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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New tests prove Covid-19 virus wasn’t made by humans in a lab

New tests prove Covid-19 virus wasn’t made by humans in a lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our mastery of synthetic biology improves so too does our ability to create new types of artificial bio-weaponry, and it’s freaking governments out.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A decade or so ago the mere thought...

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World first after scientists create artificial cells that react to their environment

World first after scientists create artificial cells that react to their environment

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As humanity’s understanding of nature and the code of life, DNA, improves we’re closing in on being able to create synthetic lifeforms with amazing properties.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Cells are the basic unit of life,...

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A revolutionary new type of Covid-19 vaccine is being developed

A revolutionary new type of Covid-19 vaccine is being developed Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today there are no vaccines for Covid-19 and complete vaccines will take at least 12 to 18 months to materialise, so scientists are turning to alternative approaches.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19,...

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Lack of Covid-19 vaccine pushes DARPA to develop a therapeutic “Shield”

Lack of Covid-19 vaccine pushes DARPA to develop a therapeutic “Shield”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It takes years to develop vaccines, but when pandemics emerge you only have months and that’s not enough time so DARPA are trying to create a therapeutic shield to protect people until they arrive.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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Researches have found a way to track disease using sound waves

Researches have found a way to track disease using sound waves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As researchers begin experimenting with the electromagnetic spectrum and higher frequency sounds they’re finding new ways to track disease.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the deadly Covid-19 coronavirus wreaks its havoc around the world perhaps one...

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Canada finally reveals the results of it’s Universal Basic Income experiment

Canada finally reveals the results of it’s Universal Basic Income experiment Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI and other technologies make it easier for companies to automate jobs governments are scrambling to find ways to support their citizens in the future.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while ago, before Covid-19 made...

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China enlists drones to disinfect its streets to prevent Covid-19 spreading

China enlists drones to disinfect its streets to prevent Covid-19 spreading Hot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Covid-19 continues its rampage around the world governments are finding new uses for some familiar technologies.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Increasingly the current Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc around the world, and it’s rise to...

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As Covid-19 rages smartphones help South Korea keep tabs on people in lockdown

As Covid-19 rages smartphones help South Korea keep tabs on people in lockdown

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Since the SARS and MERS pandemics there has been an explosion in technology innovation, including smartphones, which are now joining the battle to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the Covid-19...

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Thermal imaging enabled drones help Chinese identify people with Covid-19

Thermal imaging enabled drones help Chinese identify people with Covid-19

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A shortage of Covid-19 testing kits and the need to try to identify people infected with the virus to stop it spreading means governments are now turning to drones for help.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As...

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US CDC launches a Cornoavirus self-checker bot to ease pressure on front line staff

US CDC launches a Cornoavirus self-checker bot to ease pressure on front line staff

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As governments around the world tell people with COVID-19 like symptoms to self isolate a shortage of testing kits mean self-diagnosis is a guessing game, this helps alleviate the problem.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the...

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Spanish police recruit drones to help keep people indoors during the Covid-19 pandemic

Spanish police recruit drones to help keep people indoors during the Covid-19 pandemic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During the current pandemic the police are stretched, and many are falling ill, so increasingly technology is on the front line.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the Covid-19 pandemic ravages the world almost every form of...

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Innovators 3D print valves for snorkel masks to create oxygen masks for needy Covid-19 patients

Innovators 3D print valves for snorkel masks to create oxygen masks for needy Covid-19 patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In today’s pandemic, where supply shortages are rife, there can be no denying the power of human innovation and 3D printing’s role in helping save lives.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. First AI and supercomputers are drafted...

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World’s fastest supercomputer gets recruited to help develop a Covid-19 vaccine

World’s fastest supercomputer gets recruited to help develop a Covid-19 vaccine

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Summit crunched through thousands of compounds in days to find compounds that could be used in a COVID-19 vaccine.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Technology is arguably playing a greater role in the COVID-19 pandemic we’re all...

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3D printing helps Italian doctors fix faulty respirators to help Covid-19 patients

3D printing helps Italian doctors fix faulty respirators to help Covid-19 patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing is an on demand manufacturing technology, and in a crisis where there’s a shortage of parts and people can’t move around freely it’s come to the rescue.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Technology is arguably...

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Autonomous vehicles disinfect streets in China to stop COVID-19 spreading

Autonomous vehicles disinfect streets in China to stop COVID-19 spreading

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Autonomous vehicles and robots are the perfect helpers it turns out in a pandemic as governments send them to work.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Makers of autonomous vehicles have long been selling the benefits driver-free transportation, but...

