World’s first commercial solar aircraft aims for the Stratosphere

World’s first commercial solar aircraft aims for the Stratosphere

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s aircraft will be battery powered, but future generations of aircraft could do away with the batteries entirely.   While Elon Musk is invested in getting humans to different places, whether it’s from one side of the planet to the other in rocketships, or to...

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Roborace’s fully autonomous race car prepares to pound the track at FoS

Roborace’s fully autonomous race car prepares to pound the track at FoS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future our sports events could be dominated by robot and drone warriors battling it out for supremacy, and at some point this could present companies with a new market opportunity.   Later this week, the world’s first autonomous race car company Roborace will make history...

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New battery technology triples the ranges of electric vehicles

New battery technology triples the ranges of electric vehicles

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the world starts to move away from fossil fuels we need to find new ways to squeeze more power from our batteries, and innovations like this one help us achieve that.   In the latest battery breakthrough claim researchers from the University of Waterloo...

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It’s raining cash, US startup edges closer to creating solid state “Jesus” battery

It’s raining cash, US startup edges closer to creating solid state “Jesus” battery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solid state batteries charge faster, , don’t catch fire, last longer and and are cheaper to make than their liquid Lithium Ion cousins, making them a game changer.   Recently technology giants like Dyson, Samsung and Total have collectively invested $65 million in Ionic Materials, a company...

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VW pledges to build a huge supercharger network across the US

VW pledges to build a huge supercharger network across the US

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unless you’d been asleep at the wheel recently you can’t help but notice that it looks like the days of the combustion engine are numbered and that electric vehicles are the future…   It’s no secret that Volkswagen wants to sell more electric cars in...

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Lamborghini’s futuristic all electric, self healing hyper car won’t have batteries

Lamborghini’s futuristic all electric, self healing hyper car won’t have batteries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s likely that our flirtation with battery packs in cars won’t last as long as we think as new wirelessly charged cars start emerging, and as new materials let the cars themselves become the batteries.   Lamborghini and MIT recently introduced the Terzo Millennio concept, which...

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Mystery car company partners with WiTricity to bring wirelessly charged EV’s to market

Mystery car company partners with WiTricity to bring wirelessly charged EV’s to market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As governments and organisations around the world race to install new plug in electric vehicle charging stations, manufacturers, are already thinking ahead and they’ll be bringing wirelessly charged cars to the market sooner than anyone thinks.   A new electric car that uses wireless charging...

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Futurist keynote, Milton Keynes: The Future of Communities, Castleton European Summit

Futurist keynote, Milton Keynes: The Future of Communities, Castleton European Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future will have a huge impact on the future of communities, both good and bad, but with proper foresight and planning tomorrow’s communities could be brighter and better for everyone.   Firstly, I’d like to thank Jay and Chantel for inviting me to present...

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US DoE wants to use AI to build world’s first autonomous energy grid

US DoE wants to use AI to build world’s first autonomous energy grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to fully automate the American energy grid could reduce regulatory burden, improve resilience and reliability, and make it more efficient.   The US Department of Energy, whose supercomputers are already building their own AI’s, has announced it will explore a first of a...

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Futurist in the press: Exclusive interview with Richard Branson, Metro newspaper

Futurist in the press: Exclusive interview with Richard Branson, Metro newspaper

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Richard Branson is one of the most iconic entrepreneurs of all time but sometimes you’ve got to give the critics fuel in order to create the future.   I have to admit I do sometimes have to sit back and pinch myself, after all, it...

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China launches the world’s first fully electric cargo ship

China launches the world’s first fully electric cargo ship

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cargo ships are by far the most polluting types of “vehicles” on the planet, all be the fact they carry huge weights of cargo, but now the industry is starting to electrify and the result will be an environmental revolution.   Ground transport, closely followed...

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Toyota’s autonomous vehicle concept signals the death of the car

Toyota’s autonomous vehicle concept signals the death of the car

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By 2040 the concept of the car will be dead, replaced instead by autonomous multi-modal pods, and this is Toyota’s vision of a possible future.   As we begin to stare the death of the car in the face, with even companies like Audi realising...

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European giants team up to build electric aircraft

European giants team up to build electric aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aviation is one of today’s biggest polluters so now companies are ploughing more effort into building the world’s first viable electric aircraft. In March this year Rolls Royce’s CEO announced that the future of flight was electric, and this week Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens announced...

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Samsung unveils their new ultra fast charging, energy dense battery

Samsung unveils their new ultra fast charging, energy dense battery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When asked what irritates them most about their smartphones most people reply battery life, but Samsung’s latest breakthrough might mean we have to moan about something else.   All our mobile devices have been hamstrung for ages by their reliance on traditional Lithium-Ion (LiOn) batteries...

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Wireless charging, the next frontier for electric vehicles gains traction

Wireless charging, the next frontier for electric vehicles gains traction

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Just as countries are starting to get used to the idea of rolling out fixed electric vehicle charging stations a new technology is emerging on the scene that could quickly render them obsolete.   Just as we are beginning to get used to the idea...

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Audi unveils a future without cars

Audi unveils a future without cars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most people think that self-driving cars are simply the next natural evolution of the car when actually they signal the death of the car as we know it.   Not all concept cars make it off the auto show floor and into production, but now,...

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UK Government announces self-driving cars to hit the roads by 2021, prepares 1 million drivers for redundancy

UK Government announces self-driving cars to hit the roads by 2021, prepares 1 million drivers for redundancy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world around us is changing rapidly and the UK Government has just become the first government in the world to announce plans to start the transition to self-driving vehicles, quoting it’s going to be “painful and challenging.”   Following in the footsteps of Dubai...

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Futurist keynote, Helsinki: The Future of Transportation, Nordic Digital Business Summit

Futurist keynote, Helsinki: The Future of Transportation, Nordic Digital Business Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the next twenty years the transportation industry will see more change than it has in the previous 200 and the impacts of these changes will be felt within every industry, and every corner of society.   Firstly, thanks to Noel and his team for...

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China unveils the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network

China unveils the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China’s ambitions to embrace renewable energy and electric vehicles shows no signs of slowing down, and they’re leaving other countries in the dust.   Last year the US Government announced it was going to start rolling out a huge network of electric charging points across...

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World’s first autonomous cargo ship to enter service in 2018

World’s first autonomous cargo ship to enter service in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Faced by “cratering profits,” low margins and bankruptcy, shipping companies are starting to look at ways they can roll out autonomous cargo ships faster than planned.   Last year the CEO of Rolls Royce announced his company’s grand plan to create fleets of “Ghost ships,”...

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