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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IBM’s Project Debater AI barely convinces Cambridge University audience that “AI is good”

IBM’s Project Debater AI barely convinces Cambridge University audience that “AI is good”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An AI debating whether AI is “good or bad” with people sounds like a good marketing ploy, but it has real world implications for human decision making .   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. IBM have just announced...

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OpenAI released the full version of their “dangerous” fake news spewing AI

OpenAI released the full version of their “dangerous” fake news spewing AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF OpenAI have created a text generator so powerful that people fear it will be the ultimate fake news machine, and now the full version’s been released.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In February OpenAI, the Artificial Intelligence...

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A new VR synthetic skin brings feelings to gaming and prosthetics

A new VR synthetic skin brings feelings to gaming and prosthetics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the digital and physical worlds collide and merge companies are trying to find new ways to extend the physical experience.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Imagine holding hands with a loved one on the other side...

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Alphabet’s Everyday Robot project creates robots that learn without programming

Alphabet’s Everyday Robot project creates robots that learn without programming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we had to code every behaviour a robot needs to learn it’d be a never ending task, but if robots can learn like humans without needing to be coded then that’d be game changing.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch...

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A hydrogen powered drone just made an epic ocean crossing

A hydrogen powered drone just made an epic ocean crossing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Despite advances drones today are still limited by their range, but new technologies like hydrogen fuel cells are helping overcome those limitations.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Although multi-copter drones are now being used to transport everything...

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Microsoft DreamWalker turns your daily commute into a VR experience

Microsoft DreamWalker turns your daily commute into a VR experience

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Microsoft’s new twist on Virtual Reality could be a game changer that helps bring VR, not just AR, into the real world and changes the gaming experience forever.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The Matrix is real,...

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Scientists developed a catalytic reactor that turns greenhouse gases into clean fuel

Scientists developed a catalytic reactor that turns greenhouse gases into clean fuel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies are always trying to reduce the cost of producing fuel, and if they could find a way to remove Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere in a sustainable way then that’s just a bonus.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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Harvard’s new multi-material 3D printer makes printing soft robots faster and easier

Harvard’s new multi-material 3D printer makes printing soft robots faster and easier

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many 3D printers still only print one material, or at best switch between different materials very slowly, this new printer therefore opens up a host of new use cases.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. 3D printers are...

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Former Go world champion retires after declaring “AI is invincible”

Former Go world champion retires after declaring “AI is invincible”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that AI and robotics will continue to automate more human jobs and tasks, and society has to have answers and solutions for what’s coming.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation...

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Promising solar energy breakthrough could replace steel making blast furnaces

Promising solar energy breakthrough could replace steel making blast furnaces

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dirty industrial processes use huge amounts of energy and heat to create cement, glass, and steel, and now we have a way to replace them with green energy.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Creating cement, glass, and...

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Nvidia demonstrates cloud based rendering to create high quality virtual experiences

Nvidia demonstrates cloud based rendering to create high quality virtual experiences

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rendering high quality AR and VR experiences is compute intensive, but by using cloud based rendering now anyone can enjoy high quality content irrespective of their device.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Your smartphone might be a...

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Facebook’s DeepFovea tool reduces VR rendering resources by upto 99 percent

Facebook’s DeepFovea tool reduces VR rendering resources by upto 99 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rendering high quality virtual worlds is resource intensive,  DeepFovea eliminates up to 99 percent of those resources which will make AR and VR more accessible.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the biggest issues with Augmented...

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Neurotech breakthrough lets Russians visualise people’s thoughts

Neurotech breakthrough lets Russians visualise people’s thoughts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to reconstruct the images people are thinking about in a lab environment is one thing, but doing it in real time using dynamic content is completely different level of complexity.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Researchers created a digital metamaterial to create better cloaking devices

Researchers created a digital metamaterial to create better cloaking devices

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Metamaterials are odd, they’re freaks of nature, and now they’re going digital which opens up an amazing number of possibilities.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As you’ll know by now I follow a huge number of technologies,...