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Film making and game making collide, behind the scenes of Disney’s “The Mandalorian”

Film making and game making collide, behind the scenes of Disney’s “The Mandalorian”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of AAA game making and movie making is merging thanks to the development of increasingly powerful game engines and new film making techniques.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Jon Favreau and MPC Film’s Lion King...

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Rolls Royce announces plans to build 15 mini nuclear reactors in the UK

Rolls Royce announces plans to build 15 mini nuclear reactors in the UK

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the world tries to wean itself off of fossil fuels nuclear power is making a come back.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the world tries, almost desperately at times it seems, to wean itself off...

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American doctors turn to robots to help them treat Covid-19 patients

American doctors turn to robots to help them treat Covid-19 patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Doctors on the front line are at high risk of getting infected with Covid-19 so some are turning to robots for help.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. There have been numerous confirmed cases of the quickly spreading Coronavirus, Covid-19,...

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Robots get to work sanitising Hong Kong’s subways to stop Covid-19

Robots get to work sanitising Hong Kong’s subways to stop Covid-19

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the Covid-19 pandemic rampages around the world organisations are finding novel ways to stop it from spreading.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Subway systems carry a lot of people in confined spaces. That’s what makes them...

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Chinese authorities send robots into hospitals to help stop Covid-19

Chinese authorities send robots into hospitals to help stop Covid-19

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the global Covid-19 pandemic accelerates robots are coming to the rescue.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. During the current Coronavirus, Covid-19, pandemic robots are being used to help perform remote diagnoses and clean trains and subways,...

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Sweat sensor for wearables opens up a treasure trove of healthcare data

Sweat sensor for wearables opens up a treasure trove of healthcare data

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sweat sensors aren’t sexy but they can open up a treasure trove of health information that can help keep you feeling at the top of your game.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Sweat might make you smell...

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German scientists just created the world’s first self-replicating synthetic cells

German scientists just created the world’s first self-replicating synthetic cells

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our ability to make fully synthetic DNA and genomes accelerates inevitably scientists will want to cross the next step – making living, alien organisms that replicate.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The creation of life is...

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Doctors get a powerful new AI tool to help them diagnose ADHD faster

Doctors get a powerful new AI tool to help them diagnose ADHD faster

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence is helping doctors diagnose more and more syndromes that were previously hard to diagnose.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly becoming a powerful new tool in the fight to properly identify,...

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The world’s biggest 3D printed house opens in Dubai

The world’s biggest 3D printed house opens in Dubai

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we build homes and buildings is changing, and 3D printing offers companies a way to build more spectacular buildings faster and cheaper.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past year or so I’ve written...

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Space Adventures signs an agreement with SpaceX to take tourists into space

Space Adventures signs an agreement with SpaceX to take tourists into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the cost of accessing space plummets enterprising companies are seeing an opportunity to pioneer space tourism.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Slowly we’re entering the new age of so called space tourism, with companies like Blue...

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DARPA announces “Counter-Hypersonics” program to counter the catastrophic threat from hypersonic weapons

DARPA announces “Counter-Hypersonics” program to counter the catastrophic threat from hypersonic weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s military machines and apparatus are defenceless against hypersonic weapons, and the US military needs an answer to this growing threat and fast.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. All of the world’s major military powers...

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A radical new fusion reactor could disrupt how all future fusion reactors are built

A radical new fusion reactor could disrupt how all future fusion reactors are built

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way that scientists are using today to try to create the world’s first working fusion reactors might already be old hat after scientists found a way to short cut the process.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Sweden starts breaking up with cash as government starts trials of digital E-Krona

Sweden starts breaking up with cash as government starts trials of digital E-Krona

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cash use is falling in many countries, so governments are now starting to trial fully digital alternatives.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Cash is dying as more and more people use contactless payment systems and digital cash,...

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Futurist Keynote, Austria: The Future of Artificial Intelligence, ReComm

Futurist Keynote, Austria: The Future of Artificial Intelligence, ReComm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of Artificial Intelligence is not what you think it is… it’s not digital, it’s biological.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, I’d like to thank the team at Re:Comm for inviting me to be this...

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Scientists unveil a brand new smart contact lens that tracks health and detects disease

Scientists unveil a brand new smart contact lens that tracks health and detects disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Smart contact lenses are seen as the next must have gadgets, and now more and more of them are starting to appear.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. All of a sudden the number of smart contact lenses...

