Scientists are trying to control lightning with a giant laser lightning rod

Scientists are trying to control lightning with a giant laser lightning rod

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rocket launches and other activities are affected by lightning, so if you can control it then it reduces risks.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A team of researchers from the University...

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Japan sets a crazy new internet speed record at  319 terabits per second

Japan sets a crazy new internet speed record at 319 terabits per second

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s thirst for internet speeds is only going one way, now Japanese scientists just bust internet speed the record.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Ever wonder why the internet, as...

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Lasers could make nuclear waste inert in 30 minutes says Nobel Prize winner

Lasers could make nuclear waste inert in 30 minutes says Nobel Prize winner

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There’s over $100 billion worth of nuclear waste in dumps around the world with a life of a million years, this technology would neutralise all of it.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Cornell’s AI uses vibrations to instantly turn your dumb home into a smart home

Cornell’s AI uses vibrations to instantly turn your dumb home into a smart home

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Old home appliances can’t be turned into smart ones cheaply or easily without being replaced, but this new AI uses a new trick to turn your dumb home into a smart one.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof...

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NASA trials beaming messages into space using lasers

NASA trials beaming messages into space using lasers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Communicating with space stations and orbiting objects today makes 1980’s dial ups look fast, this new upgrade will help NASA unlock even more of the universe’s secrets.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Cameras that see round corners just got a major megapixel upgrade

Cameras that see round corners just got a major megapixel upgrade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You might think that seeing around corners is impossible, but if you can capture photons and apply a bit of techno-magic it becomes possible.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Your eyes are so sensitive that they can...

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US Navy shows off first of a kind laser weapon by destroying drones over the Pacific

US Navy shows off first of a kind laser weapon by destroying drones over the Pacific

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New weapons of war are emerging, from autonomous robotic weapons systems to hypersonic weapons systems, so the military needs a new way to defeat them all.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Laser weapons like the ones in...

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Researchers squeeze a record breaking 44.2Tbps out of ordinary fiber optic

Researchers squeeze a record breaking 44.2Tbps out of ordinary fiber optic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is consuming more and more content, more things are being connected to the internet, so in the future we need much faster networks to handle it all.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. You probably consider...

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This new powerful terahertz camera uses lasers and radiation to see inside objects

This new powerful terahertz camera uses lasers and radiation to see inside objects

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes we want to be able to see inside of objects, and using the quirkiness of terahertz radiation now we can like never before.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I talked about a weird new type...

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The US military’s new Jetson laser can identify you from just your heartbeat

The US military’s new Jetson laser can identify you from just your heartbeat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The number of technologies we can use to accurately identify and classify people are growing at a staggering rate.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The US military could soon spot you in a crowd, not by your...

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Stanford researchers built a particle accelerator on a computer chip

Stanford researchers built a particle accelerator on a computer chip

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Particle accelerators are useful for all kinds of things, from finding new particles to helping build better semiconductors, and now we have a way to miniaturise them and put them on a chip.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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MIT researchers can now use lasers to look at your insides from a distance

MIT researchers can now use lasers to look at your insides from a distance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF On the one hand a technology like this can replace ultrasound one day, but on the other there are likely to be serious privacy implications.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Ultrasound has seen a number of improvements...

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Researchers repurpose tractor beam tech to create interactive holograms

Researchers repurpose tractor beam tech to create interactive holograms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of entertainment is immersive and 3D, but getting there is proving hard, that said though there have been breakthroughs.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I’ve been showing off videos of the world’s first real...

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Shooting laser beams from your eyes a reality after scientific breakthrough

Shooting laser beams from your eyes a reality after scientific breakthrough

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Ocular lasers have many applications, but frankly I’m not sure what most of those could be (yet). Death rays anyone?   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently I talked about a new set of Mission Impossible style smart contact...

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MIT’s crazy laser can beam adverts directly into your ears

MIT’s crazy laser can beam adverts directly into your ears

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We now have the technology to beam sound directly into people’s ears, and future admen can’t wait to get hold of the tech.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. In the future, if we futurists are to believed, which...

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Future EV’s with 16,000km range and space elevators made possible with new Chinese Nano-Cable

Future EV’s with 16,000km range and space elevators made possible with new Chinese Nano-Cable

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are multiple uses for incredibly strong cables and materials, from defence to space elevators, and even helping electric cars travel 16,000km on one charge.   Recently I’ve discussed advances across a wide variety of materials, including the development of a wonder material that lasts...

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Shooting lasers at drones helps DARPA keep them airborne forever

Shooting lasers at drones helps DARPA keep them airborne forever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more companies field drones one of their biggest hurdles is keeping them airborne for long periods of time, DARPA’s latest program hopes to solve that.   DARPA, the bleeding edge research arm of the US Military that’s bought and bringing you everything from conscious robots and autonomous...

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New Russian laser weapon obliterates targets in seconds

New Russian laser weapon obliterates targets in seconds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The next generation of warfare will include many things, from autonomous hunter killer robots and intelligent hypersonic weapons, and lasers.   As what’s being termed the new Cold War hots up I’m seeing a surge in the pace of development of fully and semi-autonomous weapons...

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China unveils their revolutionary ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle

China unveils their revolutionary ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As lasers become more efficient, and as the battery packs needed to power them become more dense and powerful, we’ll continue to see the miniaturisation and deployment of increasingly powerful laser weaponry.   Artificially intelligent “fire and forget” cruise missiles, quantum internet and  quantum radar,...

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Lockheed Martin awarded contract to arm US Navy destroyers with lasers

Lockheed Martin awarded contract to arm US Navy destroyers with lasers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are entering a new era of warfare, full of AI fuelled semi-autonomous weapons, hypersonic missiles and lasers.   The US military is increasingly ramping up its interest in, and spending on, new laser weapons, that will be positioned at forward operating bases, and on...

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