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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This robotic lab assistant is 1,000 times faster than humans

This robotic lab assistant is 1,000 times faster than humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you can conduct experiments thousands of times faster then you can make breakthroughs thousands of times faster – and that’s a game changer.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Artificial Intelligence...

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Scientists are killing your digital twins to save your life

Scientists are killing your digital twins to save your life

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By creating a digital clone of your body doctors can try out different therapies and treatments to get them right before they apply them to you.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Deepfakes could soon spread to affect satellite and GIS imagery researchers find

Deepfakes could soon spread to affect satellite and GIS imagery researchers find

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Earth imagery and mapping are important for all sorts of reasons, and there are real world implications if they’re manipulated.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Have you seen the latest deepfake...

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Researchers create a cyborg rat that can be controlled with human mind control

Researchers create a cyborg rat that can be controlled with human mind control

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are slowly unlocking the mysteries of the mind – and now we’re starting to explore the limits …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Everyone loves rats – even if they’re...

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The first battery powered cargo ship is coming to Tokyo

The first battery powered cargo ship is coming to Tokyo

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The global shipping industry burns highly polluting bunker fuel and is one of the world’s biggest polluters and they’ve been given until 2050 to become carbon neutral.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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French central bank successfully completes first test of their sovereign digital currency

French central bank successfully completes first test of their sovereign digital currency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF National fiat currencies will all one day be digital, and the move’s already starting …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. France’s central bank has announced it successfully completed a pilot transaction...

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A tiny self-erasing computer chip could improve your company’s security

A tiny self-erasing computer chip could improve your company’s security

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If it’s connected it’s vulnerable to attack, and in the future everything is connected so we need new security technologies …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. When I used to work...

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Major european banks get serious about building a Mastercard and Visa rival

Major european banks get serious about building a Mastercard and Visa rival

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today it seems we have America, China, and then “the others” – increasingly Europe wants to change that narrative …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The European Payments Initiative (EPI), a...

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New Transhumanist theory thinks Dyson Spheres could unlock human immortality

New Transhumanist theory thinks Dyson Spheres could unlock human immortality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Ironically there are many paths to immortality, but this one is the most far out there yet …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Step back twenty years ago and when you...

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This robot taught itself to walk in simulation then went for a stroll

This robot taught itself to walk in simulation then went for a stroll

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Coding robots to do things is so yesterday – training them in simulation is the future and it’s fast.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I showed off how training a...

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Futurist Podcast: DeepFakes and the Future of Synthetic Content, The Mentor Project

Futurist Podcast: DeepFakes and the Future of Synthetic Content, The Mentor Project

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepFakes are having an increasing impact on our society, but Synthetic Content is the real act we should all be watching …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thanks to Elyse...

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Futurist Keynote, Spain: The Sci-Fi Future Unleashed, Accenture

Futurist Keynote, Spain: The Sci-Fi Future Unleashed, Accenture

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The global rate of change is faster today than at any other point in human history, and that rate is accelerating. These are some of the consequences …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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Facebook backed cryptocurrency Diem to launch later this year

Facebook backed cryptocurrency Diem to launch later this year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Facebook’s Libra could have changed the global financial system overnight, but after regulators blocked it they’re now taking a different approach …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Facebook wanted to revolutionise...

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Overwatch starts using AI to identify the world’s best players

Overwatch starts using AI to identify the world’s best players

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is going from beating human gamers to coaching them to finding them … and this is just the beginning.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In the past couple of years...

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SpaceX plans first orbital Starship test from Texas to Hawaii

SpaceX plans first orbital Starship test from Texas to Hawaii

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the first SpaceX test to see whether flying people around the world at Mach 27 will be an achievable goal.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A year or so...

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China just performed the world’s first remote neuro-surgery over 5G

China just performed the world’s first remote neuro-surgery over 5G

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes experts are based in other cities, and if you need access to a surgeon that can be a problem – but 5G and remote surgery solves that problem.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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NASA experiments with self-healing robots made from ice for deep space exploration

NASA experiments with self-healing robots made from ice for deep space exploration

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are no spare parts in the deep universe to repair broken robots with, but there’s plenty of ice …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. “It was right around dawn on...

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Scientists demonstrate direct human brain to brain communication again

Scientists demonstrate direct human brain to brain communication again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You get information into your head all the time – now scientists are trying to use technology to achieve it telepathically.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently there’s been a lot...

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Slick Tom Cruise deepfake shows the tech is getting better

Slick Tom Cruise deepfake shows the tech is getting better

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Deepfakes are fun, but what happens when you can no longer believe or trust the content you see online? Nothing good …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In a crop of...

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Biofuels made using giant Pacific Kelp elevators could power a tenth of all US transport

Biofuels made using giant Pacific Kelp elevators could power a tenth of all US transport

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is alot of controversy about using land for biofuel production, but the sea on the other hand …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The world’s hunger for energy is increasing...

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Supercomputer beating chip the size of a dinner plate now has 2.6 Trillion transistors

Supercomputer beating chip the size of a dinner plate now has 2.6 Trillion transistors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This computer chip bucks the trend of producing smaller chips, and it’s been thrashing supercomputers.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In the world of computers chips are supposed to get smaller...

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Australian designer uses 3D printing and AI to create amazing butterfly inspired fashion line

Australian designer uses 3D printing and AI to create amazing butterfly inspired fashion line

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing is helping the fashion industry re-invent itself and fashion itself. Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. 3D printed clothes are starting to get fashionable, and hot on the heels of one...

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Japanese billionaire looks for eight people to join him on a trip around the Moon

Japanese billionaire looks for eight people to join him on a trip around the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Travelling around the Moon would be cool, so that’s why it matters …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa invited the public on Tuesday to apply for a...

