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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An AI just discovered and then painted a hidden Picasso painting

An AI just discovered and then painted a hidden Picasso painting

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

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Airbus and Audi join forces and unveil their flying taxi concept

Airbus and Audi join forces and unveil their flying taxi concept

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

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Magnetic human skin breakthrough could lead to new types of wearables

Magnetic human skin breakthrough could lead to new types of wearables

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

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A new artificial human skin gives people spiderman like superpowers

A new artificial human skin gives people spiderman like superpowers Hot

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

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Volocopter completes its first flying taxi flight in Europe

Volocopter completes its first flying taxi flight in Europe

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

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

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

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

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USAF announces development of a new Mach 5 hypersonic missile

USAF announces development of a new Mach 5 hypersonic missile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cellular recorders help treat cancer by capturing the story of cells

Cellular recorders help treat cancer by capturing the story of cells

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

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US military report recommends giving AI autonomous authority to launch nuclear weapons

US military report recommends giving AI autonomous authority to launch nuclear weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more countries start fielding hypersonic weapons, the gap between launch and strike narrows significantly, and so striking back automatically gets more appealing.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Science fiction films are riddled with “AI’s and robots...

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IBM unveilled a 53 qubit quantum computer, their most powerful yet

IBM unveilled a 53 qubit quantum computer, their most powerful yet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are getting closer to being commercialised, and this moves us one big step closer.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Two years ago I wrote that IBM announced the fact that they were developing a 50...

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Scientists want to use a silica blanket to terraform Mars

Scientists want to use a silica blanket to terraform Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we are going to colonise other planets then somehow we need to make them less inhospitable to life, and this is one step in the terraforming process.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I wrote about...

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Quantum teleportation breakthrough announced

Quantum teleportation breakthrough announced

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone is familiar with Qubits, but researchers just managed to add an extra dimension which could lead to the development even more incredibly powerful technologies.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Scientists from University College London in the...

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AI powered copywriting arrives for Facebook

AI powered copywriting arrives for Facebook

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Copywriting to get people to look at your ads is hard, and now AI is mastering it so humans don’t have to.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A revolutionary Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool from Phrasee is shaking up the...

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Google’s quantum computer allegedly achieves quantum supremacy milestone

Google’s quantum computer allegedly achieves quantum supremacy milestone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum supremacy is the point at which quantum computers become the most powerful computers on the planet.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. This could be the dawn of a new era in computing. Literally. After years in...

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OpenAI’s MuseNet AI can generate 4 minute songs across a wide range of genres and styles

OpenAI’s MuseNet AI can generate 4 minute songs across a wide range of genres and styles

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s are getting better at creating and generating synthetic music, and some of them are starting to get signed by major record labels.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The number of so called creative machines capable of...

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Today’s virtual bloggers and influencers are dumb, AI will change that

Today’s virtual bloggers and influencers are dumb, AI will change that

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more researchers and companies experiment with creating life-life, interactive digital humans today’s bloggers and influencers could soon be replaced.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of Instagram’s hottest influencers is a fake 19 year old virtual...

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A database of 100,000 AI generated stock photos will change your perception of stock photography

A database of 100,000 AI generated stock photos will change your perception of stock photography

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you generate photographic content for stock photography sites in the future you’ll be in competition with AI.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. You have to admit it, some of the uses of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are...

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An AI learned to use tools after playing 500 million games of hide and seek

An AI learned to use tools after playing 500 million games of hide and seek

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI researchers applied human evolutionary philosophies to train their AI, and witnessed a breakthrough that saw the AI’s create and use their own tools.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In the early days of life on Earth,...

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This AI dreams up new text based adventures as you play the games

This AI dreams up new text based adventures as you play the games

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we’re increasingly used to AI’s producing content, such as DeepFakes, but tomorrow they’ll be able to create stories and content that adapts in real time to the users requests and behaviours.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Tesla unveil their new battery that lasts 1 million miles

Tesla unveil their new battery that lasts 1 million miles

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more vehicles go electric batteries need to last longer and be more reliable, and this is a significant boost for the sector.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. There’s been a huge number of breakthroughs in the...

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MIT’s new ink lets any object instantly change colour

MIT’s new ink lets any object instantly change colour

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to change products colours and patterns dynamically opens up a whole new range of opportunities for personalisation.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The color-changing capabilities of chameleons have long bewildered willing observers. The philosopher Aristotle...

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World’s first vaccine entirely designed by an AI heads to human trials

World’s first vaccine entirely designed by an AI heads to human trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a lot of hype about using AI to help design and discover new drugs, but we are starting to see results.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers often spend billions of dollars and countless hours developing new...

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Vodafone combines 5G and haptics to let rugby players 100 miles apart tackle each other

Vodafone combines 5G and haptics to let rugby players 100 miles apart tackle each other

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is just one example of how 5G will let us work and play in new ways, and it’s just the beginning.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Vodafone showed off several demos of its new 5G network...

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Watch a $300 DeepFake that casts Will Smith as Neo in the Matrix

Watch a $300 DeepFake that casts Will Smith as Neo in the Matrix

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the ease and cost of creating high quality DeepFakes and synthetic content plunges you’ll soon see a lot more of this chicanery.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The rise of creative machines that can create decent...