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US startup uses an old NASA recipe to create “meat” from thin air

US startup uses an old NASA recipe to create “meat” from thin air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we investigate new ways to feed the planet some of the breakthroughs in food production are “unconventional.”   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you should have heard of...

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Volkswagen to test its quantum computer powered satnav in real traffic

Volkswagen to test its quantum computer powered satnav in real traffic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are insanely powerful new types of computers that excel at optimisation problems – such as traffic management.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Volkswagen has announced plans to “test a quantum computer powered navigation app” in Lisbon next...

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Researchers repurpose tractor beam tech to create interactive holograms

Researchers repurpose tractor beam tech to create interactive holograms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of entertainment is immersive and 3D, but getting there is proving hard, that said though there have been breakthroughs.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I’ve been showing off videos of the world’s first real...

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Skies beckon as NASA takes delivery of it’s first all electric X-Plane

Skies beckon as NASA takes delivery of it’s first all electric X-Plane

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Big improvements in the energy density of batteries mean that all electric aircraft are now becoming a possibility.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Anyone who’s anyone in the aviation industry, from Airbus and Boeing to Rolls Royce,...

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An AI built to generate “Fake News” is now helping detect it

An AI built to generate “Fake News” is now helping detect it

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future we won’t be able to believe everything we see or read, irrespective what the content is, so we need new ways to separate truth from fiction.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In February OpenAI,...

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An inflatable humanoid robot destined for space secures NASA funding

An inflatable humanoid robot destined for space secures NASA funding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting equipment and robots into space is expensive, and that makes inflatable robots attractive if we can solve some challenges first.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We don’t see a lot of inflatable robots, probably for obvious...

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Boeing and Porsche team up to build flying cars for the rich

Boeing and Porsche team up to build flying cars for the rich

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race is on to capture the publics imagination and create concepts for the next generation of transportation – flying cars.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It looks like no one wants to be disrupted in the...

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This AI will design your house, over and over again

This AI will design your house, over and over again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Architects are faced with lots of monotonous tasks, and this new AI tool will help eliminate alot of the grunt work.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently, I discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a new breed...

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Scientists just put human livers into suspended animation for the first time

Scientists just put human livers into suspended animation for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The longer it takes for human transplant organs to be transported to the hospital the higher the chance the transplant will fail, this would solve that problem.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while ago I...

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Lightweight metal foam stops armour piercing .50 calibre bullets as well as steel

Lightweight metal foam stops armour piercing .50 calibre bullets as well as steel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Armour plating is heavy and cumbersome, but this new technology reduces the weight of armour by over 50 percent.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers have demonstrated that vehicle armor using Composite Metal Foam (CMF) can stop...

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Indian surgeon completes world’s first remote robotic human heart surgery

Indian surgeon completes world’s first remote robotic human heart surgery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many areas in the world that have a shortage of skilled surgeons, but tele-robotic operations like this one could solve that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while ago I reported several developments in...

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IBM trials virtual classroom to help students master Chinese faster

IBM trials virtual classroom to help students master Chinese faster

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF They say that people learn faster when they are able to live the experiences they’re being taught, and that could make VR a game changer in education.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Often the best way to...

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Researchers have created an online AI that hides you from facial recognition

Researchers have created an online AI that hides you from facial recognition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future the one thing none of us will have, it seems, is privacy – online or offline – but researchers are fighting back in new ways.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. What Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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Dutch startup unveils the world’s first long range commercial solar car

Dutch startup unveils the world’s first long range commercial solar car

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future cars won’t run on batteries, now we have a pathway to create solar panels with up to 80% efficiency the future is battery-less.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve been saying for a long...

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The “world’s most dangerous AI” is now helping automate coding

The “world’s most dangerous AI” is now helping automate coding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Inventions in one area often get repurposed or re-jigged to help solve problems in another area, and this is a prime example.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past year I’ve discussed a couple of Artificial...

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New machine vision system lets gym users ditch the wearables

New machine vision system lets gym users ditch the wearables

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we see advances in AI and machine vision in the future you won’t need a wearable to improve, monitor or measure your workouts, all you’ll need is a camera.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Interesting things...

