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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“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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The “Godfather” of Deep Learning unveils what’s next in AI

The “Godfather” of Deep Learning unveils what’s next in AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most AI Machine Vision models are still very heavy and cumbersome and need lots of training data, but newer lightweight Capsule models are leaner and faster.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. If you want to blame someone for...

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Autonomous delivery trucks and robot dogs to be couriers of the future

Autonomous delivery trucks and robot dogs to be couriers of the future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Irrespective of whether vehicles drive themselves delivery companies still have to solve the “last mile” problem, and this is one of their ideas.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. As we all order more and more stuff from Amazon...

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Toyota’s zero emission hydrogen trucks start hauling cargo in California

Toyota’s zero emission hydrogen trucks start hauling cargo in California

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hydrogen powered and Lithium Ion battery powered electric vehicles have been battling for dominance for years, and now fuel cell technology is starting to hit the roads for real.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. It’s been two...

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Baxter the robot fixes its mistakes by reading your mind

Baxter the robot fixes its mistakes by reading your mind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dealing with today’s technology can be cumbersome, which is why researchers think things would be better if it could simply read your mind.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Baxter is but a child, a robot child with...

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Satellite launch kick starts Elon Musk’s quest to connect everyone on Earth

Satellite launch kick starts Elon Musk’s quest to connect everyone on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over 3.5 billion people on the planet aren’t connected to the internet, for better or worse, and space internet is here to change that.   They’ve finally done it – for years I’ve been talking about how a raft of companies were planning on launching...

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Future musicians could be trained by AI

Future musicians could be trained by AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Advances in AI technology mean we have a variety of new ways to educate and train children, all of which could help them learn more, faster.   There’s a lot of technology emerging in the education sector that’s designed to help us learn faster and...

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Russia announces plans to temporarily disconnect itself from the global internet

Russia announces plans to temporarily disconnect itself from the global internet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People think of the internet as one, global network, but it’s being nationalised and splintering.   Many people think that the internet is one thing, one “amorphous system” that crosses borders, and is, in essence, the digital fabric that unites the world. But, as China...

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Colorful bio-engineered bacteria could end fashions obsession with toxic dyes

Colorful bio-engineered bacteria could end fashions obsession with toxic dyes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The dye in your jeans, and most of your clothes, comes from countries whose dead rivers run red and blue, but now there’s a way to put an end to it, for good.   Throughout the fall of 2012, Marie-Sarah Adenis and Thomas Landrain toiled...

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Scientists hunt for “Kryptonite to stop CRISPR,” the world’s most powerful gene editing tool

Scientists hunt for “Kryptonite to stop CRISPR,” the world’s most powerful gene editing tool

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In time the cost and ease of modifying any living organisms genome and genetic makeup, for better and worse, will fall to almost zero, and as gene editing tools become democratised and sought after by Bio-Terrorists, researchers are trying to find the technology’s Kryptonite –...

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Samsung AI tech turns your Facebook profile photos into 3D DeepFakes

Samsung AI tech turns your Facebook profile photos into 3D DeepFakes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You don’t have to be a celebrity any longer to be turned into a DeepFake, now noone’s safe.   Recently China unveiled the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) news anchor, and Soul Machines showed off their latest and greatest “Digital Human” avatars, one of which...

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Japanese researchers unveil their stunning “full body DeepFakes”

Japanese researchers unveil their stunning “full body DeepFakes”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pandora’s Box has been opened, and very soon you won’t be able to tell what content was created by a human, and what was created by a machine.   I’ve been talking about the rise of realistic, people fooling synthetic content that’s created by machines...

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“Green” concrete could help cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent

“Green” concrete could help cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Concrete is a huge contributor to global green house gas emissions, so finding new ways to curb those emissions helps in the bigger battle against climate change.   In an age where we can 3D print houses and entire communities using a range of different...

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An entire South American community will be 3D printed in just 24 hours

An entire South American community will be 3D printed in just 24 hours

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Houses used to be expensive and time consuming to build, those days are fast disappearing.   Following on swiftly from the developments in France, where a family became the first in the world to move into their own 3D printed home, and in Dubai who...

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Blockchain startups are trying to break big tech’s hold on AI

Blockchain startups are trying to break big tech’s hold on AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies with better brand recognition, and deeper pockets, are cornering the market for AI talent, but now companies want break that hold, and they have a way to do it.   Despite how easy the combination is to mock, the idea of applying the Blockchain...

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Ownerless companies on the rise as startups experiment with new business models

Ownerless companies on the rise as startups experiment with new business models

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchain will let us build new types of companies in new ways, including ownerless companies where funds and profits are divided automatically between individuals.   Slowly, very slowly, we’re seeing the emergence of the world’s first fully autonomous companies, from small hedge funds in Hong...

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Jeff Bezos lays out his vision to take millions of people to the stars and beyond

Jeff Bezos lays out his vision to take millions of people to the stars and beyond

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the world gets more crowded billionaires are lining up to make humans an inter-stellar species, with interesting results.   The plan of Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, to transport humans from Earth to the Moon and house millions of us in space colonies...

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Government can’t do it alone any more, says Apple’s CEO

Government can’t do it alone any more, says Apple’s CEO

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As individuals and organisations start becoming more powerful than many governments, people are wondering if private companies can solve humanity’s problems faster.   As I travel around the world, from America to Africa, Europe to the Middle East, and Japan to Singapore, talking to people...

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Colour night vision breakthrough turns the darkest midnight into day

Colour night vision breakthrough turns the darkest midnight into day

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to see in colour, even during the darkest nights, is a game changer that will have ramifications for multiple industries.   When we think of night vision our minds automatically turn to grainy black and green images. But today things have begun to...

