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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Russia’s new 200 knot “supercavitating” torpedoes leave America speechless

Russia’s new 200 knot “supercavitating” torpedoes leave America speechless

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Innovation can happen anywhere, and if you can find a way to eliminate the friction around torpedoes then they can literally fly at high speed.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently Russia became the first  military power...

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Russia becomes the first country in the world to deploy hypersonic weapons

Russia becomes the first country in the world to deploy hypersonic weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most countries are now on a tear to develop the first generation of hypersonic weapons, and Russia just became the first to deploy them in active service.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hypersonic weapons that travel anywhere...

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World first as researchers 3D print capacitors straight into PCB’s

World first as researchers 3D print capacitors straight into PCB’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our ability to 3D print electronics in a variety of forms is increasing all the time, and that brings a ton of benefits for future gadgets and products.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Using multi-material 3D printers...

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The world’s first living robots were created by an AI and a supercomputer

The world’s first living robots were created by an AI and a supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As scientists continue to unravel the mysteries of life they’re increasingly finding new ways to edit, control, and manipulate it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it, when I talk about robots the first thing that...

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New 3D printing technique helps researchers create better shape shifting materials

New 3D printing technique helps researchers create better shape shifting materials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are numerous occasions where a shape shifting material, or a reactive material, would be useful and now we have an easier way to create them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Even without a brain or a...

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Audi spin out Holoride unveils its amazing in car VR experience

Audi spin out Holoride unveils its amazing in car VR experience

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As cars eventually die, and autonomous vehicles become pods on wheels, we’ll need to find new ways to entertain ourselves and the kids.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As car companies, like Audi and Toyota, among others,...

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Researchers made bacterial nano-networks to make DNA storage more efficient

Researchers made bacterial nano-networks to make DNA storage more efficient

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA storage holds huge amounts of promise but getting information into DNA and then getting it back out again has been problematic.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Humanity is creating information at an unprecedented rate, and I’m...

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Looking Glass unveil their stunning new 8K holographic display

Looking Glass unveil their stunning new 8K holographic display

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Volumetric displays are attempting to give users a VR-like experience but without the glasses, and they’re getting better.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The first thing you need to note when writing about Looking Glass, that I...

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US Army explores the use of shape shifting robots for 2040

US Army explores the use of shape shifting robots for 2040

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is transforming warfare, and the US military believes autonomous swarms of shape shifting robots could give them a significant advantage in battle.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I discussed how swarms of robots were able...

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Researchers unveil an unhackable chip that even quantum computers can’t crack

Researchers unveil an unhackable chip that even quantum computers can’t crack

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers will be able to crack most encryption systems on the planet, but this new security system is apparently uncrackable.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The word unhackable is a strong one and recently there have...

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Japan’s newest digital pop stars blur the line between virtual and reality

Japan’s newest digital pop stars blur the line between virtual and reality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI infused life-like digital humans and avatars get better and more capable they’re starting to sign their own pop deals and compete with real humans.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I’ve been talking a lot...

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Stanford researchers built a particle accelerator on a computer chip

Stanford researchers built a particle accelerator on a computer chip

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Particle accelerators are useful for all kinds of things, from finding new particles to helping build better semiconductors, and now we have a way to miniaturise them and put them on a chip.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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World leaders can rest easy for now after researchers find new ways to reveal DeepFakes

World leaders can rest easy for now after researchers find new ways to reveal DeepFakes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are now locked in a war as nefarious actors find new ways to weaponsise deepfakes and fake news, and defenders try to figure out how to discover and flag it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. An...

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First of a kind attack as criminals clone a CEO’s voice and con UK energy firm out of $243,000

First of a kind attack as criminals clone a CEO’s voice and con UK energy firm out of $243,000

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI’s get better at creating fake content, or synthetic content, this type of attack will be the start of a new worrying trend.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. After Google’s Duplex demonstration last year it’s clear...

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IBM’s floating space robot just got an emotional upgrade

IBM’s floating space robot just got an emotional upgrade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As software improves and AI gets better one big advantage that robots have over humans still is that they can get upgrades and CIMON just got an EQ upgrade.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. How many times...

