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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An AI designed 30,000 drugs in 21 days and came up with winners

An AI designed 30,000 drugs in 21 days and came up with winners

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drug companies are trying to find new ways to discover new blockbuster drug treatments faster, and AI is beginning to answer the call.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I wrote about an Artificial Intelligence (AI) that...

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New DeepFake app lets you edit yourself into blockbuster movies

New DeepFake app lets you edit yourself into blockbuster movies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the technology to create DeepFakes and synthetic content gets easier and cheaper to use it won’t be soon until people everywhere are using it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Zao, a Chinese face-swap app that seems...

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AI researchers clone dragonfly brains to create better missile defences

AI researchers clone dragonfly brains to create better missile defences

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nature manages to pack intelligence into lean, small packages – or brains –  and researchers are trying to copy it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories led by computational neuroscientist Frances Chance are...

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Synthetic proteins with “unlimited potential” usher in new era of smart cell therapies

Synthetic proteins with “unlimited potential” usher in new era of smart cell therapies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New synthetic proteins, that are artificially made and unseen in nature, could usher in a healthcare revolution and open the door to new individually tailored treatments.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Medicine has a “Goldilocks” problem. Many...

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Quantum radar that neutralises stealth technology demonstrated for first time, again

Quantum radar that neutralises stealth technology demonstrated for first time, again Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum sensing systems are millions of times more sensitive than traditional sensors, and that’s a problem for stealth technology.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the advantages of the quantum revolution is its ability to sense...

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First spacecraft piloted by a humanoid robot docks with ISS

First spacecraft piloted by a humanoid robot docks with ISS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space navigation is challenging so scientists are exploring new ways to use robots and automation to take the strain off humans.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s easy to think that increasingly there are more robots in...

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World first after researchers create an AI made of glass

World first after researchers create an AI made of glass Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our knowledge of neural networks improves it turns out we can give almost everything “intelligence.”   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently, I talked about a team of researchers in the US that had managed to 3D...

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Scientists find a way to boost solar efficiency to 80 percent

Scientists find a way to boost solar efficiency to 80 percent Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar is already one of the cheapest forms on the planet, and this makes it a slam dunk.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’m just going to say it right here right now – solar will win...

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Scientists want to use man-made volcanic eruptions to solve climate change

Scientists want to use man-made volcanic eruptions to solve climate change

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more scientists complain that Plan A to solve climate change isn’t working, some are working on Plan B.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the biggest problems with climate change is that any solution we...

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Next generation virtual influencers will be indistinguishable from humans

Next generation virtual influencers will be indistinguishable from humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Social networks are awash with human influencers, but now some virtual influencers are making more money than their human counterparts.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the most in demand influencers in the world today isn’t...

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Endel becomes the world’s first music AI to be signed by a major record label

Endel becomes the world’s first music AI to be signed by a major record label

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day AI’s will produce high enough quality music that rivals the music produced by human artists, who will then have to compete against it for record deals.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is slowly...

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This AI relies on human-like memory to create songs from lyrics

This AI relies on human-like memory to create songs from lyrics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most human musicians and composers work by first writing the lyrics, and then the music accompaniment, now machines are copying them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the number of creative machines that can generate good synthetic...

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Fortune CEO’s plan to abandon shareholder first model and be more future focused

Fortune CEO’s plan to abandon shareholder first model and be more future focused

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s shareholder first philosophy was fashioned in the 1990’s, but now Fortune 100 CEO’s are proposing a radical overhaul of the system to favour communities, individuals, and the future.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The world is...

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Researchers tap transistors unique quantum fingerprints to ID systems and stop cyber criminals

Researchers tap transistors unique quantum fingerprints to ID systems and stop cyber criminals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the rise in the number of connected devices and systems is out paced only by the rise in #cyber attacks, researchers have found a new way to identify individual systems at the quantum level.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch...

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Microsoft has a wild hologram that translates HoloLens keynotes into Japanese

Microsoft has a wild hologram that translates HoloLens keynotes into Japanese

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of universal #translators and #holograms opens up a whole new world of #communication for us all as #Microsoft demonstrates   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I had the pleasure of working on Microsoft’s annual Artificial...

