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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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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Scientists develop the world’s first infinitely recyclable plastic

Scientists develop the world’s first infinitely recyclable plastic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s plastics can’t be recycled forever because of the way they’re made and the way recycling systems today work, but a new breakthrough solves both these issues.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recycling sounds great in principle,...

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Artificial human wombs get closer after Dutch university scoops grant

Artificial human wombs get closer after Dutch university scoops grant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the short term this technology will help save premature babies lives, and in the long term it could hasten the end of mom and dad, and accelerate the development of the first truly synthetic humans.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book,...

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World first as Google achieves Quantum Supremacy, but IBM tries to spoil the party

World first as Google achieves Quantum Supremacy, but IBM tries to spoil the party

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Until today the world’s most powerful computer was Summit, a US supercomputer, now all that’s changed and a new era of computing has begun.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Almost exactly two years after Google said it...

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China unveils new neuromorphic chip as it aims for AI dominance

China unveils new neuromorphic chip as it aims for AI dominance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of AI rests on two development tracks, the development of new software and new hardware, and both are powering ahead.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Back in the 90’s, if you remember those, seeing someone...

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Futurist Keynote, UK: Education in the Exponential Era, GEMS

Futurist Keynote, UK: Education in the Exponential Era, GEMS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone agrees that today’s industrial education strategies are not fit for purpose and will ultimately leave us with a huge skills gap in the future.   Firstly, I would like to thank the team at GEMS, the world’s largest private school company, with over 150,000...

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China’s central bank is close to launching its own cryptocurrency

China’s central bank is close to launching its own cryptocurrency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the use of cash falls to record lows around the world central banks issuing their own digital currencies looks more like a matter of when not if.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Officials from the People’s...

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DARPA wants to genetically engineer soldiers to protect them from biological and chemical weapons

DARPA wants to genetically engineer soldiers to protect them from biological and chemical weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our understanding of how to manipulate the genetic code improves we’re slowing unlocking a whole new world of possible use cases.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The US Pentagon’s bleeding edge research arm DARPA, whose crazy...

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Scientists use CRISPR to alter the genomes of fruit flies so they can eat poison

Scientists use CRISPR to alter the genomes of fruit flies so they can eat poison

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As your understanding of genetics improves we have now reached the point at which we can cause mass extinctions, and change the ecology of the planet in one stroke.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Nature is a...

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Futurist Keynote, Romania: Live an Exponential Life, ICEEFest

Futurist Keynote, Romania: Live an Exponential Life, ICEEFest

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the rate of technology development accelerates to unprecedented levels it’s increasingly difficult for people to see what’s coming and get their heads around it all.   Firstly, it was an honour to be invited to be the keynote at this year’s ICEFest in Romania...

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Futurist on TV: The Gadget Show, Channel 5

Futurist on TV: The Gadget Show, Channel 5

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world of technology is moving fast, but most people experience this rate of change first through interaction with their devices and gadgets, so I lift the lid on what’s coming.   Firstly, I’d like to thank Curtis, James and the crew for inviting me...

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Futurist Keynote, London: Future of Superyacht Design, Superyacht News

Futurist Keynote, London: Future of Superyacht Design, Superyacht News

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies are disrupting every sector, and the superyacht industry is no exception, but today’s disruptions give the incumbents a new opportunity to demonstrate thought leadership and change the industry’s narrative.   Firstly, it was a pleasure and an honour to be invited, for the...

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Futurist Keynote, France: The Future of Sport, Decathlon

Futurist Keynote, France: The Future of Sport, Decathlon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sport is amazingly powerful, it transcends national politics, and its benefits on our mental and physical well being are well documented, so let’s take a look at what the future holds.   It was with great delight that I was asked to be the keynote...

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Watch the world’s largest 3D printer print a 25 foot boat

Watch the world’s largest 3D printer print a 25 foot boat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing improves sustainability, lets us print products on demand and eliminate global supply chains, and revolutionises manufacturing. Now it’s scaling.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Boeing said many years ago that one day they’d like to...

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General Motors starts is using AI to design its future cars

General Motors starts is using AI to design its future cars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New Creative Machines can design and innovate new products thousands times faster than humans, and the products they create use less material and are often more sustainable.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. So called creative machines, machines...

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UK startup’s new method drastically reduces the cost of clean meat

UK startup’s new method drastically reduces the cost of clean meat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Clean meat, real meat that is produced in the same way animals produce meat but outside the animal, will revolutionise food production – if the costs are right.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s thought that lab...

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An AI just discovered and then painted a hidden Picasso painting

An AI just discovered and then painted a hidden Picasso painting

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not only can neural networks detect patterns, and copy the old masters, but now they can reveal hidden paintings too.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been more in the habit of detecting...

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Airbus and Audi join forces and unveil their flying taxi concept

Airbus and Audi join forces and unveil their flying taxi concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It seems noone wants to be left out of the flying Robo-Taxi race, so now Audi are teaming up with Airbus to develop their own concept.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Flying Robo-Taxis, which rather than the...

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Magnetic human skin breakthrough could lead to new types of wearables

Magnetic human skin breakthrough could lead to new types of wearables

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is getting closer to the human body but we’re still culturally not ready to “merge” with it yet, so artificial skins could be an interesting middle ground until that happens.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently...

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A new artificial human skin gives people spiderman like superpowers

A new artificial human skin gives people spiderman like superpowers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As sensors and flexible electronics start to combine it opens up new amazing possibilities.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Toronto have developed artificial skin that gives its wearer, whether they’re robots...

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Volocopter completes its first flying taxi flight in Europe

Volocopter completes its first flying taxi flight in Europe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As multiple technologies develop and converge the future of transport is increasingly looking skywards.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The team at Volocopter, who in 2017 flew their flying taxi around the skyscrapers of Dubai, has ticked...

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World’s most advanced nanotube computer keeps Moore’s Law alive, for now

World’s most advanced nanotube computer keeps Moore’s Law alive, for now

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As transistors reach their physical limits we need to develop fundamentally new computing architectures, and this is just one example of the future of computing.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The world of computing is, frankly, getting...

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USAF announces development of a new Mach 5 hypersonic missile

USAF announces development of a new Mach 5 hypersonic missile

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The new global arms race involves weaponising AI and robots, lasers, telepathy, and hypersonic weapons.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The future of warfare could, or will, be filled with autonomous hunter killer drones, flying aircraft carriers,...

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Lights, camera, artificial action as AI takes on the special effects industry

Lights, camera, artificial action as AI takes on the special effects industry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Decades after CGI appeared rotoscoping is still one of the most laborious special effects tasks, but AI’s now tackling the problem.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being used to create more and more...

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Gallium “heartbeat” discovery gives re-configurable electronics a boost

Gallium “heartbeat” discovery gives re-configurable electronics a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s electronics are static, but tomorrow’s electronics will be able to re-configure themselves automatically as needed.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A drop of liquid gallium will oscillate like a beating heart when placed inside a ring-shaped...

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IBM announced their most powerful quantum computer yet

IBM announced their most powerful quantum computer yet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are getting closer to being commercialised, and this moves us one big step closer.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A month after Google did, and oddly did not, reveal that its own quantum computer...

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Cellular recorders help treat cancer by capturing the story of cells

Cellular recorders help treat cancer by capturing the story of cells

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A lot happens in our cells and when things go wrong and turn cancerous we have no way to know what happened, but cellular recorders will now give us a perfect history.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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