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Amazingly Elon Musks massive Starship rocket is carbon neutral

Amazingly Elon Musks massive Starship rocket is carbon neutral

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Elon Musk “tries to save the planet” on one hand, on the other people criticise him for SpaceX’s rocket emissions but there’s a twist to the story.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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SpaceX’s SN15 Starship prototype finally sticks the landing

SpaceX’s SN15 Starship prototype finally sticks the landing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk’s Starship is the rocket he wants to use to take people to Mars, so this is a big deal.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. SpaceX launched a high-altitude Starship...

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Accidentally using science fiction to predict and build dystopian futures

Accidentally using science fiction to predict and build dystopian futures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most sci-fi books and movies paint a dystopian view of the future, and it’s all too easy for people to get caught up in the moments and accidentally create those futures.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Using science fiction as a means to predict and build utopian futures

Using science fiction as a means to predict and build utopian futures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sci-fi and the future are kindred cousins, and its no coincidence that one inspires the other.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the most influential products of the 21st century...

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To beat Deepfakes researchers built a smarter camera

To beat Deepfakes researchers built a smarter camera

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Deepfakes and synthetic media are here to stay and they’re getting better – better at spawning misinformation and undermining democracy.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the most difficult things...

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Worlds first oblique detention engine could unlock Mach 17 aircraft

Worlds first oblique detention engine could unlock Mach 17 aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future everything is fast, really really fast …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The future seems full of planes, trains, and even submarines, that can travel at supersonic or...

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Green Bitcoin alternative Chia causes global hard drive shortages

Green Bitcoin alternative Chia causes global hard drive shortages

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bitcoin’s energy consumption is huge, rivalling most nations, and its unsustainable so people are trying to create “green” alternatives.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that run on...

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Futurist Podcast: The Future of Work 2030, Automated Podcast

Futurist Podcast: The Future of Work 2030, Automated Podcast

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of work has always been a top of mind topic, but the recent pandemic has now popularised it even more.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thanks to Marc...

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NASA’s Perseverance rover makes oxygen on Mars in historic first

NASA’s Perseverance rover makes oxygen on Mars in historic first

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to produce oxygen on Mars opens the door to Mars based colonies and rocket re-fuelling stations.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. An increasing number of billionaires and multi-national organisations...

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IBM pushes the boundaries and unveils the world’s first 2nm computer chip

IBM pushes the boundaries and unveils the world’s first 2nm computer chip

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Moore’s Law is still grinding out gains, but they’re getting harder and more expensive to realise.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A year or so after Chinese researchers unveiled the world’s...

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DNA based cancer vaccine triggers immune attack on cancers in patients

DNA based cancer vaccine triggers immune attack on cancers in patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cancer is a stone cold killer, and we need sophisticated new tools in our arsenal to eradicate it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Have you had your vaccination yet? So far...

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Futurist Keynotes, Portugal: The Great Re-Invention and 5G The Next Generation, APDC

Futurist Keynotes, Portugal: The Great Re-Invention and 5G The Next Generation, APDC

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many things were changing even before the pandemic, and alot more’s going to change after …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, thanks to Isabel and the team at APDC for...

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Research finds energy and transports hidden global cost could be $25 Trillion

Research finds energy and transports hidden global cost could be $25 Trillion

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pollution and other factors have hidden consequences on everything from our health to the environment, and those consequences have costs.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The “hidden cost” of our largely...

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Educations tie to income inequality spans more than 100 years

Educations tie to income inequality spans more than 100 years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A quality education not only benefits subsequent family generations but it also boosts earnings potential and helps reduce inequality.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve been discussing the impact that education...

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BP announces plans to build the UK’s biggest hydrogen plant

BP announces plans to build the UK’s biggest hydrogen plant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hydrogen fuels are zero emissions and have ten times the energy density of Lithium Ion batteries making them a vital asset in the fight against climate change.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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BMW’s virtual factory uses AI and simulation to design better next gen factories

BMW’s virtual factory uses AI and simulation to design better next gen factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF BMW have been using a virtual simulation and AI to create the perfect optimised factory, for humans and robots, before they build the real thing.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. German...

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Bill Gates latest nuclear power plant burns nuclear waste and packs in grid scale storage

Bill Gates latest nuclear power plant burns nuclear waste and packs in grid scale storage

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unlike their traditional infamous cousins TWR nuclear reactors use nuclear waste as their fuel and are orders of magnitude safer.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, wave energy...

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Slowly but surely AI is helping eliminate the need for animal testing

Slowly but surely AI is helping eliminate the need for animal testing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Animal testing is controversial, on the one hand it helps get drugs to market and on the other kills and harms millions of animals, but AI be a solution.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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The UK’s first flying taxi SkyPorts will be built in Coventry

The UK’s first flying taxi SkyPorts will be built in Coventry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Urban traffic congestion is clogging and polluting cities so some companies are looking to the skies.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A year or so after Uber ran a competition to...

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Startups Cloud in a Box brings fresh water to the areas that need it most

Startups Cloud in a Box brings fresh water to the areas that need it most

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Water is ubiquitous, it’s everywhere, but extracting it and distributing it to the people who need it has often been difficult – until now. Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today over 75...

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Climate change startups begin sucking CO2 out of the air with giant rigs

Climate change startups begin sucking CO2 out of the air with giant rigs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The accelerating build up of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere risks creating a runaway greenhouse effect that will cook the earth, so startups are innovating solutions …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Hobbyist takes his drone hoverboard onto the streets in viral videos

Hobbyist takes his drone hoverboard onto the streets in viral videos

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The weight to lift ratio of drones is getting better exponentially, and this wouldn’t have been possible just two years ago.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Los Angeles based digital creator...

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