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

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

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

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First universal quantum computer programming language unveiled

First universal quantum computer programming language unveiled

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

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

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

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

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AirSpeeder gets set to launch flying car races in 2021

AirSpeeder gets set to launch flying car races in 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As drones get larger and flying cars take flight it’s inevitable that someone’s going to want to race them and create a new sport.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the power to weight ratios of drones increase,...

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Epic Games revolutionary photo-realistic Unreal engine could finally make synthetic content mainstream

Epic Games revolutionary photo-realistic Unreal engine could finally make synthetic content mainstream Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The content you see on your screens is just dots of light, and if those dots are created by games engines or AI’s rather than by filming real people will you know the different – or even care?   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join...

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Futurist Keynote, UK: Full Speed Ahead, WIRED

Futurist Keynote, UK: Full Speed Ahead, WIRED

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world was already changing rapidly before COVID-19, and post COVID the rate of change is set to accelerate.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, I’d like to thank Catherine, Greg, and the team at Condé Nast and WIRED...

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Space Adventures sets world’s first space tourist space walk for 2023

Space Adventures sets world’s first space tourist space walk for 2023

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the cost of accessing space falls exponentially it opens the door to a whole new era of space tourism.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Space. The final frontier. Once home to well trained astronauts increasingly it’s being...

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Facebook embraces holographics to create its first VR glasses prototype

Facebook embraces holographics to create its first VR glasses prototype

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In order for technology to be adopted by the masses it has to be useful and invisible, Virtual Reality is still struggling with both, but it’s getting better.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Virtual Reality (VR) has been...

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Common element combinations could replace rare Earth metals in electronics

Common element combinations could replace rare Earth metals in electronics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rare Earth metals are expensive, rare, and increasingly being used as a political pawn, so what if we didn’t need them any longer?   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In the recent China-US trade war so called Rare Earth...

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Controversial Pig-Monkey chimeras born in China for first time

Controversial Pig-Monkey chimeras born in China for first time Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today there is a huge shortage of human donor organs so researchers are trying to create Human-Animal chimeras to help save lives.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. While some scientists are trying to find new ways to 3D...

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Online grocer Ocado invests £17m to bring robot run vertical farms to the world

Online grocer Ocado invests £17m to bring robot run vertical farms to the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we grow crops today is inefficient, and vertical farms offer companies a new way to grow organic crops en masse without ruining the planet.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve been talking about new ways to...

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GE to use 3D printing to build the world’s biggest and most powerful wind turbines

GE to use 3D printing to build the world’s biggest and most powerful wind turbines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The size of wind turbines are limited by the width of the roads they’re transported on, but now GE is paving the way for wind turbines that are truly massive.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Renewable energy installations...

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As Covid-19 lockdowns ease companies begin tracking employees with in-house tracking apps

As Covid-19 lockdowns ease companies begin tracking employees with in-house tracking apps

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies and innovations are eroding people’s privacy like never before, for better and worse …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The current Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, has spurred people everywhere around the world to come up...

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A DNA motor to power future nanomachines just set a world speed record

A DNA motor to power future nanomachines just set a world speed record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to do things at the nanoscale, such as create molecular assemblers, means we need to be able to move things at the nanoscale.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today we’re building lots of nanoscale...

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Cameras that see round corners just got a major megapixel upgrade

Cameras that see round corners just got a major megapixel upgrade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You might think that seeing around corners is impossible, but if you can capture photons and apply a bit of techno-magic it becomes possible.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Your eyes are so sensitive that they can...

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Brain reading gadgets get closer after researchers pack a BMI interface into a pair of glasses

Brain reading gadgets get closer after researchers pack a BMI interface into a pair of glasses

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology gets better, cheaper, and smaller, researchers are now getting to the point where they can create brain reading gadgets.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As technology continues to get smaller and more powerful recently I...

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New peer to peer EV charging system means you’ll never run out of juice

New peer to peer EV charging system means you’ll never run out of juice

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Range anxiety, the worry that your electric vehicle will run out of charge and leave you stranded, is a real thing, this could help solve that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As electric vehicles become more popular...

