Researchers de-extincted a killer Pox virus for $100k using mail order DNA

Researchers de-extincted a killer Pox virus for $100k using mail order DNA

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Extinction is no longer for life, and being able to bring back extinct killer viruses or create new ones is both exciting and terrifying.   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. Eradicating smallpox, one...

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DNA printers get ready to move from printing sentences to paragraphs

DNA printers get ready to move from printing sentences to paragraphs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more companies develop their own synthetic DNA products this new innovation will lower costs and increase the speed of manufacturing new genetic products.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In a time when our ability to create...

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New tests prove Covid-19 virus wasn’t made by humans in a lab

New tests prove Covid-19 virus wasn’t made by humans in a lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our mastery of synthetic biology improves so too does our ability to create new types of artificial bio-weaponry, and it’s freaking governments out.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A decade or so ago the mere thought...

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World first after scientists create artificial cells that react to their environment

World first after scientists create artificial cells that react to their environment

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As humanity’s understanding of nature and the code of life, DNA, improves we’re closing in on being able to create synthetic lifeforms with amazing properties.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Cells are the basic unit of life,...

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German scientists just created the world’s first self-replicating synthetic cells

German scientists just created the world’s first self-replicating synthetic cells

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our ability to make fully synthetic DNA and genomes accelerates inevitably scientists will want to cross the next step – making living, alien organisms that replicate.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The creation of life is...

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Stanford developed a gene editing tool that identifies and de-bugs faulty genes

Stanford developed a gene editing tool that identifies and de-bugs faulty genes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the technology of the future increasingly looks like it will be biological based we’ll need more “biological debuggers” like this one that can debug it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. This is a good example of...

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NASA unveils plans to grow homes on Mars and the Moon out of fungi

NASA unveils plans to grow homes on Mars and the Moon out of fungi

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As odd as this might sound it’s actually a very logical idea when you think about it, and NASA aren’t the first to think about growing homes or cities out of plants.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Scientists get closer to creating synthetic cells that can replicate themselves

Scientists get closer to creating synthetic cells that can replicate themselves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our grasp of synthetic biology improves we’re nearing the point where we can create completely synthetic, unnatural cells not found anywhere in nature, and get them to replicate.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s one thing...

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Nvidia creates the world’s first video game demo using AI generated graphics

Nvidia creates the world’s first video game demo using AI generated graphics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI becomes both the tool and the creator of graphics and content, you can expect to see much more of this in the future.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The recent boom in Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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Synthetic lifeforms closer to reality after AI creates world’s first synthetic genome

Synthetic lifeforms closer to reality after AI creates world’s first synthetic genome

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The creation of the world’s first fully synthetic genome by an AI is a major milestone in synthetic biology researchers quest to create the world’s first fully synthetic lifeforms.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Scientists from ETH Zurich...

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Designer cells with two genetic codes give life on Earth a serious upgrade

Designer cells with two genetic codes give life on Earth a serious upgrade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future not all life will be organic, increasingly more of it will be synthetic, and that’s a game changer that at the very least means aliens and the X-Men could become real.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore...

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Researchers gene hacked human cells and turned them into dual core computers

Researchers gene hacked human cells and turned them into dual core computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Computers have transformed human society, and next they’ll transform humans.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The CRISPR gene-editing system is usually known for helping scientists create gene hacked twins resistant to HIV and cancer vaccines, cure blindness, genetic...

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US military genetics program to turn marine life into giant living sensor networks

US military genetics program to turn marine life into giant living sensor networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we learn more about the genetic code and how to modify it organisations around the world are starting to look into new ways of turning nature to their advantage.   A few months ago I wrote about how DARPA, the bleeding edge research arm...

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US researchers get $1.7m grant to create wonder bio-material that lasts 500 million years

US researchers get $1.7m grant to create wonder bio-material that lasts 500 million years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything in the universe is made from material, whether it’s biological or synthetic, and as we unravel natures mysteries we could create products that, literally, last forever.   It’s the most durable biological material you’ve never heard of, Sporopollenin, and it makes plastics and other materials...

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Birth of genetically engineered twins resistant to HIV causes global outrage

Birth of genetically engineered twins resistant to HIV causes global outrage

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine growing old and never experiencing what it’s like to be ill because you were genetically engineered in the womb to be resistant to all known pathogens and viruses, technology is starting to make that a reality.   A little while ago I wrote about...

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Synthetic biology just got its own special programming language

Synthetic biology just got its own special programming language

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to create and control discrete chemical and biological processes and reactions is extremely difficult, this new language aims to simplify it, alot.   Synthetic biology is an exciting new field of research that applies engineering principles to biology, and so far it’s being used...

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Scientists get funding to grow neural networks in petri dishes

Scientists get funding to grow neural networks in petri dishes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of computing isn’t silicon or quantum, it’s biological.   Will the computers of the future be built in factories as they are today, or will they be grown in labs like cell cultures? You might think that this is a daft question, and...

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Futurist Keynote, London: The Future of Superyacht Design, SuperyachtNews

Futurist Keynote, London: The Future of Superyacht Design, SuperyachtNews

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the superyacht industry hots up and competition intensifies superyacht companies have to work harder to stay at the leading edge of design trends.   Firstly, I’d like to thank the team at RWD, a superyacht design company in the UK, and Feyi and Rory from...

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Stopping the DIY bio-terrorists, US military embraces AI and Ginkgo Bioworks

Stopping the DIY bio-terrorists, US military embraces AI and Ginkgo Bioworks

WHY THIS MATTERS As the cost of powerful DIY gene editing kits continue to fall bioterrorism is going to be on the rise, so we need a way to defend against it.   Recently I gave a talk on the “Future of Cybersecurity” in the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sector...

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Scientists have turned human cells into complex living computers

Scientists have turned human cells into complex living computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to turn human cells into powerful, living computing systems will revolutionise computing, energy, and healthcare, along with a myriad of other industries.   Today’s computer hardware is about to get softer, a lot softer, after a research team in the US announced they’ve...

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