Airbus just unveiled three new radical zero-emission concept aircraft

Airbus just unveiled three new radical zero-emission concept aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The airline industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters, and as society demands action some of them are re-doubling their efforts to clean up their industries for the better.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from...

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Flying high Airbus shows off its 2030 and 2050 concept cabins

Flying high Airbus shows off its 2030 and 2050 concept cabins

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of aviation will be electric, and involve hypersonic aircraft and rockets. But there’ll be room for more conventional aircraft too and they’ll be able to take advantage of new technologies to create amazing new experiences.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential...

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Researchers’ brainwave reading temporary tattoo reads your mind and your moods

Researchers’ brainwave reading temporary tattoo reads your mind and your moods

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Controlling technology with our minds will bring about a revolution in computing and computer interfaces,  and this new BMI Smart Tattoo brings it into everyone’s reach.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the facts about exponential...

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World’s first fully pilotless commercial aircraft takes off from France

World’s first fully pilotless commercial aircraft takes off from France

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone tells us aircraft can fly by themselves, now they really can, and this is just the first step of that transition.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We’ve all heard and read about the arrival of autonomous...

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Futurist Keynote, Paris: I, The Company of 2040, Accenture

Futurist Keynote, Paris: I, The Company of 2040, Accenture

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The companies and startups of the future will be very different from today’s, so during this keynote I dive into the rabbit hole.   Firstly, thank you to the team at Accenture for inviting me to be their keynote speaker at the annual Accenture Technology...

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A brain controlled exoskeleton just let a quadraplegic man walk again

A brain controlled exoskeleton just let a quadraplegic man walk again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As brain machine interfaces improve it’s giving researchers the ability to build new revolutionary, life changing products.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while ago a quadriplegic man learned how to drive a car, and now...

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Futurist Keynote, France: The Future of Sport, Decathlon

Futurist Keynote, France: The Future of Sport, Decathlon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sport is amazingly powerful, it transcends national politics, and its benefits on our mental and physical well being are well documented, so let’s take a look at what the future holds.   It was with great delight that I was asked to be the keynote...

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This new AI uses both sight and sound to estimate depression

This new AI uses both sight and sound to estimate depression

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As mental health issues become more pronounced and more prominent in society researchers are trying to find new ways to identify people who suffer from it.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of articles,...

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Mission Impossible style smart contact lens gets US military’s attention

Mission Impossible style smart contact lens gets US military’s attention

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology gets smaller the world’s first true Smart Contact Lenses get closer than ever, and there are plenty of companies hungrily watching the space.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The bleeding edge US military research organisation Defense...

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Colorful bio-engineered bacteria could end fashions obsession with toxic dyes

Colorful bio-engineered bacteria could end fashions obsession with toxic dyes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The dye in your jeans, and most of your clothes, comes from countries whose dead rivers run red and blue, but now there’s a way to put an end to it, for good.   Throughout the fall of 2012, Marie-Sarah Adenis and Thomas Landrain toiled...

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Step into the holodeck, Theoriz unveil their mixed room reality concept

Step into the holodeck, Theoriz unveil their mixed room reality concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Holodecks are still the stuff of science fiction, but even though the journey is long we’re edging closer to realising them.   If you had to list the most mind blowing tech demos in recent memory, Microsoft’s Hololens Augmented Reality headset would need to be included, as...

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Record breaking solar powered aircraft stays aloft for 26 days straight

Record breaking solar powered aircraft stays aloft for 26 days straight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The aviation industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters so companies around the world are trying to find new ways to power aircraft.   Recently I talked about SolarStratos, a company that’s looking to produce “the world’s first commercial solar aircraft,” and a couple...

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New glasses will beam augmented and virtual reality directly into your eyes

New glasses will beam augmented and virtual reality directly into your eyes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Augmented Reality glasses and Virtual Reality headsets use complex computers and optics to create their effects, researchers believe they can eliminate these overheads by beaming the images directly into your eyes.   Researchers have proposed a new way to build Augmented Reality (AR) smart glasses...

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A family in France become the first family to live in a 3D printed house

A family in France become the first family to live in a 3D printed house

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As 3D printing improves it will continue to revolutionise the way we make everything from clothes to homes.   It was always going to happen, and now it finally has. First came 3D printed houses in Dubai, who want 25 percent of all new houses to...

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Scientists push the boundaries of nanotech to build the world’s smallest house

Scientists push the boundaries of nanotech to build the world’s smallest house

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to create increasingly small nanoscale structures will help us create more advanced nanobots and nanomachines in the future.   Recently we’ve seen a spate of new ways to build houses, whether they’re 3D printed, or built using autonomous drones, robots and vehicles, but...

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Air France KLM and Microsoft use blockchain to improve MRO

Air France KLM and Microsoft use blockchain to improve MRO

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchain has enormous potential to improve the efficiency of supply chains and especially MRO, and this is one of the world’s first proof of concepts.   Air France KLM’s engineering and maintenance division is evaluating the potential for Blockchain to become its new digital ledger...

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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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Futurist keynote, Paris: The Future of Sustainable Cities, ChangeNOW Summit

Futurist keynote, Paris: The Future of Sustainable Cities, ChangeNOW Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The effect that climate change and pollution is having on our society and wellbeing is well documented but it’s clear from this summit that for every problem we face there are hundreds of innovative solutions.   Firstly, a big thanks to the wonderful team, lead...

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France’s railways to run semi-autonomous from 2023

France’s railways to run semi-autonomous from 2023

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every mode of transportation is going autonomous, and the railways will be no different.   The French national railway company, SNCF, has announced that it has begun working on semi-autonomous high speed trains that will top out at 300km/h, and it hopes to have a...

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France bans sales of combustion engines from 2040

France bans sales of combustion engines from 2040

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The days of the century old combustion engine are numbered as some of the world’s largest car markets turn to electric vehicles instead.   France will follow in the footsteps of Germany and India, who both recently announced plans to end the sales of combustion engines...

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