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DARPA human telepathy project will let people transmit images into other people’s brains

DARPA human telepathy project will let people transmit images into other people’s brains

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to project images from one person’s brain into another person’s brain is increasingly possible, but it’s still sci-fi.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. There’s a theme now of researchers developing both invasive and non-invasive Brain...

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An AI designed 30,000 drugs in 21 days and came up with winners

An AI designed 30,000 drugs in 21 days and came up with winners

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drug companies are trying to find new ways to discover new blockbuster drug treatments faster, and AI is beginning to answer the call.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I wrote about an Artificial Intelligence (AI) that...

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New DeepFake app lets you edit yourself into blockbuster movies

New DeepFake app lets you edit yourself into blockbuster movies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the technology to create DeepFakes and synthetic content gets easier and cheaper to use it won’t be soon until people everywhere are using it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Zao, a Chinese face-swap app that seems...

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AI researchers clone dragonfly brains to create better missile defences

AI researchers clone dragonfly brains to create better missile defences

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nature manages to pack intelligence into lean, small packages – or brains –  and researchers are trying to copy it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories led by computational neuroscientist Frances Chance are...

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Synthetic proteins with “unlimited potential” usher in new era of smart cell therapies

Synthetic proteins with “unlimited potential” usher in new era of smart cell therapies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New synthetic proteins, that are artificially made and unseen in nature, could usher in a healthcare revolution and open the door to new individually tailored treatments.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Medicine has a “Goldilocks” problem. Many...

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Quantum radar that neutralises stealth technology demonstrated for first time, again

Quantum radar that neutralises stealth technology demonstrated for first time, again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum sensing systems are millions of times more sensitive than traditional sensors, and that’s a problem for stealth technology.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the advantages of the quantum revolution is its ability to sense...

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First spacecraft piloted by a humanoid robot docks with ISS

First spacecraft piloted by a humanoid robot docks with ISS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space navigation is challenging so scientists are exploring new ways to use robots and automation to take the strain off humans.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s easy to think that increasingly there are more robots in...

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World first after researchers create an AI made of glass

World first after researchers create an AI made of glass

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our knowledge of neural networks improves it turns out we can give almost everything “intelligence.”   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently, I talked about a team of researchers in the US that had managed to 3D...

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Scientists find a way to boost solar efficiency to 80 percent

Scientists find a way to boost solar efficiency to 80 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar is already one of the cheapest forms on the planet, and this makes it a slam dunk.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’m just going to say it right here right now – solar will win...

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Scientists want to use man-made volcanic eruptions to solve climate change

Scientists want to use man-made volcanic eruptions to solve climate change

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more scientists complain that Plan A to solve climate change isn’t working, some are working on Plan B.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the biggest problems with climate change is that any solution we...

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Next generation virtual influencers will be indistinguishable from humans

Next generation virtual influencers will be indistinguishable from humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Social networks are awash with human influencers, but now some virtual influencers are making more money than their human counterparts.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the most in demand influencers in the world today isn’t...

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Endel becomes the world’s first music AI to be signed by a major record label

Endel becomes the world’s first music AI to be signed by a major record label

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day AI’s will produce high enough quality music that rivals the music produced by human artists, who will then have to compete against it for record deals.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is slowly...

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This AI relies on human-like memory to create songs from lyrics

This AI relies on human-like memory to create songs from lyrics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most human musicians and composers work by first writing the lyrics, and then the music accompaniment, now machines are copying them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the number of creative machines that can generate good synthetic...

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Fortune CEO’s plan to abandon shareholder first model and be more future focused

Fortune CEO’s plan to abandon shareholder first model and be more future focused

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s shareholder first philosophy was fashioned in the 1990’s, but now Fortune 100 CEO’s are proposing a radical overhaul of the system to favour communities, individuals, and the future.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The world is...

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Researchers tap transistors unique quantum fingerprints to ID systems and stop cyber criminals

Researchers tap transistors unique quantum fingerprints to ID systems and stop cyber criminals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the rise in the number of connected devices and systems is out paced only by the rise in #cyber attacks, researchers have found a new way to identify individual systems at the quantum level.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch...

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Microsoft has a wild hologram that translates HoloLens keynotes into Japanese

Microsoft has a wild hologram that translates HoloLens keynotes into Japanese

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of universal #translators and #holograms opens up a whole new world of #communication for us all as #Microsoft demonstrates   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I had the pleasure of working on Microsoft’s annual Artificial...

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The DeepFake tech behind David Beckham’s viral malaria campaign explained

The DeepFake tech behind David Beckham’s viral malaria campaign explained

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF #DeepFakes can be used for both benign and evil purposes, but in this latest campaign a #UK company used it to help a #malaria #charity for good   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The recent global campaign showing...

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Scientists accidentally 3D printed the world’s first liquid magnets

Scientists accidentally 3D printed the world’s first liquid magnets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Magnetic liquids could open up a whole host of interesting applications, most of which we can’t imagine yet, but shape shifting robots could be one of those.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it – polymorphic...

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Samsung’s impressive AI turns video into digitally rendered VR worlds

Samsung’s impressive AI turns video into digitally rendered VR worlds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As companies try to find ways to easily render the real world into virtual worlds, this is a space that is accelerating.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hot on the heels of Nvidia who recently released their...

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