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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Amazon unveils its new range of fully autonomous warehouse robots

Amazon unveils its new range of fully autonomous warehouse robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Amazon faces a worker shortage and cost pressures so it’s trying to solve both with robots.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote,...

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Personalised cancer treatments shown to kill 100 percent of some cancers

Personalised cancer treatments shown to kill 100 percent of some cancers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cancer is still one of the world’s biggest killers but new personalised treatments seem to be working with staggering results for previously “terminal” patients.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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MIT tries to defeat global warming with new space bubble concept

MIT tries to defeat global warming with new space bubble concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If our Plan A to “save the planet” from over heating fails we need a Plan B, and yes it’s odd …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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Animal shaped morphing robots can deliver cancer drugs precisely where they’re needed

Animal shaped morphing robots can deliver cancer drugs precisely where they’re needed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cancer is notoriously hard to target and kill, and often the drugs used to treat it simply flood peoples bodies and create awful side effects. Targeted drugs are not only better but they’re more effective and safer too.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our...

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Telekinetic and telepathic materials open the door to mental wierdness

Telekinetic and telepathic materials open the door to mental wierdness

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When it comes to materials we think of them as static dumb things but that’s changing.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote,...

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Researchers use acoustic tractor beams to make complex structures in mid air

Researchers use acoustic tractor beams to make complex structures in mid air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many advantages to being able to manipulate things in mid air, whether it’s for hygiene, assembly, or even engineering and manufacturing purposes …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential...

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OpenAI’s AI learned to play Minecraft by just watching YouTube videos

OpenAI’s AI learned to play Minecraft by just watching YouTube videos

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers are continually finding new ways to train AI’s to create even better models and this is a good example of one.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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New Web 3.0 data wallets might solve users data privacy problems

New Web 3.0 data wallets might solve users data privacy problems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You have a wallet for payments and tickets, what about data?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We’ve all heard...

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Self assembling tiles that make any kind of space structures ace first orbital tests

Self assembling tiles that make any kind of space structures ace first orbital tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF These re-configurable self-assembling space tiles make it possible to assemble almost any kind of structure in space autonomously.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends, ...

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Ultra energy efficient molecular computer breaks records and blurs boundaries

Ultra energy efficient molecular computer breaks records and blurs boundaries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Molecular computing could help usher in the era of biological, chemical, liquid, and other kinds of futuristic computers that are already emerging and working in the labs …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with...

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Nanomagnetic computing could help create ultra efficient AI’s at the edge

Nanomagnetic computing could help create ultra efficient AI’s at the edge

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI needs power, and the better the AI the more power it needs … until now.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote,...

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Three children are doing fine years after receiving transplants without immunosuppressant drugs

Three children are doing fine years after receiving transplants without immunosuppressant drugs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This breakthrough means that there many now be a way for people who’ve had transplants to ditch the lifetime of immunpsuppressing drugs.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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Scientists create first of a kind implant that treats pain without the drugs

Scientists create first of a kind implant that treats pain without the drugs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The opioid crisis has shown that drugs have their limits and downsides so what if we could treat pain without them?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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This pyramid shaped lens eliminates the need for solar panels to track the Sun

This pyramid shaped lens eliminates the need for solar panels to track the Sun

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not only does this boost efficiency and solar conversion, but it also eliminates the need for solar tracking systems …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Residents say goodbye to loud street noise with noise cancelling windows

Residents say goodbye to loud street noise with noise cancelling windows

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Constant noise affects mental health, and street noise is often the worst culprit, so now there’s a way to eliminate it from your life.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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Samsung beats TSMC to be the first company to produce 3nm computer chips

Samsung beats TSMC to be the first company to produce 3nm computer chips

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The smaller the transistors the more powerful and efficient the computing system, but as transistors get smaller making these chips is getting expensive and harder to do.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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This optical brain like computer chip analyses almost 2 billion images per second

This optical brain like computer chip analyses almost 2 billion images per second

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future machine vision will capture even more videos and images than it does today, and synthetic content will create even more, and we need computer chips that can process this insane volume of graphical data.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential...

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FCC finally authorises SpaceX to roll out satellite broadband to anything that moves

FCC finally authorises SpaceX to roll out satellite broadband to anything that moves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of communications could be purely space based and Elon Musk is building a $100 billion business off of it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Mastercard will soon let 3 Billion people buy crypto and NFT’s using its network

Mastercard will soon let 3 Billion people buy crypto and NFT’s using its network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Global payment companies like Mastercard and Visa used to ban crypto purchases unilaterally, and now they want to dominate them.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Alquist unveils plans for the world’s largest 3D printed community

Alquist unveils plans for the world’s largest 3D printed community

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printed homes are faster and cheaper to build than traditional homes, and this tech’s starting to go mainstream.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and...

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The Mayflower becomes the first autonomous ship to cross the Atlantic

The Mayflower becomes the first autonomous ship to cross the Atlantic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Slowly but surely companies are developing the technology they need to eliminate many of the operating crews on board ships and this is yet another step towards that goal.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself...

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Criminals are eyeing up the metaverse already and planning chaos

Criminals are eyeing up the metaverse already and planning chaos

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The metaverse will be a new frontier for criminals … and very very profitable despite everyone’s best efforts.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends, ...

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Dubai plans on becoming the world’s third metaverse city

Dubai plans on becoming the world’s third metaverse city

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Countries are increasingly thinking about creating digital twins of their cities so they can better analyse data about them and also put them in the metaverse to improve services and revenue.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future...

