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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China adds the finishing touches to the world’s first Thorium Reactor

China adds the finishing touches to the world’s first Thorium Reactor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Thorium Reactors are by far the safest kind of nuclear reactor – but developing them has been incredibly hard. 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. India has been pursuing them...

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California proposes $750 Million water recycling scheme to end its historic drought

California proposes $750 Million water recycling scheme to end its historic drought

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many countries around the world are suffering from record breaking droughts, but most don’t recycle any of their water, which could help alleviate some of the problems …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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Scientists use ultrasound to read the minds of monkeys

Scientists use ultrasound to read the minds of monkeys

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the first time scientists have used ultrasound to read the minds of primates.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. First, a quick recap … In time all technologies, including sensors,...

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Heatherwick’s autonomous EV concept also cleans up polluted city air

Heatherwick’s autonomous EV concept also cleans up polluted city air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Turning our cars into a giant network of air purifiers might help move the dial on urban pollution …   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 Elon Musk launched a $100 Million...

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Facebook develops a way to reverse engineer DeepFakes and identify their source

Facebook develops a way to reverse engineer DeepFakes and identify their source

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Disinformation and misinformation is its own growing pandemic, and Facebook’s latest innovation can identify who’s creating 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. Deepfakes aren’t a big problem on Facebook right now,...

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Futurist Keynote, UK: The Future of Health and Wellness, Willis Towers Watson

Futurist Keynote, UK: The Future of Health and Wellness, Willis Towers Watson

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By the year 2028 new medical breakthroughs could start extending our lives by over a year for every year lived …   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 Mark and...

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Gravity energy storage finds a new way to solve renewable energy’s achilles heel

Gravity energy storage finds a new way to solve renewable energy’s achilles heel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today solar panels only generate electricity when there’s sunlight, wind farms when there’s wind, so energy needs to be stored so it can be released later. Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Renewable...

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MIT and Harvard scientists develop a face mask that detects COVID-19 in the air

MIT and Harvard scientists develop a face mask that detects COVID-19 in the air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Were you exposed to the COVID-19 virus when you were out and about? Now you can find out …   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 little while ago I wrote about...

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Scientists have created a swarm of injectable brain reading nanosensors

Scientists have created a swarm of injectable brain reading nanosensors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you think the only way we can connect your mind to a computer is via a chip or a skull cap think again.   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 mission...

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Cosm just unveiled DomeX the future of giant immersive screen experiences

Cosm just unveiled DomeX the future of giant immersive screen experiences

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There’s alot of talk about the future of entertainment being AR, MR, and VR, but other immersive experiences exist too. And they just got a massive upgrade.   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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Jeff Bezos becomes the first billionaire to travel to actual space

Jeff Bezos becomes the first billionaire to travel to actual space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Accessing space is getting cheaper, and entrepreneurs are starting to build the future space tourism industry.   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 of the space tourism industry is beginning to...

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CRISPR gene editing tool shown to stop Coronavirus replication in human cells

CRISPR gene editing tool shown to stop Coronavirus replication in human cells

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By future standards today’s medicines and treatments are old fashioned, and we have an increasing array of powerful new tools at our disposal.   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 little while...

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Speedo’s insane 3D printed whale inspired Aquaman swimsuit has its own onboard AI

Speedo’s insane 3D printed whale inspired Aquaman swimsuit has its own onboard AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All the technologies in this concept swimsuit are here already – that’s the real crazy part.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Just before the 2021 Olympic swimming trials Speedo unveiled an...

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Researchers break the speed limit to bring 5G to the Internet of Things

Researchers break the speed limit to bring 5G to the Internet of Things

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future will contain lots of smart things and smart sensors – and they’ll all want to talk to one another.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers in the US have...

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Designer Bonikowski’s electric jet concept uses air friction to generate its energy

Designer Bonikowski’s electric jet concept uses air friction to generate its energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we see breakthroughs in materials and control systems this concept might just be possible …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. So far we’ve seen all kinds of new aircraft propulsion...