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The DeepFake tech behind David Beckham’s viral malaria campaign explained

The DeepFake tech behind David Beckham’s viral malaria campaign explained

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF #DeepFakes can be used for both benign and evil purposes, but in this latest campaign a #UK company used it to help a #malaria #charity for good   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The recent global campaign showing...

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Scientists accidentally 3D printed the world’s first liquid magnets

Scientists accidentally 3D printed the world’s first liquid magnets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Magnetic liquids could open up a whole host of interesting applications, most of which we can’t imagine yet, but shape shifting robots could be one of those.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it – polymorphic...

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Samsung’s impressive AI turns video into digitally rendered VR worlds

Samsung’s impressive AI turns video into digitally rendered VR worlds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As companies try to find ways to easily render the real world into virtual worlds, this is a space that is accelerating.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hot on the heels of Nvidia who recently released their...

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This AI detects art forgeries by analysing artists brushstrokes

This AI detects art forgeries by analysing artists brushstrokes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Forging art has always been a popular past time, and now there’s a new tool in town to catch forgers in the act.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. All around the world the trade in art, both...

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Nvidia creates the world’s first video game demo using AI generated graphics

Nvidia creates the world’s first video game demo using AI generated graphics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI becomes both the tool and the creator of graphics and content, you can expect to see much more of this in the future.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The recent boom in Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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Facebook’s AI clone of Bill Gates sounds like the real deal

Facebook’s AI clone of Bill Gates sounds like the real deal

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As companies get better at creating AI’s that can synthesise people’s voices it created new opportunities, and new problems.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we see more and more Synthetic Content created, including DeepFakes and DeepFake...

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Featured Futurist: Samsung KX50, The Future in Focus

Featured Futurist: Samsung KX50, The Future in Focus

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Predicting the future, let alone the deep future, is very difficult but that doesn’t stop people from trying, so sit back and enjoy the vision of 2069 bought by yours truly and Samsung as they celebrate their 50th anniversary and prepare for the next 50...

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Pinsized sensor brings chemical identification to your smartphone

Pinsized sensor brings chemical identification to your smartphone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of situations when you want to know what something’s made from, such as food or goods, and soon that power will be in your smartphone.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Imagine pointing your smartphone...

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Molecular storage breakthrough stores information for millions of years without energy

Molecular storage breakthrough stores information for millions of years without energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the amount of information we create and store increases exponentially we need new radical ways to store it for long periods of time.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Books can burn. Computers get hacked. DVDs degrade....

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Nvidia and MIT open source an AI that creates crazy good synthetic videos

Nvidia and MIT open source an AI that creates crazy good synthetic videos

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creating, and also then converting, video content is crazy laborious so companies are creating AI’s that do the work for you, and they’re getting better fast.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Nvidia and MIT have announced that...

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Bioengineering breakthrough paves the way for tomorrow’s superplants

Bioengineering breakthrough paves the way for tomorrow’s superplants

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plants face a variety of stresses, whether it’s crops suffering as a result of climate change, or our new need to grow food on other planets, and this breakthrough makes engineering new plants faster.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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Researchers use AI to create a “Self-driving lab” to solve climate change

Researchers use AI to create a “Self-driving lab” to solve climate change

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It doesn’t look like we humans are having much luck when it comes to solving climate change, so scientists are now getting AI onto the case.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In...

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Scientists develop bio-hybrid robots to decontaminate polluted water

Scientists develop bio-hybrid robots to decontaminate polluted water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Earth’s waters become more polluted we need to find new ways of de-contaminating them as quickly and as sustainably as possible.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of articles, and connect! Bio-Hybrid Robots, that...

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This new AI uses both sight and sound to estimate depression

This new AI uses both sight and sound to estimate depression

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As mental health issues become more pronounced and more prominent in society researchers are trying to find new ways to identify people who suffer from it.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of articles,...

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Steppingstone’s electromagnetic floor lets VR users walk real miles in their own rooms

Steppingstone’s electromagnetic floor lets VR users walk real miles in their own rooms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of the biggest problems with VR is that if you want to walk from A to Z you soon hit the walls of your living room, but now you can walk forever without ever leaving your room.   Interested in the future and want...

