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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Wireless Brain to Brain telepathy gets another DARPA funding boost to go next level

Wireless Brain to Brain telepathy gets another DARPA funding boost to go next level

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We already have the technology to communicate with people and machines telepathically, but it’s basic and slow, now money’s coming in to improve 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. Over the...

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Scientists created a mini Aladdins Flying Carpet using nothing but light

Scientists created a mini Aladdins Flying Carpet using nothing but light

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Human ingenuity knows no bounds and the world’s mini “flying carpet” is proof of that.   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 year we’ve seen dramatic improvements in the development...

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Humans suck at saving the planet so AI is coming to the rescue

Humans suck at saving the planet so AI is coming to the rescue

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The United Nations has 17 Sustainable Development Goals, global problems that need global solutions, but so far progress has been slow so a new approach is needed.   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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Scientists are building the Earth’s digital twin to help solve global problems

Scientists are building the Earth’s digital twin to help solve global problems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Once you digitise a physical object you can analyse it, model, and simulate scenarios at exponential speeds to discover more and design better solutions.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Celebrities have...

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Researchers used a worm brained AI with just 19 neurons to control a self-driving car

Researchers used a worm brained AI with just 19 neurons to control a self-driving car

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s neural networks are getting enormous and complex, this is the smallest ever example of a neural network that managed to control a self-driving vehicle.   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...

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Tail light packing helmet is powered by nothing more than ambient light

Tail light packing helmet is powered by nothing more than ambient light

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now being able to generate enough electricity from very low levels of ambient light has been difficult and almost impossible, this material could eliminate the need for batteries in products.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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In a world first an AI just made it’s own synthetic human genome

In a world first an AI just made it’s own synthetic human genome

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What happens when AI can design its own humans? And then breed them ex vivo? The future is weirder than you could ever imagine …   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...

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Floating island with homes costing over $1 Billion starts selling out

Floating island with homes costing over $1 Billion starts selling out

WHY THIS MATTERS INN BRIEF Buying into floating islands is becoming increasingly popular as sea levels rise and as the pandemic continues to bite.   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 climate’s changing, the sea levels are...

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Hyundai’s walking flying autonomous car might be the future of disaster relief

Hyundai’s walking flying autonomous car might be the future of disaster relief

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We’re reinventing the car, and adding legs gives it a whole new dimension …   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 we think about the future of transport it looks like everything...

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New AI algorithm makes the world’s most powerful microscopes even more powerful

New AI algorithm makes the world’s most powerful microscopes even more powerful

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence is helping scientists see the universes smallest objects in even greater detail, and that will lead to a whole new world of breakthroughs.   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’ve...

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India drafts legislation to ban private cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and develop a national coin

India drafts legislation to ban private cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and develop a national coin

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cryptocurrencies and especially Bitcoin seem to freak most governments out because they reduces the state’s control of money, India could be setting a new global precedent.   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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Researchers discovered a way to extract energy from black holes

Researchers discovered a way to extract energy from black holes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Energy is everywhere, even in a Black Hole, but as with all energy systems the challenge is finding a way to get access to 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. Today...

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New materials you’ve never heard are cleaning up air conditioning

New materials you’ve never heard are cleaning up air conditioning

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Around 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from heating and air conditioning systems, these new materials take a huge chunk out of that figure.   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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Google’s Chrome update uses AI to change privacy and the rules of the web

Google’s Chrome update uses AI to change privacy and the rules of the web

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When it comes to our online and offline activites privacy is at the top of most people’s minds, and now Google are embedding Federated AI to try to redress the balance.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Virtual reality treatment helps hospital patients overcome chronic pain

Virtual reality treatment helps hospital patients overcome chronic pain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual Reality is increasingly being eyed as a very useful therapeutic treatment and tool, and it’s showing great promise.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Virtual Reality (VR) is an amazing technology,...

