The world’s first living robots were created by an AI and a supercomputer

The world’s first living robots were created by an AI and a supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As scientists continue to unravel the mysteries of life they’re increasingly finding new ways to edit, control, and manipulate it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it, when I talk about robots the first thing that...

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New 3D printing technique helps researchers create better shape shifting materials

New 3D printing technique helps researchers create better shape shifting materials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are numerous occasions where a shape shifting material, or a reactive material, would be useful and now we have an easier way to create them.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Even without a brain or a...

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Harvard invents self-healing rubber to nail your tyre’s puncture problems

Harvard invents self-healing rubber to nail your tyre’s puncture problems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While this is one example of how self-healing materials will be useful there are millions more use cases.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If the world is free of flat tires a couple decades from now, you...

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New 3D printed liquid “lab on a chip” paves the way for liquid electronics

New 3D printed liquid “lab on a chip” paves the way for liquid electronics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing is still relatively nascent but as researchers invent new tools and techniques one breakthrough can revolutionise thousands of fields.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the US have...

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HyperStealth demonstrate the world’s first viable invisibility cloak

HyperStealth demonstrate the world’s first viable invisibility cloak

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Invisibility is an illusion, a magic trick – literally. As metamaterials improve you can expect this once science fiction-like technology to be perfected.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Happy New Year! Today science fiction is becoming science...

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3D printing breakthrough lets users print multi-material objects with embedded electronics

3D printing breakthrough lets users print multi-material objects with embedded electronics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to 3D print products made out of one material on demand is a game changer, but being able to use multiple materials and embed electronics into those products will be nothing short of revolutionary.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book,...

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AI gets busy helping human scientists create the world’s first spray on solar panels

AI gets busy helping human scientists create the world’s first spray on solar panels

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Trying to find the right formulations to create new materials is a long and arduous process, so scientists are turning to AI to help them speed the process up.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we see...

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Futurist Keynote, Brussels: Innovation Shouldn’t Cost The Earth, AccountancyAge

Futurist Keynote, Brussels: Innovation Shouldn’t Cost The Earth, AccountancyAge

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we can see technologies that will help us eliminate up to 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, so now it’s down to us to embrace change.   Firstly, a big thank you to the team at AccontancyAge for asking me to be this year’s...

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Researchers created a digital metamaterial to create better cloaking devices

Researchers created a digital metamaterial to create better cloaking devices

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Metamaterials are odd, they’re freaks of nature, and now they’re going digital which opens up an amazing number of possibilities.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As you’ll know by now I follow a huge number of technologies,...

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Lightweight metal foam stops armour piercing .50 calibre bullets as well as steel

Lightweight metal foam stops armour piercing .50 calibre bullets as well as steel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Armour plating is heavy and cumbersome, but this new technology reduces the weight of armour by over 50 percent.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers have demonstrated that vehicle armor using Composite Metal Foam (CMF) can stop...

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Researchers create a bone like metal foam that heals at room temperature

Researchers create a bone like metal foam that heals at room temperature

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When metal breaks it takes a huge amount of energy and heat to fix it, but this new breakthrough fixes that problem.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. For 6,000 years, humans have been making things from metal...

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Scientists develop the world’s first infinitely recyclable plastic

Scientists develop the world’s first infinitely recyclable plastic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s plastics can’t be recycled forever because of the way they’re made and the way recycling systems today work, but a new breakthrough solves both these issues.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recycling sounds great in principle,...

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MIT’s new ink lets any object instantly change colour

MIT’s new ink lets any object instantly change colour

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to change products colours and patterns dynamically opens up a whole new range of opportunities for personalisation.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The color-changing capabilities of chameleons have long bewildered willing observers. The philosopher Aristotle...

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Scientists accidentally 3D printed the world’s first liquid magnets

Scientists accidentally 3D printed the world’s first liquid magnets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Magnetic liquids could open up a whole host of interesting applications, most of which we can’t imagine yet, but shape shifting robots could be one of those.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it – polymorphic...

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Researchers use AI to create a “Self-driving lab” to solve climate change

Researchers use AI to create a “Self-driving lab” to solve climate change

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It doesn’t look like we humans are having much luck when it comes to solving climate change, so scientists are now getting AI onto the case.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In...

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Adidas unveil world’s first fully recyclable sneakers that last you a lifetime

Adidas unveil world’s first fully recyclable sneakers that last you a lifetime

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Advances in new materials, production techniques and company processes mean we increasingly have a way to eliminate many forms of needless waste.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of articles, and...

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Featured Futurist: How 4D Printing Will Shift the Shape of Manufacturing, SAP

Featured Futurist: How 4D Printing Will Shift the Shape of Manufacturing, SAP

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we design, imagine, and build products is being revolutionised by the emergence of creative machines and new sci-fi like manufacturing technologies.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. In a brief period, 3D printing — the process...

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Ingenious new fabric cools you down and warms you up

Ingenious new fabric cools you down and warms you up

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We adapt to the weather by changing our clothes, but in the future our clothes will be able to adapt to the weather.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently I wrote about a new type of 3D printed fabric...

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New material could generate an infinite amount of energy from the coldness of space

New material could generate an infinite amount of energy from the coldness of space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Earth has an energy shortage, apparently, and now we have yet another way to produce infinite clean energy forever.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The obvious drawback of solar panels, despite the continuous sound of efficiency records being...

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Scientists use light to create a new state of physical matter

Scientists use light to create a new state of physical matter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to combine light and physical matter to create a new type of hybrid matter opens the door to creating new materials and products with extraordinary capabilities.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently scientists have turned light...

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