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Re-igniting Moore’s Law, MIT’s radical Carbon Nanotube computer leaps from lab to factory

Re-igniting Moore’s Law, MIT’s radical Carbon Nanotube computer leaps from lab to factory

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Moore’s Law is tapping out, and that’s a big problem for the future of computing, but this latest breakthrough could kick start it again.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while ago I reported how MIT...

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Researchers unveil the world’s smallest motor to power nanobots and nanomachines

Researchers unveil the world’s smallest motor to power nanobots and nanomachines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our ability to create nanoscale bots and machines gets better we will need ways to make them move.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today we’re building lots of tiny tiny things, like cancer killing nanobots, bio-hybrid...

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SpaceX to build floating spaceports for rockets to the Moon and Mars, and hypersonic Earth travel

SpaceX to build floating spaceports for rockets to the Moon and Mars, and hypersonic Earth travel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk is inventing numerous industries and has ambitions to create the first human colony on Mars, and he’s getting closer to realising his goals.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while ago I discussed how Elon...

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US military starts testing solar cells in orbit that beam electricity back to Earth

US military starts testing solar cells in orbit that beam electricity back to Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to capture solar energy in space and beam it back down to Earth is much more efficient than capturing it on Earth, now the tech is being tested.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I...

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US military signs on to start testing Elon Musk’s StarLink communications network

US military signs on to start testing Elon Musk’s StarLink communications network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Only around half the planet has what can be termed good connectivity, and now for the rest there’s Elon Musk’s StarLink network.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently SpaceX began launching its Starlink network – the satellite...

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USAF ramps up AI drone wingman concept, preps for 2023 launch

USAF ramps up AI drone wingman concept, preps for 2023 launch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare will increasingly be autonomous and AI driven, and SkyBorg is another step on the road to realising that future.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. When it comes to developing future weapons the US...

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Japanese researchers reveal a new gadget that lets people taste virtual food

Japanese researchers reveal a new gadget that lets people taste virtual food

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As people start thinking about living more in the virtual world companies want them to be able to experience the same things they do in the real world.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we start getting...

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USAF topguns will fight against AI drones in 2021 as era of autonomous warfare nears

USAF topguns will fight against AI drones in 2021 as era of autonomous warfare nears

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of air combat will increasingly fought by autonomous systems, not human pilots, and the race to create those systems has already begun.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve been talking about the rise of fully...

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HyperPower unveil their new high density electric motor to accelerate the Hyperloop

HyperPower unveil their new high density electric motor to accelerate the Hyperloop

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Futuristic transport like the Hyperloop, a Mach 1 train in a tube, need a futuristic power source.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The Hyperloop is a futuristic train in a vacuum tube that will one day be...

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Next generation solar cells harvest indoor lighting to power all your gadgets

Next generation solar cells harvest indoor lighting to power all your gadgets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We’re all trying to help save the planet, but all our gadgets and children’s toys are addicted to batteries, these new solar cells are here to change that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We hear a lot...

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Researchers successfully grow mini human livers from stem cells for first time

Researchers successfully grow mini human livers from stem cells for first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People who are in need of organ transplants often have to wait for someone else to pass away, this latest breakthrough would mean breaking that cycle.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Have you ever wanted to grow...

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Squids help researchers genetically engineer human cells and turn them invisible

Squids help researchers genetically engineer human cells and turn them invisible

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Squid have a huge number of secret skills, and now thanks to genetic engineering humans could one day have those same skills too.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. People everywhere want superpowers – even though their own...

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A new Virtual Government is helping the UN solve global inequality

A new Virtual Government is helping the UN solve global inequality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many inequalities in the world, but sometimes governments don’t know which investment or programs will make the biggest impact, now they have help.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we see all too clearly today...

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Baidu’s new AI creation creates videos from a single image with a single click

Baidu’s new AI creation creates videos from a single image with a single click

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to create short videos from just one data source using just a single click will make video creation a whole lot faster and easier for everyone.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. What if you could...

