Robots in extreme environments, going where no human can, or wants to go

Robots in extreme environments, going where no human can, or wants to go

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are on the rise, they’re getting more capable of handling more situations, and this presents businesses around the world, and especially in the UK, with new opportunities.   Robots are set to play an increasing role in our future, and today there are many...

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Horizon Report: The Future of Smartphones 2020 to 2070

Horizon Report: The Future of Smartphones 2020 to 2070

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The global smartphone market is huge, and heavily contested and it’s only going to get hotter in the future. In this 50 year horizon report I look into what future smartphones will look like, the technologies they’ll contain, and discuss what’s going to replace them....

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Futurist keynote, Vienna: The Future of FMCG and Innovation, Henkel Innovation Summit

Futurist keynote, Vienna: The Future of FMCG and Innovation, Henkel Innovation Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the next decade the world of FMCG will be irrevocably altered by the new technologies and autonomous retailers who design, manufacture and deliver goods autonomously, at speed, and on demand.   This Monday I was supposed to be delivering a keynote in Vienna, Austria,...

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Futurist keynote, Oxford: The Future of Disruption, University of Oxford

Futurist keynote, Oxford: The Future of Disruption, University of Oxford

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The pace of disruption is accelerating, and many argue that today is the slowest we will ever move again. In this presentation I discuss the why the pace of disruption accelerating, and the reason why it’s going to switch gears and get even faster, and...

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Futurist keynote, Johannesburg: The Future of Innovation, ITWeb Enterprise Mobility Summit

Futurist keynote, Johannesburg: The Future of Innovation, ITWeb Enterprise Mobility Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many experts say that creative machines are still decades away, and that machines that can innovate and iterate are even further away, but during this presentation I show that they’re already emerging, writing music and creating mass market products.   It was with great excitement...

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Amazon is building a creative AI that can design clothes

Amazon is building a creative AI that can design clothes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most experts think that we are decades away from creating machines that are capable of “creation” and “innovation” but they’re arriving now and many companies around the world could suddenly find themselves being out innovated at an inconceivable pace.   Over the past couple of...

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Norwegian robot learns to self-evolve and 3D print itself in the lab

Norwegian robot learns to self-evolve and 3D print itself in the lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For the first time we are seeing how it’s possible for robots in the future to design and evolve, manufacture and assemble themselves without human input.   Experts at the University of Oslo, Norway have discovered a new way for robots to design, evolve and manufacture...

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The future of jobs in a Machine World

The future of jobs in a Machine World

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all aware that technology is capable of replacing particular categories of jobs, but often those jobs “belong to someone else” and the impact on our own jobs is minimal. Today though new classes of emerging technologies, from artificial intelligence to machine vision are...

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Apple, emerging technology and the iPhone that could be

Apple, emerging technology and the iPhone that could be

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF I take a look at the exciting Emerging Technologies that Apple could put into the next iPhone – but probably haven’t.   Today there are no fewer than ten multi trillion dollar trends coming down the line – from the Connected Home and the Internet of Everything to Autonomous Vehicles,...

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Generation Z, the first immortal generation?

Generation Z, the first immortal generation?

It’s a matter of When, not If we solve Death and Generation Z could be the first generation to experience Immortality in their lifetimes. Today we can reverse paralysis, restore sight, print hearts, eliminate disease and transfer memories, age is a quirk of genetics, nanotech is a game changer and only Darwinism...

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Digital and Innovation, not or

Digital and Innovation, not or

“The world has changed more in recent years than it has in the hundred, possibly ten thousand years before it. Industries that didn’t exist just five years ago are dominating the daily headlines and 21st Century Entrepreneurs are building new multi-billion dollar Empires faster than their older, more established competitors...

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Boom! Disney just reinvented entertainment

Boom! Disney just reinvented entertainment

  On track to bring in over $300 Billion in the next decade Disneys’ new business model is smashing records The world of entertainment changed forever in 2010 and there’s no going back – not that you, or your kids would want to. As the orange incandescence of explosions from...

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CTO Innovation Series: Enterprise innovation fights back

CTO Innovation Series: Enterprise innovation fights back

With their organisations and industries under siege from hundreds of thousands of lean, digital start ups many industry leaders are starting to seed creative disruption initiatives within their own organisations in the bold hope of beating the waves of want to be disruptive entrepreneurs at their own game. I sat...

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Apples new trojan horse

Apples new trojan horse

Love it or loathe it the Apple Watch is superbly positioned to help Apple capture three new mass markets Even Apple can’t escape the gravity of centuries of tradition and the Apple Watch is a great case in point. Sure enough it sits on the wrist like a regular watch, looks like a...

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Monetising the Internet of Everything

Monetising the Internet of Everything

Data is the new oil Over the next ten years the Internet of Everything – the ability to use an increasingly broad variety of sensors that can turn any dumb object, from jet engines and cars to cattle and crops into intelligent, interconnected devices on a network that can sense,...

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The rise of the Innovative CIO

The rise of the Innovative CIO

The CIO’s role is changing driven by Cloud and an increasing number of ‘as a Service’ solutions that progressively reduce the organisations dependency on maintaining a high number of specially skilled ICT staff. Under these new conditions organisations have two options – they can make their technology managers, architects and...

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Is Adidas on the cusp of being disrupted?

Is Adidas on the cusp of being disrupted?

“Adidas have been a household name since 1936 when Adi Dassler got four time Olympic Gold medallist Jessie Owens to wear his spikes but now the company that was started in a Bavarian kitchen risks being disrupted by a suite of new technologies that will fundamentally change the way that...

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Are Jobs and Ford wrong, can customers create blockbusters?

Are Jobs and Ford wrong, can customers create blockbusters?

“If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said faster horses.”   Steve Jobs and Henry Ford are both regarded as two of our most iconic innovators so does it just happen to be coincidence that they also shared the same views about customer input into the...

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The three flavours of innovation

The three flavours of innovation

If you go out and ask the average person on the street to list their top five most innovative companies then it’s highly likely that the same names will crop up time and time again but what people may not realise is that the journeys those organisations took to develop...

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Learn to Disrupt. Less Er-ntrepreneur, more Entrepreneur

Learn to Disrupt. Less Er-ntrepreneur, more Entrepreneur

At our Venture Capital days our we see pitch after pitch from aspiring Entrepreneurs but with so much Me-Too competition our teams need to quickly establish whether or not they believe a brand is clearly differentiated enough to be able to get a foothold in its chosen market. Most aspiring...

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