Epic Games revolutionary photo-realistic Unreal engine could finally make synthetic content mainstream

Epic Games revolutionary photo-realistic Unreal engine could finally make synthetic content mainstream

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The content you see on your screens is just dots of light, and if those dots are created by games engines or AI’s rather than by filming real people will you know the different – or even care?   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join...

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Nvidia’s AI watched Pac-Man then re-created the game from scratch without coding

Nvidia’s AI watched Pac-Man then re-created the game from scratch without coding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s that can watch something and then instinctively learn how to do it or re-create it have the potential to revolutionise everything and every industry.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I’ve been talking a lot about...

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A record breaking 12 million people watched Travis Scott’s virtual Fortnite concert

A record breaking 12 million people watched Travis Scott’s virtual Fortnite concert

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If this concert is anything to go by the future of concerts is virtual.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. With over half the world’s population under some form of lock down thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19,...

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Fortnite’s new experimental mode is all about partying, not fighting

Fortnite’s new experimental mode is all about partying, not fighting

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Gigs and concerts are going virtual in a big way, and they’re the future.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hands up who’s bored of lockdown. Hands up who wants to party. Yep, that’s what I figured, but...

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DeepMind’s newest AI studies humans to exploit weaknesses in their strategies

DeepMind’s newest AI studies humans to exploit weaknesses in their strategies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone has their weaknesses, now researchers have developed AI’s that can identify and exploit them, one day though these AI’s will be able to identify and exploit any human flaw, as well as flaws in other AI’s, for better and worse.   Interested in the Exponential...

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Film making and game making collide, behind the scenes of Disney’s “The Mandalorian”

Film making and game making collide, behind the scenes of Disney’s “The Mandalorian”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of AAA game making and movie making is merging thanks to the development of increasingly powerful game engines and new film making techniques.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Jon Favreau and MPC Film’s Lion King...

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Developers show off next gen apps that get streamed to your phone

Developers show off next gen apps that get streamed to your phone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more services move to the cloud and network speeds increase it’s inevitable that everything will be streamed.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We are truly entering the streaming era where everything, not just our movies, shows...

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Panasonic unveil their cool new ultra lightweight Morpheus inspired VR glasses

Panasonic unveil their cool new ultra lightweight Morpheus inspired VR glasses

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF VR headsets are dorky and bulky, so Panasonic has cut away at them and re-imagined them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Analysts are always telling us that this is the year of Virtual Reality (VR), whatever that...

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Formula E’s new E-Sports “ghosting” app lets gamers race real drivers in real time

Formula E’s new E-Sports “ghosting” app lets gamers race real drivers in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As physical and digital worlds merge in the future we’ll see more people playing in real time against professional sports men and women in virtual worlds.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Last year I wrote about the...

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Featured Futurist: Stuff Magazine, The Virtual Sporting Life

Featured Futurist: Stuff Magazine, The Virtual Sporting Life

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of E-Sports will blow your mind and you’d be surprised at the things you can do from the comfort of your own living room.   Firstly, thank you to James and the team for inviting me to be Stuff magazine’s new  monthly columnist...

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Samsung’s new AI codec lets users stream 8K content over crappy networks

Samsung’s new AI codec lets users stream 8K content over crappy networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the resolution of content increases we need to find new ways to push it across crappy networks, and that’s where new codecs come in.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s official, we’ve entered the era of...

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Google Stadia’s AI lets game developers instantly change the style of their games

Google Stadia’s AI lets game developers instantly change the style of their games

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now if a games developer wanted to change the look and style of a game they’d have to crack open its code, but now they can just apply a style in real time without having to.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download...

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DeepMind’s AIphaStar achieves Starcraft II Grandmaster status, signals “advanced” AI has arrived

DeepMind’s AIphaStar achieves Starcraft II Grandmaster status, signals “advanced” AI has arrived

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Starcraft is a game of strategy and as such is a much more complex game for AI to master, but now one of the world’s most advanced AI’s has done just that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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A new VR synthetic skin brings feelings to gaming and prosthetics

A new VR synthetic skin brings feelings to gaming and prosthetics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the digital and physical worlds collide and merge companies are trying to find new ways to extend the physical experience.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Imagine holding hands with a loved one on the other side...

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Microsoft DreamWalker turns your daily commute into a VR experience

Microsoft DreamWalker turns your daily commute into a VR experience

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Microsoft’s new twist on Virtual Reality could be a game changer that helps bring VR, not just AR, into the real world and changes the gaming experience forever.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The Matrix is real,...

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Former Go world champion retires after declaring “AI is invincible”

Former Go world champion retires after declaring “AI is invincible”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that AI and robotics will continue to automate more human jobs and tasks, and society has to have answers and solutions for what’s coming.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation...

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Nvidia demos cloud based rendering to create high quality streamed AR experiences

Nvidia demos cloud based rendering to create high quality streamed AR experiences

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rendering high quality AR and VR experiences is compute intensive, but by using cloud based rendering now anyone can enjoy high quality content irrespective of their device.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Your smartphone might be a...

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Facebook’s DeepFovea tool reduces VR rendering resources by upto 99 percent

Facebook’s DeepFovea tool reduces VR rendering resources by upto 99 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rendering high quality virtual worlds is resource intensive,  DeepFovea eliminates up to 99 percent of those resources which will make AR and VR more accessible.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the biggest issues with Augmented...

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Steppingstone’s electromagnetic floor lets VR users walk real miles in their own rooms

Steppingstone’s electromagnetic floor lets VR users walk real miles in their own rooms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of the biggest problems with VR is that if you want to walk from A to Z you soon hit the walls of your living room, but now you can walk forever without ever leaving your room.   Interested in the future and want...

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Google unveils Stadia its cloud gaming service launching in 2019

Google unveils Stadia its cloud gaming service launching in 2019

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Streaming games from the cloud is a natural evolutionary step, but there are plenty of hurdles to overcome, such as the availability of content, performance, and latency, among others.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Google unveiled their...

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