Demystifying and bringing the future to life

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 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 Hot

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

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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Fully autonomous raspberry picking robot successfully completes field trials

Fully autonomous raspberry picking robot successfully completes field trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fully automated farms aren’t far off, but one of the biggest problems so far has been harvesting soft fruits, and this new robot brings automation a step closer.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Robots aren’t dexterous at all...

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Regenerative medicine breakthrough regrows mouse toes

Regenerative medicine breakthrough regrows mouse toes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When some animals loose a limb they can regrow them, and slowly we’re unlocking the secrets of mammalian regeneration.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently teams in the US managed unlock the regenerative secrets of Zebra fish, re-activate...

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New material could generate an infinite amount of energy from the coldness of space

New material could generate an infinite amount of energy from the coldness of space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Earth has an energy shortage, apparently, and now we have yet another way to produce infinite clean energy forever.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The obvious drawback of solar panels, despite the continuous sound of efficiency records being...

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NASA tests it’s newest artificial gravity system in an office on Earth

NASA tests it’s newest artificial gravity system in an office on Earth

WHY THIS MATERS IN BRIEF As humanity continues to eye space as the next great adventure we need more efficient anti-gravity systems.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. A little while ago I discussed NASA’s Artificial Gravity experiment, and like me, if you’ve seen...

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New Nestle service uses your DNA to sell you personalised supplements

New Nestle service uses your DNA to sell you personalised supplements

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As genetic sequencing gets cheaper and easier companies are seeing an opportunity to cash in on it.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. In 2017 a company called Food Ink, who used 3D printers to print gourmet food for...

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Edtech company Udacity uses deepfake tech to create educational videos automatically

Edtech company Udacity uses deepfake tech to create educational videos automatically

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most online educational courses are text and graphics based, but now Udacity is using deepfake tech to automatically generate educational videos from the content.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Producing content for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms...

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NASA steps into the unknown with project to 3D print spacecraft in orbit

NASA steps into the unknown with project to 3D print spacecraft in orbit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Launching equipment and satellites into orbit is expensive, space limited, and slow, so NASA wants to eliminate these bottlenecks and 3D print and assemble objects in space.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. A little while ago I discussed...

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World first as Chinese scientists use plasma to create tiny sci-fi light sabres

World first as Chinese scientists use plasma to create tiny sci-fi light sabres

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our ability to create and control plasma in new science fiction like ways improves so too does our ability to create new sci fi devices.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The world of science fiction is quickly...

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Scientists use light to create a new state of physical matter

Scientists use light to create a new state of physical matter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to combine light and physical matter to create a new type of hybrid matter opens the door to creating new materials and products with extraordinary capabilities.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently scientists have turned light...

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Goodyear unveils it’s flying car tilt rotor tyre concept

Goodyear unveils it’s flying car tilt rotor tyre concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flying taxis are arriving, albeit in drone form, but the dream of actual flying cars is far from dead.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. If you watch any science fiction movie none of the flying vehicles or cars...

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Future quantum computers could crack 2048 bit RSA encryption in 8 hours

Future quantum computers could crack 2048 bit RSA encryption in 8 hours

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of our vital communications and data are encrypted, and powerful quantum computers will be able to crack almost all of it.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Many people, quite rightly, worry that quantum computers will be able...

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IBM unveil their artificial tongue to improve food safety

IBM unveil their artificial tongue to improve food safety

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of situations where we want to test things, such as food and water, to see if they’re safe without actually tasting them ourselves, and now you can.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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Scientists unveil self-healing asphalt to end potholes

Scientists unveil self-healing asphalt to end potholes

WHY TIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many a motorist has been upended by potholes, as their cars clang into one, this might be a way to end them for good.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Self-healing materials are in vogue at the moment with...

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Microsoft drops $1 Billion on OpenAI to fund Artificial General Intelligence development

Microsoft drops $1 Billion on OpenAI to fund Artificial General Intelligence development

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AGI is the point at which machines intelligence, and intellectual capabilities, match and exceed that of humans, bringing about the most significant change in human history.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Last year Google DeepMind released the world’s...