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Scientists have visualised stress in plants for the first time

Scientists have visualised stress in plants for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As these sensors become more powerful one day we’ll be able to visualise the stress crops are under at scale and intervene to save them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today, thanks in part to climate change,...

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Smart molecule breakthrough could boost computer memory by over a 100 fold

Smart molecule breakthrough could boost computer memory by over a 100 fold

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The exponential growth in data volumes mean today’s technologies are bursting at the seems so we need new ones.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Transistor sizes have been getting smaller for decades to the point that today...

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New hot qubits let quantum computers run near room temperature

New hot qubits let quantum computers run near room temperature

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s quantum computers need to be supercooled to near absolute zero, but a new breakthrough means they could one day run at room temperature opening them up for everyone to use.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Quantum...

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New Ford update cooks cars to protect first responders from Covid-19

New Ford update cooks cars to protect first responders from Covid-19

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Innovations to fight the spread of Covid-19 are everywhere, and Ford’s latest innovation helps first responders on the front line safe by cooking their vehicles.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. During the current Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19,...

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Doctors treating Covid-19 patients use Microsoft Hololens to keep them and their teams safe

Doctors treating Covid-19 patients use Microsoft Hololens to keep them and their teams safe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During Covid-19 there’s been a huge shortage of PPE and doctors on the front line have been at the greatest risk of catching the disease, mixed reality technologies significantly reduce the risks.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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US Navy’s biofuel powered Tomahawk missiles open door to sustainable rocket travel

US Navy’s biofuel powered Tomahawk missiles open door to sustainable rocket travel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rocket fuel is in now way sustainable or green, but this innovation could change that narrative.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Rockets aren’t green in any sense of the word, especially when it comes to rocket fuel...

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Robot Baristas help coffee shops limit the spread of Covid-19 as lockdowns ease

Robot Baristas help coffee shops limit the spread of Covid-19 as lockdowns ease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Covid-19 has been a big boost for robots, and now they’re taking over coffee shops.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The current Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19, has been a boon for the rapid testing and development of a...

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SpaceX successfully launches first crew into orbit, ushers in new era of spaceflight

SpaceX successfully launches first crew into orbit, ushers in new era of spaceflight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the past NASA designed and used their own rockets to transport astronauts to the ISS, now they’re using SpaceX as the world’s most expensive Uber.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. SpaceX and other companies like Blue...

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Featured Futurist: Change the World, Dare to Leap with Cherwell

Featured Futurist: Change the World, Dare to Leap with Cherwell

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today there are still far too many companies that fail to see the enormous potential within their people, or provide them with the thinking, tools, and opportunities to unlock it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today, everyone has...

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US Patent Office rules AI cannot be a legal inventor

US Patent Office rules AI cannot be a legal inventor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI and Creative Machines become capable of autonomously innovating their own products AI is increasingly becoming both tool and inventor which throws up a whole bundle of legal questions.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we...

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Boston Dynamics’ robot dog gets busy herding New Zealand sheep

Boston Dynamics’ robot dog gets busy herding New Zealand sheep

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are becoming increasingly capable and versatile which means they are now able to accomplish an increasingly wide variety of tasks.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We all know that humans jobs are under threat of being...

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Emission free flying a step closer after Chinese plasma jet breakthrough

Emission free flying a step closer after Chinese plasma jet breakthrough

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When it comes to the future of flight there are all kinds of new propulsion systems under development, and plasma jets show alot of promise.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Todays aircraft fly by consuming huge amounts...

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Nvidia’s AI watched Pac-Man then re-created the game from scratch without coding

Nvidia’s AI watched Pac-Man then re-created the game from scratch without coding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s that can watch something and then instinctively learn how to do it or re-create it have the potential to revolutionise everything and every industry.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I’ve been talking a lot about...

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Researchers say this AI can judge your personality from selfies alone

Researchers say this AI can judge your personality from selfies alone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today lots of things are based on companies ability to assess your circumstances and personality, and now they have a new tool to play with.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Being able to judge a persons personality...

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