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Chicken nuggets grown in a lab from feathers for the first time

Chicken nuggets grown in a lab from feathers for the first time Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Feeding the world’s growing population is one of the great challenges of our time, but new food production technologies could make famine a thing of the past.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of...

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Chinese scientists unveil electronics that dissolve to protect classified data

Chinese scientists unveil electronics that dissolve to protect classified data

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we store more sensitive information in a wider array of devices we need ways to protect it and electronics that dissolve are one way.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more!? Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of articles,...

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Featured Futurist: How combining technologies exponentially impacts the future, T-Mobile

Featured Futurist: How combining technologies exponentially impacts the future, T-Mobile

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of us focus on the implications of a single technology, such as 5G, AI or Blockchain, among others, but it’s how we innovate on top of them and combine them all that changes our world. The story of the United States is one that...

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Adidas unveil world’s first fully recyclable sneakers that last you a lifetime

Adidas unveil world’s first fully recyclable sneakers that last you a lifetime

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Advances in new materials, production techniques and company processes mean we increasingly have a way to eliminate many forms of needless waste.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of articles, and...

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Scientists use “Predator particles” to create super mice with infra red vision

Scientists use “Predator particles” to create super mice with infra red vision

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is increasingly letting us achieve many new things – such as giving mice, and eventually humans, “super powers.”   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. Hollywood is famous for creating movies that involve aliens and people with enhanced...

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University nabs multi-million pound to create next gen reconfigurable electronics

University nabs multi-million pound to create next gen reconfigurable electronics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When electronic systems are manufactured today they’re fixed forever, but in the future they’ll be able to re-configure themselves opening up millions of new use cases.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. The University of Southampton in the...

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Researchers use electricity to heal wounds 500 percent faster

Researchers use electricity to heal wounds 500 percent faster

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to heal wounds faster is something that everyone should appreciate.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. Anyone who’s ever been injured will know that healing and the needed recovery time can be a major pain. And...

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Liquid computers get a step closer after liquid storage breakthrough

Liquid computers get a step closer after liquid storage breakthrough

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Liquid computers are one of the future’s most promising and exciting computing platforms, and slowly we’re learning how to build them.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. The future of computing is increasingly looking like, in the long...

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Brick-bot Hadrian X gets to work building homes in Australia

Brick-bot Hadrian X gets to work building homes in Australia

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of AI and Machine Vision are helping robots break new ground and take over more jobs and tasks from human workers.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. Recently there have been a flurry of developments in...

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Featured Futurist: How 4D Printing Will Shift the Shape of Manufacturing, SAP

Featured Futurist: How 4D Printing Will Shift the Shape of Manufacturing, SAP

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we design, imagine, and build products is being revolutionised by the emergence of creative machines and new sci-fi like manufacturing technologies.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. In a brief period, 3D printing — the process...

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DNA based marketing is becoming a reality, and brands are cashing in

DNA based marketing is becoming a reality, and brands are cashing in

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As gene sequencing gets cheaper, and as companies get more access to personal information, from biomarkers and wearables to big data, companies can target you in ultra-personalised ways you’d never likely dreamt of before.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore...

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Facebook’s new non-invasive brain reading tech achieves 61 percent accuracy

Facebook’s new non-invasive brain reading tech achieves 61 percent accuracy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future what’s in your head won’t stay in your head as companies develop new, powerful Brain Machine Interface devices, and that’s good and bad.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. Back in 2017,...

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Ingenious new fabric cools you down and warms you up

Ingenious new fabric cools you down and warms you up

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We adapt to the weather by changing our clothes, but in the future our clothes will be able to adapt to the weather.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently I wrote about a new type of 3D printed fabric...

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Google quantum controller breakthrough will usher in massively scaleable quantum computers

Google quantum controller breakthrough will usher in massively scaleable quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s quantum computers have less than 100 qubits and generate huge amounts of heat that reduce their computing accuracy, so we need new tech if we’re going to create bigger quantum computers with thousands or millions of qubits.   Interested in the future and want...

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Researchers create the world’s first photonic circuit for quantum computers

Researchers create the world’s first photonic circuit for quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Achieving quantum entanglement in quantum computers is difficult because photons move at such high speeds, but this problem has now been solved, moving the technology closer to reality.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The foundational element of Quantum...

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