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Samsung guns for 6G leadership by unveiling its future vision

Samsung guns for 6G leadership by unveiling its future vision

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 6G is about 8 to 10 years away, but companies are already positioning themselves to be the leaders in the space.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. 5G is has just started...

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Schwarzenegger and Stallone become DeepFake besties in new rip off

Schwarzenegger and Stallone become DeepFake besties in new rip off

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepFakes will soon be easy and free to create, life-like, and while they’re fun they’ll also help undermine global trust.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Back in 2015 DeepFakes weren’t even...

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6G demonstrated in the labs as researchers stream uncompressed 8k video

6G demonstrated in the labs as researchers stream uncompressed 8k video

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 5G is only just out of the gates but countries are already laying the groundwork for 6G.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. 5G is only just out of the gates but...

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Samsung have been hiding their latest holographic TV’s in a dark lab

Samsung have been hiding their latest holographic TV’s in a dark lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Life sized holographic displays will be supercharged by 6G technology, and Samsung’s pushing hard to get the tech ready for launch in 2028.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Samsung wants to...

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This is what travelling in a Mach 1 Hyperloop might look like

This is what travelling in a Mach 1 Hyperloop might look like

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most trains and transport systems are stuck in the 1800’s and 1900’s still, Hyperloop is a transportation system built for the demands of the 21st Century.   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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Quantum computers get busy helping BMW optimise its global supply chain

Quantum computers get busy helping BMW optimise its global supply chain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Ultra-powerful quantum computers are perfectly designed to help solve optimisation problems, and most global supply chains are highly inefficient.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Back in 2019 Volkswagen became one of...

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The world’s first active duty military AI co-pilot just got its next mission

The world’s first active duty military AI co-pilot just got its next mission

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF First AI helped control aircraft avionics, then it took on missions, and it won’t be soon before it replaces military pilots altogether.   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 Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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Promising single shot nano-vaccine could immunise everyone against all Coronaviruses

Promising single shot nano-vaccine could immunise everyone against all Coronaviruses

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we have multiple vaccines for multiple diseases, but what if one vaccine could protect you against everything?   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 SARS-CoV-2 virus behind the current COVID-19 pandemic...

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This innovative AI algorithm finds a way to burst internet echo chambers

This innovative AI algorithm finds a way to burst internet echo chambers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Social media algorithms are made to show you more of what you’ve seen before so it’s easy to get stuck in an internet echo chamber and radicalised. This algorithm breaks those chambers.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with...

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Digital human Douglas is awesome, unsettling, and possibly brilliant

Digital human Douglas is awesome, unsettling, and possibly brilliant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s Digital Humans are often like yesterday’s satnavs – canned technology with some basic smarts, but DigiDoug and his AI operating system could help create the first “true” autonomous digital humans.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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Futurist Virtual Fireside Chat, UK: The Road to Recovery, KPMG

Futurist Virtual Fireside Chat, UK: The Road to Recovery, KPMG

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is changing faster than ever, so we go and take a look in the wormhole …   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, thank you to James Stewart, KPMG’s Vice...

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This AI created its own lesson plans to learn faster then smashed other AI’s out the park

This AI created its own lesson plans to learn faster then smashed other AI’s out the park

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone learns in the same way, but optimising lesson plans for students as well as AI’s, would help all of us learn new skills faster.   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...

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Blockchain would finally let gaming characters cross between franchises

Blockchain would finally let gaming characters cross between franchises

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today none of your games characters, or any characters for that matter, can seamlessly jump from one game universe or franchise to another, but blockchain could make that happen.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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Race to contain COVID-19 sees researchers use AI to predict future deadly mutations

Race to contain COVID-19 sees researchers use AI to predict future deadly mutations

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The global pandemic has caused unimaginable havoc but as Sars-Cov-2 mutates there are fears vaccines won’t be effective so researchers are trying to stay two steps ahead of the virus to prevent that from happening.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future...