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Stanford developed a gene editing tool that identifies and de-bugs faulty genes

Stanford developed a gene editing tool that identifies and de-bugs faulty genes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the technology of the future increasingly looks like it will be biological based we’ll need more “biological debuggers” like this one that can debug it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. This is a good example of...

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Spray on solar panels and solar skins push green energy to the next level

Spray on solar panels and solar skins push green energy to the next level

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we find new ways to create new types of solar materials we can see a day when you won’t need to plug anything into an electricity grid.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The amount of electricity...

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Intel shows off it’s latest immersive 360 video sports technology

Intel shows off it’s latest immersive 360 video sports technology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Immersive experiences will be much more common in the future than they are today, and these are the new production technologies that will help create them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. You might have heard about volumetric...

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MIT invents a cryptographic “Tag of Everything” to defeat counterfeiters

MIT invents a cryptographic “Tag of Everything” to defeat counterfeiters

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As it gets easier to produce products of every kind, from parts for nuclear submarines to medicines, we need a way to guarantee the authenticity of our products.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently a team in...

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Commercial supersonic flights get nearer after NASA green lights X-59 build

Commercial supersonic flights get nearer after NASA green lights X-59 build

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Commercial supersonic flights ended last century after Concorde was cancelled, but Lockheed and NASA wants to bring it back and they’ve created a new X-Plane to do it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Concorde, the world’s first...

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Featured Futurist: Stuff Magazine, The Invisible Wearables

Featured Futurist: Stuff Magazine, The Invisible Wearables

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future wearables won’t just track your heart rate, they’ll know more about you than you do and help you in ways you couldn’t imagine.   Firstly, thank you to James and the team for inviting me to be Stuff magazine’s new monthly columnist...

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DARPA closes in on its ambitions to build the worlds first flying aircraft carriers

DARPA closes in on its ambitions to build the worlds first flying aircraft carriers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare will include drones, and that flips the idea of today’s aircraft carriers on its head.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while ago I wrote an article that discussed the impending emergence of...

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Brain implant helps a blind woman regain her sight and play computer games

Brain implant helps a blind woman regain her sight and play computer games

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our knowledge of the human brain improves in the future we might not need eyes to see, as well as having new ways to “cure” blindness.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Historically if you were blind...

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China’s infamous Social Credit system is now coming for businesses

China’s infamous Social Credit system is now coming for businesses

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If companies want to do business in China they’re going to have to play by China’s rules, and that could be an ominous task for many of them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while ago I...

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Travelling at Mach speeds underground edges closer as Boring Co completes Vegas tunnel

Travelling at Mach speeds underground edges closer as Boring Co completes Vegas tunnel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Travelling at Mach speeds underground might soon be a reality, and Elon Musk is getting closer to realising it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Elon Musk’s Boring Company’s excavation of a transportation tunnel beneath the Las Vegas Convention...

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Toyota used AI to supercharge EV battery development and saved years of effort

Toyota used AI to supercharge EV battery development and saved years of effort

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI can try millions of different chemical permutations a day, and dramatically accelerate product development.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Scientists and researchers around the world are increasingly turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI)and so called Robo-Scientists to...

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This new powerful terahertz camera uses lasers and radiation to see inside objects

This new powerful terahertz camera uses lasers and radiation to see inside objects

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes we want to be able to see inside of objects, and using the quirkiness of terahertz radiation now we can like never before.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I talked about a weird new type...

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A revolutionary AI built by MIT just discovered a new powerful antibiotic drug

A revolutionary AI built by MIT just discovered a new powerful antibiotic drug

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The anti-biotic crisis means that we need new approaches to finding and developing new anti-biotics, and AI has just proven itself to be a powerful new weapon in that fight.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. So called...

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The US military’s new Jetson laser can identify you from just your heartbeat

The US military’s new Jetson laser can identify you from just your heartbeat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The number of technologies we can use to accurately identify and classify people are growing at a staggering rate.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The US military could soon spot you in a crowd, not by your...

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Scientists just created the wonder material Graphene from greenhouse gas Carbon Dioxide

Scientists just created the wonder material Graphene from greenhouse gas Carbon Dioxide

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Graphene is a wonder material that could revolutionise almost every industry on the planet – if we can find ways to manufacture it easily and cheaply…   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The general public knows the chemical...

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