainable Future, ME

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world still faces plenty of challenges, from climate change and social issues to economic ones to name a few, but there are ways we can move the dial on all of them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself...

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Webinar: The Future of Superyacht Design and HNW culture, SuperyachtNews

Webinar: The Future of Superyacht Design and HNW culture, SuperyachtNews

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Superyachts builders, owners, and operators are trying to be more green and sustainable, and thanks to new innovations they’re moving the dial …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s been a...

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Futurist Keynote, Sweden: The Future isn’t Digital, ME

Futurist Keynote, Sweden: The Future isn’t Digital, ME

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone talks about the future being digital – but it’s going to be much, much more than that …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thank you to Anton and the...

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With over 4,200 virtual shops Hong Kongs largest virtual mall eyes expansion

With over 4,200 virtual shops Hong Kongs largest virtual mall eyes expansion

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we look to a future which is increasingly digital and virtual shopping and shopping malls are getting their own make overs.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Think of shopping malls...

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MotoGP stands up the world’s first ultra-fast standalone 5G broadcasting system

MotoGP stands up the world’s first ultra-fast standalone 5G broadcasting system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of 5G’s major future use cases is being able to stream live events in 8k without the need for hideously expensive professional broadcast equipment.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. 5G...

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The US’s first 3D printed community goes on sale in Texas

The US’s first 3D printed community goes on sale in Texas

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing a single house is easy today, now the technology is starting to scale  up to disrupt traditional construction …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A quartet of houses designed...

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3D printed solid state batteries are getting closer to production

3D printed solid state batteries are getting closer to production

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solid state batteries are seen by most people as the “Batteries of the Future” and they’re getting better, bigger, and denser …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Lithium-ion (LiON) batteries recently...

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Beach robots arrive in Florida to clean up all your beach trash

Beach robots arrive in Florida to clean up all your beach trash

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of people who disrespect our beaches and environment by leaving tons of trash everywhere – now the robots are on a clean up mission.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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After decades in the shadows Flying Whales is bringing back the mighty airship

After decades in the shadows Flying Whales is bringing back the mighty airship

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s pace of life is hectic so airships provide both a respite as well as a way to lift massive volumes of cargo cheaply. Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Airships are coming...

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China’s EAST nuclear fusion reactor smashes two world records

China’s EAST nuclear fusion reactor smashes two world records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fusion has always been seen as the energy of the future, and slowly it’s getting closer.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Around the world the quest to create the world’s first...

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El Salvadors grand national Bitcoin experiment hits early bumps

El Salvadors grand national Bitcoin experiment hits early bumps

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bitcoin is contentious, and now in a world first it’s also an accepted national currency in El Salvador.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. While most countries consider trading their real cash...

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This 3D printed heat exchanger extracts up to 500 liters of pure water from  air

This 3D printed heat exchanger extracts up to 500 liters of pure water from air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Water is seen by many as an increasingly scarce commodity with 129 countries estimated to experience extreme water stress by 2030, this tech could help.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. According...

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US military launches cube sats to test new anti-hypersonic weapons tech

US military launches cube sats to test new anti-hypersonic weapons tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Currently there are no defenses against hypersonic weapons and the US military is desperately trying to build them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The US military has a problem that it’s...

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Samsung just built the world’s highest resolution 200MP camera sensor

Samsung just built the world’s highest resolution 200MP camera sensor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Why settle for photo-real images when they can be better than life itself?!   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Samsung’s latest super-sized camera sensor is the “Isocell HP1” and it has a...

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Research of billions of links shows the internet is both shrinking and expanding

Research of billions of links shows the internet is both shrinking and expanding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The internet is increasingly our second, if not our first, home – and changes to it affect all of us in one way or another.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The...

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Researchers create Star Wars like holograms in the lab

Researchers create Star Wars like holograms in the lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Future entertainment will be in 3D, not 2D like it is today, and these researchers are turning sci-fi into sci-fact.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Almost every sci-fi technology you can...

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