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Halo launches the first 5G tele-operated driverless car service in Las Vegas

Halo launches the first 5G tele-operated driverless car service in Las Vegas

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Even the best self-driving cars are only a Category 2, out of 5, so if you want a truly driverless car then this is as close as you’ll get for now.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Invidia’s Canvas puts a professional AI artist in the palm of your hand

Invidia’s Canvas puts a professional AI artist in the palm of your hand

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is helping democratise skills – and in this case it’s helping crappy artists become masters.   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 (AI) has been filling in the gaps for...

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Iceland’s five year long four day working week experiment is a blinding success

Iceland’s five year long four day working week experiment is a blinding success

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People who work five day weeks are actually less productive than people who work four day weeks …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Testing new ways of working seems to be...

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Bitcoin wallets could be hacked by quantum computers by 2025 but there’s hope

Bitcoin wallets could be hacked by quantum computers by 2025 but there’s hope

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers will soon be so powerful they could crack 70% of the world’s encryption systems, so researchers are racing to find a solution.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. This year...

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The Pentagon wants to test a space based particle beam weapon by 2023

The Pentagon wants to test a space based particle beam weapon by 2023

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology has advanced so much nowadays that space based particle beams could soon be an actual reality …   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 US Department of Defense wants to test...

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Forget flying taxis this company is building a 40 seater flying bus

Forget flying taxis this company is building a 40 seater flying bus

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flying sky taxis that can take upto four passengers are great, but they’re not going to solve our cities congestion problems alone.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Braeden Kelekona is wedged...

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SpaceX say they’ll be able to provide internet anywhere on Earth by September

SpaceX say they’ll be able to provide internet anywhere on Earth by September

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF SpaceX’s ambitious Starlink communications project is smashing all expectations and every record, and it shows no signs of slowing down.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Starlink, the satellite internet unit of...

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Researchers innovative nanomaterial opens the door for bulletproof shirts

Researchers innovative nanomaterial opens the door for bulletproof shirts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our ability to engineer materials at the nano level improves we can create new materials with amazing properties.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If you’ve ever fancied a bullet proof...

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Sir Richard Branson becomes the first billionaire to almost reach space

Sir Richard Branson becomes the first billionaire to almost reach space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN SPACE New space planes are helping reduce the cost of accessing space and opening the door to space tourism.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. After years of preparation, three years late, and...

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To create self-aware robots researchers gave Pepper the robot an inner voice

To create self-aware robots researchers gave Pepper the robot an inner voice

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We need AI’s and robots to be able to explain their behaviours and actions and this is the first step…   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. “Hey Siri, can you find me...

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Oros’ latest clothing line uses aerogel to protect you from -321F cold

Oros’ latest clothing line uses aerogel to protect you from -321F cold

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New materials are the key to unlocking many of tomorrow’s futuristic products and technologies and this isa just one example …   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...

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Rocket delivery anywhere in an hour gets included in latest US military budget

Rocket delivery anywhere in an hour gets included in latest US military budget

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes you need to get cargo from A to B very fast and as far as the US military are concerned rockets are the answer.   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...

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Scientists connect the human brain to a computer wirelessly for the first time

Scientists connect the human brain to a computer wirelessly for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Brain Machine Interfaces improve you’re not going to need to be tethered to a computer.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI) have come a long way in...

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The future of power is transcontinental supergrids that connect the world’s energy supplies

The future of power is transcontinental supergrids that connect the world’s energy supplies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today if you generate electricity in one part of the world you can’t transport it to any other place in the world – supergrids are a paradigm shift.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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Samsung’s super fast 6G prototype transmits data at 6.2Gbps in first test

Samsung’s super fast 6G prototype transmits data at 6.2Gbps in first test

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In a decade people will be starting to install the first 6G gear – and the future comms revolution it starts here …   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 may feel...