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A historic first as Cruise starts offering truly driverless cab rides in California

A historic first as Cruise starts offering truly driverless cab rides in California

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now a safety driver has had to be in self-driving cars in case they needed to take control quickly, but now that driver’s gone.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from...

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New cargo ships to ride on bubbles of air to reduce fuel emissions by 40 percent

New cargo ships to ride on bubbles of air to reduce fuel emissions by 40 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Water resistance means cargo ships burn more fuel, but what if they didn’t float in the water but rode on air instead?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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BMW shows off its colour changing car in a vision of the future

BMW shows off its colour changing car in a vision of the future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials are changing, they’re becoming smarter, more capable, and more controllable – and digital – and this is a good example of future applications.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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Top Google AI expert goes public claiming his AI is sentient then gets fired

Top Google AI expert goes public claiming his AI is sentient then gets fired

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What is sentience? So far AI is getting better at copying and mimicking human behaviours and skills, but to claim one is sentient is another level …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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Major biotech breakthrough lets researchers grow plants without light

Major biotech breakthrough lets researchers grow plants without light

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you can grow plants without the need for light then it means you can grow plants anywhere and that they can keep on growing 24/7 which will increase crop yields.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future...

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The world’s first augmented reality contact lens just got its first human trial

The world’s first augmented reality contact lens just got its first human trial

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now the contact lens hasn’t been put onto anyones eyeball, and for good reason, so this first human trial is a significant step forwards.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from...

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At over 200,000 burgers a day this cultivated meat factory will be the world’s biggest

At over 200,000 burgers a day this cultivated meat factory will be the world’s biggest

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you don’t need animals to make meat you don’t need to feed them crops or water, deforest the Amazon, or figure out ways to eliminate their greenhouse gas emissions …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future...

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New exotic protein rotors and axels will help nanomachines move faster

New exotic protein rotors and axels will help nanomachines move faster

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our ability to create nano scale products is getting better fast, and these breakthroughs could transform every industry from manufacturing to healthcare and beyond.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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A new breakthrough computer chip encodes data using sound

A new breakthrough computer chip encodes data using sound

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Impossible is just something we haven’t done yet, and now we’ve achieved another “impossible” breakthrough …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote,...

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The FBI warns people are using DeepFakes to apply for remote tech jobs

The FBI warns people are using DeepFakes to apply for remote tech jobs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you hire someone you give them money, as in a wage, and access to your systems, so what happens when those people aren’t who they seem to be?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself...

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Coca Cola plunges into the Metaverse with pixel flavoured cola promo

Coca Cola plunges into the Metaverse with pixel flavoured cola promo

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While the Metaverse might seem complicated it’s just another digital-virtual channel for brands to explore and monetise.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch...

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Jonnie Walker jumps into the Metaverse with a rare $35,000 NFT

Jonnie Walker jumps into the Metaverse with a rare $35,000 NFT

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Web 3.0 and other technologies give companies the opportunity to monetise things in new ways and create new virtual revenue streams.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Japan’s newest deep sea turbines tap into 200GW of deep sea power

Japan’s newest deep sea turbines tap into 200GW of deep sea power

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Countries are looking for renewable energy sources that produce power 24/7/365 and at the moment the deep oceans are the best bet so Japan’s scaling their technology.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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This Brain on a Chip tech is designed to destroy brain tumours faster and cheaper

This Brain on a Chip tech is designed to destroy brain tumours faster and cheaper

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The treatments to destroy and kill brain tumours hasn’t evolved very much in the past two decades, but new technologies are coming through to give us hope.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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Hyundai’s giant autonomous cargo ship just completed a trip across the ocean

Hyundai’s giant autonomous cargo ship just completed a trip across the ocean

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the first time a large cargo ship has autonomously traversed an ocean, and even though it had some help it’ll soon become the industry’s future.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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As Web 3.0 gets going Jack Dorsey just announced Web 5.0

As Web 3.0 gets going Jack Dorsey just announced Web 5.0

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many that hope Web 3.0 will be a decentralised censor free internet, but that’s unlikely to be the case, so Dorsey is now looking ahead to Web 5.0.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof...

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This new drone swarm speeds through forests with unprecedented ease

This new drone swarm speeds through forests with unprecedented ease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This technological leap shows just how far drone and autonomous navigation and manoeuvrability tech has come in just a few years.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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This new road gives your electric vehicle unlimited range

This new road gives your electric vehicle unlimited range

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lithium Ion batteries in cars and supercharger networks could be just transition technologies as more companies experiment with new ways to charge your EV’s wherever they are.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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Minecraft gets a huge Web 3.0 upgrade thanks to a new Polygon mod

Minecraft gets a huge Web 3.0 upgrade thanks to a new Polygon mod

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Web 3.0, which is a collection of technologies, will be the future of the internet and could create a new digital economy that rivals today’s global economy in size and breadth so mods like this one on major platforms are interesting …   Love the...

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Ethereum could settle over $8 Trillion worth of transactions this year

Ethereum could settle over $8 Trillion worth of transactions this year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Web 3.0, crypto, and digital asset economies are surging even as the crypto markets themselves crash which now means that it looks like these trends are unstoppable.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with...

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Commercially available solar vehicles that never need charging are here

Commercially available solar vehicles that never need charging are here

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With solar panels getting so efficient have you ever wondered why you need tons of batteries to power your electric vehicle?   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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Elon Musk deepfake crypto scams are on the rise and they’re getting better

Elon Musk deepfake crypto scams are on the rise and they’re getting better

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Deepfakes are getting better, in two years they’ll be perfect, and that means you won’t be able to trust anything you see. And that’s a huge issue.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses...

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