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WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF

An energy revolution is underway, and exponential technologies are powering it.

 

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Firstly, thank you to Cedric and the team for inviting me to be this year’s keynote at the 10th annual Smart Energy Summit in Switzerland that bought together people from around the world to explore the future of energy. Unlike previous years though the global Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, forced the organisers to make significant changes to how the event was delivered with most of the attendees attending virtually and strict social distancing measures enforced at the venue which was nestled at the base of the Marginy valley just a few kilometres away from Mont Blanc where global warming is taking its toll on the Alpine glaciers.

 

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Today, we already have the technology to help us eliminate over 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but while energy production accounts for almost 30 percent of that total, whether it’s from energy generation or emissions from aircraft, cargo ships, and transportation, many argue that our transition away from fossil fuels and to new greener renewable forms of energy is still too slow. And they’ve got a point.

 

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During my 30 minute keynote, which frankly is nowhere near enough time to discuss the future of energy in any depth especially as we witness a true Cambrian Age of innovations in everything from battery technology to grid scale storage, through to fusion, nuclear, and wireless energy transmission, all of which is before we even begin to discuss the explosion of innovation across the renewable energy sector, I discussed our abundant energy future in 2050.

 

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While the future of energy, needless to say, will be green, from the production of new catalysts that will enable cargo ships to replace bunker fuel with common seawater, and as we see the development of solar panels with efficiencies in excess of 100 percent, as well as the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in future battery development, and much more, I also showed off what happens when different exponential technologies are combined together. Something that in just one case means we can now see a future where we can 3D print houses complete with their very own nuclear reactors in the years to come – something that even most of the energy experts in the room thought was impossible until they saw it for themselves, and if you want to see that for yourself then you’ll just have to watch the keynote … I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget if you have any questions just tap me up.

 

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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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