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Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s brain implants that will help humans merge with AI

Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s brain implants that will help humans merge with AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people worry that AI’s will one day get to a level where they replace and out compete humans, at work and in battle, so Musk is trying to help the two merge.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More....

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Teslasuit’s haptic bodysuit lets VR users experience full body immersion

Teslasuit’s haptic bodysuit lets VR users experience full body immersion

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual Reality headsets are all well and good but they only give users a visual experience, and haptic suits literally let you feel everything.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Following on from Disney’s haptic VR jacket, that let’s...

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Insane AI listened to peoples voices then created accurate photofits

Insane AI listened to peoples voices then created accurate photofits

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI’s use becomes ubiquitous, from surveillance to crime fighting, innovations like this are a double edged sword.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now becoming the foundational technology that’s helping create a host of...

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World’s first batteryless bluetooth sensor harvests energy from the air

World’s first batteryless bluetooth sensor harvests energy from the air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF IOT devices will be crippled if they all need batteries to run, but by harvesting energy from the air we can place sensors anywhere and everywhere.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Semiconductor firm Wiliot has demonstrated the first ever...

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MIT’s CRISPR gene editing alternative inserts new DNA without cutting

MIT’s CRISPR gene editing alternative inserts new DNA without cutting

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Using the CRISPR gene editing tool to cut and edit DNA sequences can create unintended side effects, and CAST eliminates the cutting process.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The CRISPR gene editing system is such a powerful and revolutionary...

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Shooting laser beams from your eyes a reality after scientific breakthrough

Shooting laser beams from your eyes a reality after scientific breakthrough Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Ocular lasers have many applications, but frankly I’m not sure what most of those could be (yet). Death rays anyone?   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently I talked about a new set of Mission Impossible style smart contact...

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ESA’s first self-driving spacecraft heads to space for maiden tests

ESA’s first self-driving spacecraft heads to space for maiden tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Transportation on Earth is going fully autonomous, and now so too are spacecraft.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. You’ve heard of self-driving cars and trucks, flying cars, and probably even self-driving cargo ships, but soon we’ll be able...

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Hydrogen powered sky taxi boasts record breaking 400km range

Hydrogen powered sky taxi boasts record breaking 400km range Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Traditional ground transportation has had its day, but it’s going take a long time before sky taxi’s are ready for mass transport duties.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Hydrogen is still lagging behind electric batteries as an energy...

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Virtual reality is helping scientists discover new drugs faster

Virtual reality is helping scientists discover new drugs faster

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Discovering new drugs is a laborious and expensive process, but VR is helping make it significantly faster and cheaper.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Virtual Reality (VR), the same technology that’s revolutionising video games and cancer treatments by...

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You can now try the “world’s most dangerous” fake news AI for yourself

You can now try the “world’s most dangerous” fake news AI for yourself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A basic version of the “world’s most advanced, and dangerous, fake news generator” is now online for you to try for yourself.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. This spring, the Elon Musk founded AI research lab OpenAI made a splash...

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Amazon trained their delivery bot Scout in the virtual world so it could handle the real one

Amazon trained their delivery bot Scout in the virtual world so it could handle the real one

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Training AI software and robots in the virtual world will dramatically accelerate disruption and the world’s rate of change.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Amazon, who are already on their way to becoming a fully autonomous retailer, recently...

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Google secretly spent $10million on a 4 year Cold Fusion experiment

Google secretly spent $10million on a 4 year Cold Fusion experiment

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cold Fusion is thought to be impossible, but if it isn’t it would change the world, so Google went to try and discover it.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The journal Nature last week revealed the results of a 4-year, $10...

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Experts warn Facebook’s cryptocurrency could help it become a virtual nation

Experts warn Facebook’s cryptocurrency could help it become a virtual nation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more of us become a part of online communities we are seeing the rise of the world’s first virtual nations, nations without territory or borders that can threaten the status of sovereign nations.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore...

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