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Researchers create first of a kind quantum sensor that scans the entire RF spectrum

Researchers create first of a kind quantum sensor that scans the entire RF spectrum

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The RF spectrum is huge, and it’s increasingly important in warfare and communications, now we have a single sensor that can scan it all and when combined with AI optimise it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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China unveils the worlds fastest maglev train capable of 385mph

China unveils the worlds fastest maglev train capable of 385mph

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Trains are getting faster, and by the end of the decade they may be capable of Mach 3 speeds.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. China is a big country so naturally today...

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First of a kind prototoype Russian TV ditches the plug to go fully wireless

First of a kind prototoype Russian TV ditches the plug to go fully wireless

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cables of all kinds are a hassle, and this is the world’s first TV that powers itself wirelessly.   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 lot has been happening in the world...

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AI finally masters the art of automating expensive movie colour grading

AI finally masters the art of automating expensive movie colour grading

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way movies are made is changing significantly, and more of the movie making process is being automated by AI and synthetic content.   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 recent years...

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In bizarre twist AI gets a job coaching call center staff compassion and empathy

In bizarre twist AI gets a job coaching call center staff compassion and empathy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI might not have compassion or empathy, but it can still coach people to improve theirs.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Most computers and Artificial Intelligence (AI) lack compassion and empathy,...

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Memristor breakthrough puts a human brain at the edge of every network

Memristor breakthrough puts a human brain at the edge of every network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Memristors work like human synapses and are a building block of highly energy efficient Neuromorphic computers which make them perfect for running AI at the edge.   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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First of a kind satellite attempts to maintain low earth orbit without any propellant

First of a kind satellite attempts to maintain low earth orbit without any propellant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Satellites need fuel to maintain their orbits, and when that runs out they burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. Fuel-less satellites could theoretically stay in orbit forever.   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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This new portable X-Ray device will let you X-Ray yourself at home

This new portable X-Ray device will let you X-Ray yourself at home

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In time all technologies get smaller, more performant, and cheaper – even gigantic X-Ray machines.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Everything it seems is getting smaller – from Brain Machine Interfaces...

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A trillion transistor computer chip just left a supercomputer in the dust

A trillion transistor computer chip just left a supercomputer in the dust

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Computer chips have been getting smaller and more powerful for decades – but what if they got bigger instead?   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 in general the history of transistors...

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LG’s keynote speaker at CES 2021 was a digital human called Reah

LG’s keynote speaker at CES 2021 was a digital human called Reah

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You’re a human flesh bag, but today the technology to create virtual beings and digital humans is accelerating 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. Humans aren’t what they used to be....

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AI is solving one of musics most expensive problems – mastering

AI is solving one of musics most expensive problems – mastering

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you’ve created your perfect soundtrack it needs to be mastered, and AI is driving the costs to zero.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Making music is one of the most...

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Featured Futurist: The Future of Exponential Healthcare, CPA

Featured Futurist: The Future of Exponential Healthcare, CPA

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By the year 2028 there is consensus that emerging technology breakthroughs in healthcare will start extending the average human lifespan to 100 years and beyond.   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,...

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Futurist Podcast: The Future of Everything, The Andy Rowe Show

Futurist Podcast: The Future of Everything, The Andy Rowe Show

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is changing faster than many of us can imagine, and in unimaginable ways – let’s explore.   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, thank you to Andy and Freddy for...

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New patent shows Microsoft wants to resurrect you as a chatbot

New patent shows Microsoft wants to resurrect you as a chatbot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For the first time in human history we are nearing the point where we could digitally bring people back from the dead …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Life in lockdown...

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Google just built a record breaking 1.6 Trillion parameter AI language model

Google just built a record breaking 1.6 Trillion parameter AI language model

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The theory goes that the larger the AI language model the better that AI will be at translating languages and holding natural human-like conversations.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Parameters are...

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Rocket fuel making algae farms on Mars could bring future colonists back home

Rocket fuel making algae farms on Mars could bring future colonists back home

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s difficult to make rocket fuel on a planet far far away, but this technology might make it a snap.   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 common but...

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