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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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

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 Hot

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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An Instagram blogger just bought a custom digital dress for $9,500

An Instagram blogger just bought a custom digital dress for $9,500

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Having that special fashion item in the real world can put someone in the spotlight, and now that applies online to.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. A lot is changing in the fashion world – and in...

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Synthetic lifeforms closer to reality after AI creates world’s first synthetic genome

Synthetic lifeforms closer to reality after AI creates world’s first synthetic genome

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The creation of the world’s first fully synthetic genome by an AI is a major milestone in synthetic biology researchers quest to create the world’s first fully synthetic lifeforms.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Scientists from ETH Zurich...

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MIT’s crazy laser can beam adverts directly into your ears

MIT’s crazy laser can beam adverts directly into your ears

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We now have the technology to beam sound directly into people’s ears, and future admen can’t wait to get hold of the tech.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. In the future, if we futurists are to believed, which...

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JAXA and Toyota team up to create a Moon buggy with a 10,000km range

JAXA and Toyota team up to create a Moon buggy with a 10,000km range

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s a question of when, not if, we go back to and live on the Moon, and we’ll need transportation…   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. As more nation states, space agencies and billionaires, like China and NASA, Elon...

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Watch DARPA’s smart EXACTO bullets change path mid flight

Watch DARPA’s smart EXACTO bullets change path mid flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bullets haven’t evolved in many years, but now DARPA’s smart bullets could turn everyone into a professional sniper.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. DARPA’s self-steering bullet, which first appeared in 2015 as you can see in the video...

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Revolutionary air breathing rocket engine gets green light for tests

Revolutionary air breathing rocket engine gets green light for tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rockets are traditionally fuelled using LOX which is expensive, toxic, and prone to blowing up, but now the world’s first air breathing rocket engine is ready for tests.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The world of supersonic and...

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Bots are taking out paedophiles and keeping children safe from online sexual predators

Bots are taking out paedophiles and keeping children safe from online sexual predators

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many ways to use bots, they can spread fake news, or as in this case, be used to catch paedophiles and keep children safe from online sexual predators.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Everyone knows that...

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Designer cell with two genetic codes “give life on Earth one serious upgrade”

Designer cell with two genetic codes “give life on Earth one serious upgrade”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future not all life will be organic, increasingly more of it will be synthetic, and that’s a game changer that at the very least means aliens and the X-Men could become real.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore...

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NASA’s green rocket fuel is less harmful to the environment, and can be FedEx’d

NASA’s green rocket fuel is less harmful to the environment, and can be FedEx’d

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As access to space gets cheaper we’re sending more rockets up today than ever before, and the fuel they use has a massive environmental impact.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. When I talk about Elon Musk’s vision for...

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New Lithium Metal batteries beat out LiOn to power drones for longer

New Lithium Metal batteries beat out LiOn to power drones for longer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As investment flows into new battery tech Lithium Ion suddenly has a whole host of new competitors to contend with.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. It’s easy to be jaded by new battery news, after all, there’s a...

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Researchers gene hacked human cells and turned them into dual core computers

Researchers gene hacked human cells and turned them into dual core computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Computers have transformed human society, and next they’ll transform humans.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The CRISPR gene-editing system is usually known for helping scientists create gene hacked twins resistant to HIV and cancer vaccines, cure blindness, genetic...

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Disney’s latest VR jacket lets gamers “feel the force”

Disney’s latest VR jacket lets gamers “feel the force”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual reality is good, but it’s not great yet – this tech lets gamers both experience and feel the game.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Virtual Reality (VR) worlds look great, but, unless you have something like touch...

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KIT’s haptic tech brings a sense of touch to industrial control systems

KIT’s haptic tech brings a sense of touch to industrial control systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We have five senses, but we only use two of them, hearing and sight, when interacting with technology, haptics introduces the sense of touch to interfaces.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. To perceive our surroundings humans can draw...

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Revolutionary material auto-cannibalises itself to make new structures

Revolutionary material auto-cannibalises itself to make new structures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As your understanding of material science improves we’re edging towards a future where materials take on sci-fi like qualities.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. For the first time ever scientists at the US Department of Energy and Oak...

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Artificial Photosynthesis breakthrough turns Carbon Dioxide into plastic

Artificial Photosynthesis breakthrough turns Carbon Dioxide into plastic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today plastics are made from harmful fossil fuels, but this new process eliminates them from the manufacturing process.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. From fuels, to foam mattresses, to high performance carbon fibers and carbon capturing self-healing materials, scientists are...

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Mission Impossible style smart contact lens gets US military’s attention

Mission Impossible style smart contact lens gets US military’s attention

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology gets smaller the world’s first true Smart Contact Lenses get closer than ever, and there are plenty of companies hungrily watching the space.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The bleeding edge US military research organisation Defense...

