US Army explores the use of shape shifting robots for 2040

US Army explores the use of shape shifting robots for 2040

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is transforming warfare, and the US military believes autonomous swarms of shape shifting robots could give them a significant advantage in battle.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I discussed how swarms of robots were able...

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IBM’s floating space robot just got an emotional upgrade

IBM’s floating space robot just got an emotional upgrade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As software improves and AI gets better one big advantage that robots have over humans still is that they can get upgrades and CIMON just got an EQ upgrade.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. How many times...

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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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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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Alphabet’s Everyday Robot project creates robots that learn without programming

Alphabet’s Everyday Robot project creates robots that learn without programming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we had to code every behaviour a robot needs to learn it’d be a never ending task, but if robots can learn like humans without needing to be coded then that’d be game changing.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch...

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Harvard’s new multi-material 3D printer makes printing soft robots faster and easier

Harvard’s new multi-material 3D printer makes printing soft robots faster and easier

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many 3D printers still only print one material, or at best switch between different materials very slowly, this new printer therefore opens up a host of new use cases.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. 3D printers are...

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An inflatable humanoid robot destined for space secures NASA funding

An inflatable humanoid robot destined for space secures NASA funding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting equipment and robots into space is expensive, and that makes inflatable robots attractive if we can solve some challenges first.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We don’t see a lot of inflatable robots, probably for obvious...

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Indian surgeon completes world’s first remote robotic human heart surgery

Indian surgeon completes world’s first remote robotic human heart surgery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many areas in the world that have a shortage of skilled surgeons, but tele-robotic operations like this one could solve that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while ago I reported several developments in...

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World’s most dexterous robot now solves Rubiks’ cubes one handed

World’s most dexterous robot now solves Rubiks’ cubes one handed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Training robots new tricks used to take a long long time, now we can cram hundreds of years of training into just days.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I discussed how a company had managed to...

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Futurist Keynote, Slovakia: Living in the Exponential Era, SlovakiaTech

Futurist Keynote, Slovakia: Living in the Exponential Era, SlovakiaTech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future is emerging faster and is more complex than many of us can imagine which is why during this keynote I de-mystify it.   Firstly, I’d like to thank Lucia and the team for inviting me to be the keynote for this years SlovakiaTech...

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NASA designs shape shifting robots to explore other planets

NASA designs shape shifting robots to explore other planets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Todays robots are, by future standards, fairly fixed and static affairs, but tomorrow they’ll evolve and transform themselves to suit their environments.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I talked about a new Polymorphic liquid metals that, when...

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Futurist Keynote, UK: Education in the Exponential Era, GEMS

Futurist Keynote, UK: Education in the Exponential Era, GEMS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone agrees that today’s industrial education strategies are not fit for purpose and will ultimately leave us with a huge skills gap in the future.   Firstly, I would like to thank the team at GEMS, the world’s largest private school company, with over 150,000...

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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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A new artificial human skin gives people spiderman like superpowers

A new artificial human skin gives people spiderman like superpowers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As sensors and flexible electronics start to combine it opens up new amazing possibilities.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Toronto have developed artificial skin that gives its wearer, whether they’re robots...

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Gallium “heartbeat” discovery gives re-configurable electronics a boost

Gallium “heartbeat” discovery gives re-configurable electronics a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s electronics are static, but tomorrow’s electronics will be able to re-configure themselves automatically as needed.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A drop of liquid gallium will oscillate like a beating heart when placed inside a ring-shaped...

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First spacecraft piloted by a humanoid robot docks with ISS

First spacecraft piloted by a humanoid robot docks with ISS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space navigation is challenging so scientists are exploring new ways to use robots and automation to take the strain off humans.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s easy to think that increasingly there are more robots in...

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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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Scientists develop bio-hybrid robots to decontaminate polluted water

Scientists develop bio-hybrid robots to decontaminate polluted water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Earth’s waters become more polluted we need to find new ways of de-contaminating them as quickly and as sustainably as possible.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of articles, and connect! Bio-Hybrid Robots, that...

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Brick-bot Hadrian X gets to work building homes in Australia

Brick-bot Hadrian X gets to work building homes in Australia

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of AI and Machine Vision are helping robots break new ground and take over more jobs and tasks from human workers.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. Recently there have been a flurry of developments in...

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