The emergence of hundreds of powerful exponential technologies is accelerating the rate of global cultural, industrial, and societal change, this first of a kind Codex is your guide to understanding, simplifying, and navigating it all.


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THIS CODEX is your front row seat to the future. But not just any future – yours. It’s no secret that humanity is on the cusp of a new era, bought on by the development and adoption of increasingly powerful technologies, and it won’t be the first time, or the last time that we witness one.

In the past twenty years humanity has made more technological progress than we did in the previous five hundred, and in the next thirty years we will make more progress than we did in the previous twenty thousand, which is something that is a staggering feat by any measure. And all of tomorrow’s new industries, products and services, will have their foundations in the technologies we are developing today, and many of them will be as revolutionary as the discovery of agriculture, electricity and fire.


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As the pace of change continues to accelerate, in some areas at what seems like breakneck speed, our ability to track all the developments and their downstream implications will continue to become more challenging. And it’s this that’s driven me to create this Codex, a living book that I hope will become a single point of reference for people who want to see what the future holds for us all.

Today just under half of the world’s population is connected, and while that figure will continue to tick upwards over the next decade, for those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to tap into its democratising power, technology is giving us all the ability to transform our lives, and the lives of everyone around us, in ways that very few people could imagine less than two generations ago, or fifty years. And if we have come this far in just fifty years, then just imagine what the next fifty holds.

Today is the slowest that we’ll move ever again, and while the future holds great promise, it’s important to remember that we are all just caretakers in time, and that each of us has the responsibility, and the power, to safeguard and improve not just our own lives, but everyone’s, and the generations that are yet to come.

Together we can change the world, and, as we create our legacy, the legacy of a better future for everyone, we owe it to each other to leave noone behind. My sincerest regards and best wishes to you all, and I hope you enjoy the read,

Always explore,

Matthew Griffin.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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