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YouTubers use the world’s most insulating material to touch lava

YouTubers use the world’s most insulating material to touch lava

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aerogels are amazing materials – they’re ultra strong, ultra light, and ultra insulating making them perfect for many applications.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We know what would happen if you...

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Bacteria manage to recycle plastic into vanilla flavouring in weird world first

Bacteria manage to recycle plastic into vanilla flavouring in weird world first

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you think plastics can only be recycled to make new plastics you’d be wrong.   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 see many weird things – such as molecular assemblers and...

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The world’s first satellite that can be re-programmed in orbit heads to final assembly

The world’s first satellite that can be re-programmed in orbit heads to final assembly

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Once a satellite is launched it normally does one thing and one thing alone and can never be altered or reprogrammed – now they can.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. So...

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Self-improving material could rapidly accelerate the development of green fuels

Self-improving material could rapidly accelerate the development of green fuels

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the world weans itself off fossil fuels the new fuels we use need to be much greener to produce.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Three years ago, scientists at the...

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United bets on a supersonic future with $3 Billion Boom order

United bets on a supersonic future with $3 Billion Boom order

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Supersonic travel is coming back after companies found ways to make it commercially viable after the death of Concorde …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. United Airlines is jumping into the potential...

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Futurist Virtual Keynote: The Future of Events and Event Tech, Eventcombo

Futurist Virtual Keynote: The Future of Events and Event Tech, Eventcombo

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The global pandemic crushed the global events industry in record time, but a new phoenix is rising from the ashes …   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 Manish at...

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Futurist Keynote Series: The Future of AI, Comms, DeepFakes, and Space!

Futurist Keynote Series: The Future of AI, Comms, DeepFakes, and Space!

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of every industry is changing, and that in turn changes global culture, society, and how we live – in this series we look at the future of everything, from AI to Space!   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof...

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Futurist Virtual Keynote, Europe: The Future of Cyber IN-Security, ME

Futurist Virtual Keynote, Europe: The Future of Cyber IN-Security, ME

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cyber security is about to become a much bigger headache for everyone and we need to be better prepared for what’s coming.   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 Delaine...

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Futurist Virtual Keynote, MENA: The Future CFO, CWI

Futurist Virtual Keynote, MENA: The Future CFO, CWI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future CFO will need to be more tech savvy and help co-create the future of the businesses they support.   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 Sarmad the CEO...

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This new chemical programming language could revolutionise digital chemistry

This new chemical programming language could revolutionise digital chemistry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By converting chemistry into a chemical programming language it opens up a huge range of new possibilities.   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 June, the US government purchased the vast majority of world’s...

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has kept the same message to Wall Street for 22 years

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has kept the same message to Wall Street for 22 years

WHY THIS MATTER IN BRIEF In a time when most companies focus on the short term at the expense of the long term Bezos’ focus on the future shows what you can accomplish if you shun the status quo.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof...

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Smelling is believing as odour vision comes to VR headsets

Smelling is believing as odour vision comes to VR headsets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most VR headsets and systems appeal to just two of our senses – sight and sound – but increasingly startups are trying to expand their range.   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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A new mini 3D bio-printed Pancreas could spell the end of diabetes

A new mini 3D bio-printed Pancreas could spell the end of diabetes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Diabetes is quickly becoming one of the world’s top afflictions, and 3D printing could offer an on demand solution to end it forever.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past...

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Futuristic 300 meter nuclear powered superyacht recruits billionaires to save the world

Futuristic 300 meter nuclear powered superyacht recruits billionaires to save the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers are always short of funding and this is a very innovative way to get high net worth individuals involved and ponying up more cash for good causes.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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Digital humans that sign make more content accessible to the deaf community

Digital humans that sign make more content accessible to the deaf community

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Accessibility is a cornerstone of our society but for many people it’s still a challenge.   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 what seems to be a world first New Zealand tech...

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