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Samsung unveil their incredibly life-like digital humans and creep people out

Samsung unveil their incredibly life-like digital humans and creep people out

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that one day, in a couple of years, you won’t know if you are speaking to a real human or a digital human – and Samsung just upped the ante.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Futurist Keynote, London: Future of Healthcare 2020 to 2070, Willis Towers Watson

Futurist Keynote, London: Future of Healthcare 2020 to 2070, Willis Towers Watson

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today there are hundreds of exponential technologies arriving, and many of those are already having an impact on healthcare and patient outcomes, furthermore science fiction is increasingly becoming science fact.   Firstly, I’d like to thank Mark and the team at Willis Towers Watson for...

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MIT researchers can now use lasers to look at your insides from a distance

MIT researchers can now use lasers to look at your insides from a distance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF On the one hand a technology like this can replace ultrasound one day, but on the other there are likely to be serious privacy implications.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Ultrasound has seen a number of improvements...

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Futurist Keynote, London: Investing in the Future, Bloomberg

Futurist Keynote, London: Investing in the Future, Bloomberg

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are increasingly reaching the point where we can disrupt global industries within the space of weeks and days, and that has a significant impact on investors and investment strategies.   Firstly, thank you to Parker and the team at Bloomberg for inviting me to...

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3D printed bunny contains instructions to make a copy of intself

3D printed bunny contains instructions to make a copy of intself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we manufacture products in new ways we can use those same manufacturing technologies to embed information about them for a variety of purposes.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Now that we can 3D print objects researchers...

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Baltimore becomes the first US city to be watched from the air 24/7

Baltimore becomes the first US city to be watched from the air 24/7

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As airborne platforms, from aircraft to drones, and as machine vision and optic technologies improve, our ability to monitor cities and people from the air in real time will improve dramatically.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A...

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Harvard invents self-healing rubber to nail your tyre’s puncture problems

Harvard invents self-healing rubber to nail your tyre’s puncture problems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While this is one example of how self-healing materials will be useful there are millions more use cases.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If the world is free of flat tires a couple decades from now, you...

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BigRep unveil the world’s first fully 3D printed electric car

BigRep unveil the world’s first fully 3D printed electric car

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s only a matter of time before we can 3D print an entire car, no matter how complex it is, in one run complete with embedded electronics, power, and sensors.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One day...

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Scientists have managed to clone photons using quantum dots

Scientists have managed to clone photons using quantum dots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to clone photons opens up new possibilities when it comes to quantum computing and quantum internet, but could also help hackers hack these systems.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In the global quest to develop...

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New 3D printed liquid “lab on a chip” paves the way for liquid electronics

New 3D printed liquid “lab on a chip” paves the way for liquid electronics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing is still relatively nascent but as researchers invent new tools and techniques one breakthrough can revolutionise thousands of fields.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the US have...

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A DNA computer just calculated the square root of 900

A DNA computer just calculated the square root of 900

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of computing is biological, every other form of computing platform from quantum to neuromorphic, will just be transitory.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. There have been a number of developments in making the first DNA...

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HyperStealth demonstrate the world’s first viable invisibility cloak

HyperStealth demonstrate the world’s first viable invisibility cloak

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Invisibility is an illusion, a magic trick – literally. As metamaterials improve you can expect this once science fiction-like technology to be perfected.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Happy New Year! Today science fiction is becoming science...

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Featured Futurist: Shaping the Future of UK Healthcare, Deloitte

Featured Futurist: Shaping the Future of UK Healthcare, Deloitte

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Exponential technologies will revolutionise healthcare, human longevity and wellness, and patient outcomes, and healthcare organisations need to be prepared.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thank you to Karen Taylor and the team at Deloitte for asking...

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Lab grown meat could make eating T-Rex and Zebra burgers completely normal

Lab grown meat could make eating T-Rex and Zebra burgers completely normal

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you can grow any meat, from any animal, in a lab without ever having to rear, raise, or harm an animal then why wouldn’t eating exotic meats become culturally acceptable?   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If...

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3D printing breakthrough lets users print multi-material objects with embedded electronics

3D printing breakthrough lets users print multi-material objects with embedded electronics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to 3D print products made out of one material on demand is a game changer, but being able to use multiple materials and embed electronics into those products will be nothing short of revolutionary.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book,...

