Online grocer Ocado invests £17m to bring robot run vertical farms to the world

Online grocer Ocado invests £17m to bring robot run vertical farms to the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we grow crops today is inefficient, and vertical farms offer companies a new way to grow organic crops en masse without ruining the planet.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve been talking about new ways to...

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Scientists have visualised stress in plants for the first time

Scientists have visualised stress in plants for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As these sensors become more powerful one day we’ll be able to visualise the stress crops are under at scale and intervene to save them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today, thanks in part to climate change,...

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Boston Dynamics’ robot dog gets busy herding New Zealand sheep

Boston Dynamics’ robot dog gets busy herding New Zealand sheep

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are becoming increasingly capable and versatile which means they are now able to accomplish an increasingly wide variety of tasks.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We all know that humans jobs are under threat of being...

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Futurist Keynote, London: The Future of Communities and Housing, British Property Federation

Futurist Keynote, London: The Future of Communities and Housing, British Property Federation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The places where we live and the communities we live in help make us who we are and shape our future and the way we build communities in the future will benefit everyone.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Genetically engineered male moths programmed to kill off females released into the wild

Genetically engineered male moths programmed to kill off females released into the wild

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Genetic engineering is the ultimate Pandora’s Box, and the lid’s coming off as companies discover new ways to control and kill pests in the wild.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s play a game… what’s the most...

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Lab grown meat could make eating T-Rex and Zebra burgers completely normal

Lab grown meat could make eating T-Rex and Zebra burgers completely normal

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you can grow any meat, from any animal, in a lab without ever having to rear, raise, or harm an animal then why wouldn’t eating exotic meats become culturally acceptable?   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If...

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Scientists created a new type of solar panel that produces electricity and clean water

Scientists created a new type of solar panel that produces electricity and clean water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Water purification systems traditionally use huge amounts of energy, but now researchers have managed to re-purpose waste heat from solar panels instead to do the same job.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A new device created by...

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US startup uses an old NASA recipe to create “meat” from thin air

US startup uses an old NASA recipe to create “meat” from thin air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we investigate new ways to feed the planet some of the breakthroughs in food production are “unconventional.”   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you should have heard of...

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World first as astronauts 3D print beef in space

World first as astronauts 3D print beef in space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting food into orbit is expensive, and most of the food is dubious anyway, but 3D printing and new technologies are giving us entirely new ways to produce food anywhere and anytime.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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UK startup’s new method drastically reduces the cost of clean meat

UK startup’s new method drastically reduces the cost of clean meat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Clean meat, real meat that is produced in the same way animals produce meat but outside the animal, will revolutionise food production – if the costs are right.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s thought that lab...

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Bioengineering breakthrough paves the way for tomorrow’s superplants

Bioengineering breakthrough paves the way for tomorrow’s superplants

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plants face a variety of stresses, whether it’s crops suffering as a result of climate change, or our new need to grow food on other planets, and this breakthrough makes engineering new plants faster.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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Chicken nuggets grown in a lab from feathers for the first time

Chicken nuggets grown in a lab from feathers for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Feeding the world’s growing population is one of the great challenges of our time, but new food production technologies could make famine a thing of the past.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of...

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Fully autonomous raspberry picking robot successfully completes field trials

Fully autonomous raspberry picking robot successfully completes field trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fully automated farms aren’t far off, but one of the biggest problems so far has been harvesting soft fruits, and this new robot brings automation a step closer.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Robots aren’t dexterous at all...

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Scientists hunt for “Kryptonite to stop CRISPR,” the world’s most powerful gene editing tool

Scientists hunt for “Kryptonite to stop CRISPR,” the world’s most powerful gene editing tool

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In time the cost and ease of modifying any living organisms genome and genetic makeup, for better and worse, will fall to almost zero, and as gene editing tools become democratised and sought after by Bio-Terrorists, researchers are trying to find the technology’s Kryptonite –...

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Food breakthrough lets researchers grow fish meat on demand

Food breakthrough lets researchers grow fish meat on demand

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the Earth’s population and its appetite for protein grows this latest breakthrough will help alleviate famine and hunger.   We are on the cusp of a food production revolution, one that could eradicate global famine and let us make food, of all types, from...

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Coffee without the coffee beans, “Molecular Coffee” has arrived

Coffee without the coffee beans, “Molecular Coffee” has arrived

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we find new ways to produce food coffee isn’t immune, and now a company has found a way to make great tasting coffee but without using beans.   Food production is going through a revolution. Take the animal out of meat, and you’ve got...

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Scientists create Nanobionic plants that detect chemicals and could grow on Mars

Scientists create Nanobionic plants that detect chemicals and could grow on Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to bend nature to our will has its advantages, but it could also help us create plants that grow naturally on alien planets.   Plants are naturally amazing little machines so, naturally, scientists think that giving them a bionic leg up could unlock...

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3D Printing with sound, new tech opens door to printed cosmetics, food, and drugs

3D Printing with sound, new tech opens door to printed cosmetics, food, and drugs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As 3D printing becomes more popular the ability to control the size of droplets opens the door to 3D printing everything from cosmetics and materials, to pharmaceutical drugs.   Harvard University has announced that its researchers have developed a way to print objects using sound....

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A US start up has created the world’s first fully autonomous vertical farm

A US start up has created the world’s first fully autonomous vertical farm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As global population grows we need new ways to produce affordable quality food, and vertical farms are increasingly the answer.   Vertical farms that can grow eight times the crops using no chemicals, herbicides or pesticides, and with 99 percent less water than traditional farms...

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Genetic engineering breakthrough turns chickens into egg laying medicine factories

Genetic engineering breakthrough turns chickens into egg laying medicine factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to produce drugs and medicines cheaply is important, and this breakthrough breaks grounds on all kinds of fronts.   Ordinarily, when scientists want to produce proteins to use in medicine they have to use techniques that are costly and complex. Recently, however, in...

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