Researchers say this AI can judge your personality from selfies alone

Researchers say this AI can judge your personality from selfies alone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today lots of things are based on companies ability to assess your circumstances and personality, and now they have a new tool to play with.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Being able to judge a persons personality...

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Futurist Keynote, Birmingham: Investing in the Exponential Era, Personal Finance Society

Futurist Keynote, Birmingham: Investing in the Exponential Era, Personal Finance Society

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We all work hard for our money, and then we want our money to work hard for us so we can retire in comfort, but the exponential future makes investing and planning for the future more challenging that ever.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect,...

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China accelerates plans to become the world’s first cashless society as Covid-19 bites

China accelerates plans to become the world’s first cashless society as Covid-19 bites

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Covid-19 has accelerated the trials of many different types of technologies, from drones to self-driving cars, and 3D printing, now it’s accelerating the death of cash.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A couple of years ago the...

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Microsoft just patented a way to let you mine cryptocurrency with your mind

Microsoft just patented a way to let you mine cryptocurrency with your mind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Exponential technologies are helping us realise the dream of being able to create money with our minds.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Not much has happened in the payments space for a while now, that is unless...

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IKEA becomes the first retailer to let customers pay for goods with time

IKEA becomes the first retailer to let customers pay for goods with time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The concept of value is fluid, and new tools and technologies are letting companies re-imagine how their customers pay for goods.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past few years we’ve seen lots of amazing new...

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Futurist Keynote: The Future of Work and Skills 2040, Aon

Futurist Keynote: The Future of Work and Skills 2040, Aon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we work and the way we tap into skills is changing, and tat impacts everything from how we educate our children and train our workforce, to how we build and operate companies.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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Sweden starts breaking up with cash as government starts trials of digital E-Krona

Sweden starts breaking up with cash as government starts trials of digital E-Krona

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cash use is falling in many countries, so governments are now starting to trial fully digital alternatives.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Cash is dying as more and more people use contactless payment systems and digital cash,...

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Futurist Keynote, London: Investing in the Future, Bloomberg

Futurist Keynote, London: Investing in the Future, Bloomberg

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are increasingly reaching the point where we can disrupt global industries within the space of weeks and days, and that has a significant impact on investors and investment strategies.   Firstly, thank you to Parker and the team at Bloomberg for inviting me to...

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IBM’s Project Debater AI barely convinces Cambridge University audience that “AI is good”

IBM’s Project Debater AI barely convinces Cambridge University audience that “AI is good”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An AI debating whether AI is “good or bad” with people sounds like a good marketing ploy, but it has real world implications for human decision making.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. IBM have just announced that...

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China’s central bank is close to launching its own cryptocurrency

China’s central bank is close to launching its own cryptocurrency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the use of cash falls to record lows around the world central banks issuing their own digital currencies looks more like a matter of when not if.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Officials from the People’s...

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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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This AI detects art forgeries by analysing artists brushstrokes

This AI detects art forgeries by analysing artists brushstrokes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Forging art has always been a popular past time, and now there’s a new tool in town to catch forgers in the act.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. All around the world the trade in art, both...

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Ownerless companies on the rise as startups experiment with new business models

Ownerless companies on the rise as startups experiment with new business models

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchain will let us build new types of companies in new ways, including ownerless companies where funds and profits are divided automatically between individuals.   Slowly, very slowly, we’re seeing the emergence of the world’s first fully autonomous companies, from small hedge funds in Hong...

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JP Morgan becomes the first major US bank to roll its own crypto coins

JP Morgan becomes the first major US bank to roll its own crypto coins

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bitcoin may have its critics, but noone can argue the impact that cryptocurrencies have had on the world, and now one of the US’ biggest banks is jumping on the bandwagon.   With talks of China creating the first blockchain based national cryptocurrency and Ohio...

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MIT’s new neural network can explain its decisions

MIT’s new neural network can explain its decisions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI gets more deeply embedded into the world’s digital fabric, in everything from self-driving cars to high frequency stock trading, it’s crucial we know how it makes its decisions.   A child is presented with a picture of various shapes and is asked to...

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Futurist Keynote, London: Investing in the Exponential Future, SRP European Conference

Futurist Keynote, London: Investing in the Exponential Future, SRP European Conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Incredibly powerful, and increasingly democratised, emerging technologies are transforming every sector faster than ever, and this can have dire consequences for investors if the mechanisms behind the change are not understood.   Firstly, thank you to Amelie for inviting me to be the keynote for...

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The UK FCA could become the world’s first AI robo-regulator

The UK FCA could become the world’s first AI robo-regulator

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The level of regulation is already a major burden on companies, a robo-regulator could automate compliance, lighten the load, reduce costs, and even identify crime before it happens.   A little while ago I wrote an article highlighting a point made by the UK’s Chancellor...

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Decentralised hedge funds take aim at Wall Street elite

Decentralised hedge funds take aim at Wall Street elite

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Services and industries are increasingly becoming decentralised, and the financial services industry is no exception.   A little while ago I discussed how one hedge fund, Aidyia, is now fully autonomous, a decentralised autonomous organisation run by an AI without humans, and how another, Numerai,...

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DeepFake busting app spots even a single pixel out of place

DeepFake busting app spots even a single pixel out of place

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly most people don’t believe the news they’re seeing is real, this new technology helps news organisations and outlets regain that trust.   Falsifying photos and videos used to take a lot of work – either you used CGI to generate photorealistic images from scratch,...

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Futurist Keynote, Antwerp: Investing in the Future, Infosys Finacle

Futurist Keynote, Antwerp: Investing in the Future, Infosys Finacle

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the pace of change continues to accelerate many companies find keeping up with it a daunting prospect, and it’s no less of an issue for the financial services community.   Firstly, thank you to Bharadwaj and the team for inviting me to be this...

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