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Scientists have created artificial memories in mice for the first time

Scientists have created artificial memories in mice for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As your understanding of the brain and neuroscience improves memory is increasingly looking as editable as a Microsoft Word document.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past number of years I’ve reported on a wide variety...

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McLaren reveal their extreme 2050 shape shifting F1 race car concept

McLaren reveal their extreme 2050 shape shifting F1 race car concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While even the best and brightest minds can try to imagine life thirty years in the future the likelihood is that what’s possible will make even today’s grandest concepts rather tame.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. McLaren...

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Meet Lia, Soul Machine’s scarily lifelike digital human that reacts to your emotions

Meet Lia, Soul Machine’s scarily lifelike digital human that reacts to your emotions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI and avatars improve in time they’ll be better at understanding your emotions than your partner.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Have you ever dreamt of gazing into the eyes of a chatbot or avatar while...

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Breakthrough helps Calcium Ion batteries move closer to reality

Breakthrough helps Calcium Ion batteries move closer to reality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lithium Ion batteries rely on the mass availability of several rare earth elements which are in increasingly short supply so we need alternatives.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Even as companies look for new ways to completely...

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World’s first 3D printed community unveiled in Mexico

World’s first 3D printed community unveiled in Mexico

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New construction technologies are helping companies build homes in new ways faster and cheaper than ever before.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Earlier this year and hot on the heels of a family moving into a 3D...

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AI gets busy helping human scientists create the world’s first spray on solar panels

AI gets busy helping human scientists create the world’s first spray on solar panels

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Trying to find the right formulations to create new materials is a long and arduous process, so scientists are turning to AI to help them speed the process up.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we see...

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Formula E’s new E-Sports “ghosting” app lets gamers race real drivers in real time

Formula E’s new E-Sports “ghosting” app lets gamers race real drivers in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As physical and digital worlds merge in the future we’ll see more people playing in real time against professional sports men and women in virtual worlds.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Last year I wrote about the...

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Google DeepMind’s AI helps researchers translate ancient languages

Google DeepMind’s AI helps researchers translate ancient languages

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While AI is being used to help translate modern day languages from one to another, it’s now getting to the point where we can see true universal translators emerging.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is...

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Featured Futurist: Stuff Magazine, The Virtual Sporting Life

Featured Futurist: Stuff Magazine, The Virtual Sporting Life

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of E-Sports will blow your mind and you’d be surprised at the things you can do from the comfort of your own living room.   Firstly, thank you to James and the team for inviting me to be Stuff magazine’s new  monthly columnist...

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Featured Futurist: Stuff Magazine, Spotify the Difference

Featured Futurist: Stuff Magazine, Spotify the Difference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of entertainment is going to be much weirder than you think, and in time the power to create blockbuster movies will be in your hands.   Firstly, thank you to James and the team for inviting me to be Stuff magazine’s new  monthly...

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Samsung’s new AI codec lets users stream 8K content over crappy networks

Samsung’s new AI codec lets users stream 8K content over crappy networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the resolution of content increases we need to find new ways to push it across crappy networks, and that’s where new codecs come in.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s official, we’ve entered the era of...

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Futurist Keynote, Brussels: Innovation Shouldn’t Cost The Earth, AccountancyAge

Futurist Keynote, Brussels: Innovation Shouldn’t Cost The Earth, AccountancyAge

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we can see technologies that will help us eliminate up to 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, so now it’s down to us to embrace change.   Firstly, a big thank you to the team at AccontancyAge for asking me to be this year’s...

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Universal translators edge closer after Google Assistant gets “Interpreter Mode”

Universal translators edge closer after Google Assistant gets “Interpreter Mode”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of society’s greatest challenges is the ability to simply talk with one another, but universal translators are getting closer to solving that issue.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) gets increasingly skilled in translating...

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NASA revives plans to build huge solar power plants in space

NASA revives plans to build huge solar power plants in space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Alot of the Sun’s energy is lost as the sun’s rays travel through the Earth’s atmosphere, so countries are now advancing plans to build solar power plants in orbit.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Fifty years ago...

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Google Stadia’s AI lets game developers instantly change the style of their games

Google Stadia’s AI lets game developers instantly change the style of their games

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now if a games developer wanted to change the look and style of a game they’d have to crack open its code, but now they can just apply a style in real time without having to.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download...

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