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“Unblinking Eye” pre-crime tech gets investment boost from UK government

“Unblinking Eye” pre-crime tech gets investment boost from UK government

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the pace of terrorism accelerates agencies around the world are trying to find the needles in the data haystack that can help them predict attacks before they happen.   In the movie Fast and the Furious 7 movie a secretive US government agency created...

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Deepfake President Trump looses itself in Eminem’s raps

Deepfake President Trump looses itself in Eminem’s raps

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In a couple of years time you won’t be able to tell what’s fake from what’s real.   We all love DeepFakes – unless that is you’re a celebrity, a news corporation, or a fan of democracy. But all that asides if you look past...

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Food breakthrough lets researchers grow fish meat on demand

Food breakthrough lets researchers grow fish meat on demand

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the Earth’s population and its appetite for protein grows this latest breakthrough will help alleviate famine and hunger.   We are on the cusp of a food production revolution, one that could eradicate global famine and let us make food, of all types, from...

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Game changing “Unhackable” MORPHEUS computer chip re-configures itself every 50 milliseconds

Game changing “Unhackable” MORPHEUS computer chip re-configures itself every 50 milliseconds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to create an unhackable computer sounds like science fiction, but that doesn’t stop researchers from giving it a go.   “Unhackable” is a strong word. And so far many of the technologies that people have described as being unhackable, even awesome science fiction...

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Just as 5G starts rolling out 6G is in the already in the works

Just as 5G starts rolling out 6G is in the already in the works

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The march of technology never stops, and as users celebrate Gigabit mobile speeds Terabit mobile speeds are already on the drawing board.   While countries around the world are just beginning to roll out their first 5G networks that operate at Gigabbit speeds, technologists at...

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Scientists have created a decoder to turn brain activity into speech

Scientists have created a decoder to turn brain activity into speech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For a wide range of reasons many people have speaking disabilities, but now a Brain to Speech breakthrough gives them their voices back.   Scientists have announced a breakthrough in Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology that has, for the first time, let them translate electrical...

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Amazon’s AI reportedly tracks, monitors and automatically fires hundreds of employees

Amazon’s AI reportedly tracks, monitors and automatically fires hundreds of employees

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we entrust machines with more decision making powers it brings both pros and cons, and being fired by an AI is definitely a con.   There’s been a lot of news coverage about how Artificial Intelligence (AI), robots and Robotic Process Automation (RPA), will,...

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China announces plans to build a Moonbase in the next decade

China announces plans to build a Moonbase in the next decade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space exploration and building colonies on Mars and the Moon are in vogue as countries and billionaires vie to out do one another.   Just like the European Space Agency, Jeff Bezos, who wants to also move heavy industry off Earth, and NASA, China has...

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Scientists are teaching robots to share code and evolve just like animals

Scientists are teaching robots to share code and evolve just like animals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We all too often think of machines, and robots, as static things, but new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, manufacturing, and materials are giving them the power to evolve.   Bacteria do it, viruses do it. Worms, mammals, even bees do it. So our parents tell...

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AI and automation: The benefits for business and industry

AI and automation: The benefits for business and industry

On 4 August 1997, Skynet, a US military developed program, became self-aware and began to think for itself. Operators tried to deactivate the computer system but the now ‘intelligent’ system perceived this as a threat and in order to protect its mandate of ‘safeguarding the world’ Skynet launched a nuclear...

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China’s AI anti-corruption program is getting shut down for being too good

China’s AI anti-corruption program is getting shut down for being too good

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Corruption is endemic, and now China’s AI powered anti-corruption program is getting shut down in a record number of provinces because it’s allegedly too efficient.   What would you do if you had a machine that could catch a thief, or a corrupt politician? Well,...

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First of a kind material lets solar panels generate electricity from snow

First of a kind material lets solar panels generate electricity from snow

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our knowledge of materials and how they behave improves we can generate electricity from almost anything.   Scientists have announced that they’ve developed a first of its kind material that generates electricity from nothing other than, wait for it… snow. Based upon the principles...

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Perfect fit one size fits all clothing is here, thanks to robots and smart materials

Perfect fit one size fits all clothing is here, thanks to robots and smart materials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Inventory is one of retailers biggest cash sinks, but now a new technology combo means retailers can buy one size from the manufacturer and custom fit it to every body shape in house.   You’re shopping for a sweater, and you spot one you love,...

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Codex of the Future 2020 to 2070

Codex of the Future 2020 to 2070

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The emergence of hundreds of powerful exponential technologies is accelerating the rate of global cultural, industrial, and societal change, this first of a kind Codex is your guide to understanding, simplifying, and navigating it all.   eXplore the Codex ONLINE or DOWNLOAD it   THIS...

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This is the first ever photo of a black hole

This is the first ever photo of a black hole

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now it’s been thought it’d be impossible to take a photo of a black hole, but where there’s a will there’s a way.   Recently scientists managed to find a way to read information from the very heart of a black hole, but...

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Electrical brain stimulation rejuvenates memory by 50 years

Electrical brain stimulation rejuvenates memory by 50 years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we age our memory capacity degrades, but his latest breakthrough turns the clock back over 50 years.   Over the past couple of years I’ve been closely watching the field of Neuro-Training – an emerging technique that helps people with brain training, memory retention,...

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Amazing ray tracing mod pack makes Minecraft look stunning

Amazing ray tracing mod pack makes Minecraft look stunning

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI tools become better it’s getting easier for us to turn even the simplest graphical designs into stunning hi def visions.   If you were to make a list of all the graphically intense, amazing looking games in the world, Minecraft wouldn’t be on...

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