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5G networks let construction workers in Germany clear building sites in South Korea

5G networks let construction workers in Germany clear building sites in South Korea

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As network speeds increase, and latency falls, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the future of remote working.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently there have been a flurry of developments in the construction...

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Kim and Zuck get DeepFaked and go viral

Kim and Zuck get DeepFaked and go viral

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepFakes might look fun but as the technology to create them becomes more accessible they’ll become a tool that people use to undermine trust in democracy and institutions.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Mark Zuckerberg may be famed...

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New “unclonable computer chip” stops botnets in their tracks

New “unclonable computer chip” stops botnets in their tracks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the number of connected devices increases we need new ways to prevent them from being hijacked by cyber criminals.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. While we embrace the way the Internet of Things (IoT) already is making...

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2,000 Chinese schools are using robots to give students daily health checks

2,000 Chinese schools are using robots to give students daily health checks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence and robotics are helping China deliver healthcare in new ways.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. China is increasingly in love with technology, and the government, for a variety of reasons, is keen to develop and deploy...

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New military virtual reality system lets operators control swarms of drones

New military virtual reality system lets operators control swarms of drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As drone swarms become more common we need new ways to control them.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Ever since drones became a thing the standard practice for piloting one has been one operator for each unmanned vehicle....

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Scientists have created a living material that has the three signs of life

Scientists have created a living material that has the three signs of life

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We often think of materials as static things, but what if they were alive?   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The line between man made materials and living organisms is getting more blurred as time goes by, and it...

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BIG unveil Oceanix their floating city concept backed by the UN

BIG unveil Oceanix their floating city concept backed by the UN

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the Earth’s population grows, and as climate change threatens to displace hundreds of millions of people the UN are now seriously considering building floating cities.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. In the future it’s not just NASA...

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China solves Boltzmann Tyranny problem to create 3nm transistors

China solves Boltzmann Tyranny problem to create 3nm transistors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As computers are embedded into everything, from wearables and clothing, to even human cells, they’ve got to get smaller – and they are.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. As transistors get ever smaller, with 7nm transistors now going...

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NASA announces it’s opening the ISS up to space tourists

NASA announces it’s opening the ISS up to space tourists

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the costs of accessing space fall by multiples of a hundred it might not be long before you too consider space as your next vacation.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Following on in the footsteps of other...

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“Terrifying” new AI lets you create your very own DeepFakes using just text

“Terrifying” new AI lets you create your very own DeepFakes using just text

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the barriers to creating high quality DeepFake content disappear soon we’ll all be able to create our very own DeepFakes.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have made it far easier to...

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Promethean AI lets games developers use their voices to automatically create new game environments

Promethean AI lets games developers use their voices to automatically create new game environments

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Developing games worlds takes up a huge amount of money, time and effort, but now even newbies can generate realistic environments in seconds and for free.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently Nvidia showed off an Artificial Intelligence...

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Another AI “spontaneously evolves” and this time gains a number sense

Another AI “spontaneously evolves” and this time gains a number sense

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we embed AI into every corner of our digital society we need to start asking hard questions about what happens when they “go beyond their programming” and “evolve” spontaneously.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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AI gets to grips with designing cities so humans don’t have to

AI gets to grips with designing cities so humans don’t have to

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is taking on more and more challenges, and “grunt work,” and now it’s starting to design our cities and communities.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. For the past couple of years, as I’ve watched the rise of...

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World’s first autonomous robot completes its journey inside the human body

World’s first autonomous robot completes its journey inside the human body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As healthcare and robotics merge, from Robo-Surgeons to Nanobots, we need to find new ways to help them navigate to where they’re needed.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Surgeons have used robots operated by joysticks for more than...

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World’s first book written entirely by an AI is a real thriller

World’s first book written entirely by an AI is a real thriller

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI gets better at creating realistic content, of any form, without human assistance it will have an immeasurable and revolutionary impact on every corner of society and business.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. We all know that...

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New Google AI creates synthetic video of “unprecedented complexity”

New Google AI creates synthetic video of “unprecedented complexity”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day AI’s will be able to create photorealistic video content of anything and everything all by themselves, this is one step in that journey.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently Artificial Intelligence (AI) and so called Creative...

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Researchers hacked a Tesla’s autopilot using three stickers on the road

Researchers hacked a Tesla’s autopilot using three stickers on the road

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Neural networks see the world differently to humans, which is why they can be corrupted using relatively simple trickery.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. A prolific cyber security research firm has announced that it’s managed to make Tesla’s self-driving car...

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New self-healing material rebuilds itself using carbon from the air

New self-healing material rebuilds itself using carbon from the air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future it will be taken for granted that materials can self-heal, and they’ll be able to do it in a multitude of ways.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. In a world first researchers at MIT in...

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New 3D printed material heals itself after being cut in half

New 3D printed material heals itself after being cut in half

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is one of the first combinations of 3D Printing and Self-Healing materials, and it’s how many materials could be made in the future.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently teams of researchers showed off their self-healing computer...

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