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The USAF deploys it’s first microwave drone killing weapon

The USAF deploys it’s first microwave drone killing weapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones have been around for decades, but new technologies have accelerated their development and adoption, and as they’re weaponsised we need new ways to take them down.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently a black hat hacker...

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New Facebook AI de-identifies you in videos to protect you from facial recognition tech

New Facebook AI de-identifies you in videos to protect you from facial recognition tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Privacy is becoming a battleground, and just as we can use AI to identify people we can also use it to anonymise people.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It might sound counter intuitive and perhaps slightly self-destructive,...

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World’s most dexterous robot now solves Rubiks’ cubes one handed

World’s most dexterous robot now solves Rubiks’ cubes one handed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Training robots new tricks used to take a long long time, now we can cram hundreds of years of training into just days.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I discussed how a company had managed to...

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Scientists taught birds to sing songs by implanting false memories

Scientists taught birds to sing songs by implanting false memories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we unlock more mysteries of the mind this is yet another stunning example of how in the future we’ll be able to manipulate the mind to learn new things. Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. You might be...

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Futurist Keynote, Slovakia: Living in the Exponential Era, SlovakiaTech

Futurist Keynote, Slovakia: Living in the Exponential Era, SlovakiaTech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future is emerging faster and is more complex than many of us can imagine which is why during this keynote I de-mystify it.   Firstly, I’d like to thank Lucia and the team for inviting me to be the keynote for this years SlovakiaTech...

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Researchers create a bone like metal foam that heals at room temperature

Researchers create a bone like metal foam that heals at room temperature

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When metal breaks it takes a huge amount of energy and heat to fix it, but this new breakthrough fixes that problem.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. For 6,000 years, humans have been making things from metal...

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4D Bio-Printing emerges to help scientists print better human organs

4D Bio-Printing emerges to help scientists print better human organs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D Printing human organs has its problems so scientists created a 4D Bio-Printing technology to solve them and pave the way for better printed, on demand, human organs that grow with their hosts.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Scientists created a blueprint for a Quantum Battery that never looses its charge

Scientists created a blueprint for a Quantum Battery that never looses its charge

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our ability to create machines and products at the nanoscale improves, we need new ways to power them and this is one of them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. There’s been a huge flurry of innovation...

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An AI has learned to predict people’s moods from the way they walk

An AI has learned to predict people’s moods from the way they walk

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When we think of biometrics most people think fingerprints and facial recognition, but the way you walk is a rich source of information too.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is...

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An AI learned to identify PTSD symptoms better than human experts

An AI learned to identify PTSD symptoms better than human experts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF PTSD is an incredibly difficult condition to diagnose even for humans, now an AI has mastered it and even taught the humans a thing or too.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I discussed how Artificial Intelligence...

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Russia’s Navy could be the first to field hypersonic weapons

Russia’s Navy could be the first to field hypersonic weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare will be autonomous and fast, and Russia could be the first to field hypersonic weapons.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The Russian Navy have announced that they will be the first to field...

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A brain controlled exoskeleton just let a quadraplegic man walk again

A brain controlled exoskeleton just let a quadraplegic man walk again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As brain machine interfaces improve it’s giving researchers the ability to build new revolutionary, life changing products.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while ago a quadriplegic man learned how to drive a car, and now...

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Hypersonic flight a step closer after revolutionary British hypersonic engine aces tests

Hypersonic flight a step closer after revolutionary British hypersonic engine aces tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of flight isn’t just supersonic, it’s hypersonic, and a new British hypersonic engine just aced its tests bringing it a step closer to commercial flight.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hypersonic planes, like the stunning...

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NASA designs shape shifting robots to explore other planets

NASA designs shape shifting robots to explore other planets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Todays robots are, by future standards, fairly fixed and static affairs, but tomorrow they’ll evolve and transform themselves to suit their environments.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I talked about a new Polymorphic liquid metals that, when...

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World first as astronauts 3D print beef in space

World first as astronauts 3D print beef in space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting food into orbit is expensive, and most of the food is dubious anyway, but 3D printing and new technologies are giving us entirely new ways to produce food anywhere and anytime.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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