Develop a Continuous Scan for Disruptive Tech Trends

January 1, 2022 Author: Gary Ralston

How do we stay on top of exponential and disruptive technology trends?

Updated 2023-02-12: We follow these sources every day - high-quality can't-miss information feeds. They are written in plain language and discuss social and business implications of the technologies and discoveries. 

The Exponential View




Curated by London-based researcher, Azeem Azhar. Exponential change: technology, business models, political economy & society.

Recommended by ExO colleague, Kaila Colbin: "One of my absolute favorites, a weekly curated collection of links, with a brief phrase or sentence as to why each one is interesting. I never miss an issue, and it usually generates a couple hours at least per week of worthwhile content."

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MIT Technology Review -


10 Breakthrough Technologies list - 2023

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"Every day, we provide an intelligent, lucid, and authoritative filter for the overwhelming flood of information about technology. We do this with serious journalism, written in clear, simple language  by a knowledgeable editorial staff, governed by a policy of accuracy and independence.

We do this in features, news analysis, business reports, photo essays, reviews, and interactive digital experiences that invite our readers to probe deeper, examine data, and get to know experts and their opinions to see, explore, and understand new technologies and their impact."

We agree. If you only subscribe to one source, this is it.

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CB Insights -



Top Business Intelligence served with outrageous attitude!

From the Site: Our team comes to work every day to build technology that helps corporations guess less and win more. We aggregate and analyze massive amounts of data and use machine learning, algorithms, and data visualization to help corporations replace the three Gs (Google searches, gut instinct and guys with MBAs*) so they can answer massive strategic questions using probability, not punditry. 

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Recommended by ExO Colleague, Pedro Pinho: "Great business intelligence, in my opinion. Comprehensive maps of startups per industry available for free which give you an index of companies to explore further."

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Peter Diamandis -

Technology Blog & Abundance Insider Blog

Moonshots and Mindsets Podcast

Futureloop (AI engine curates news feed...)

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. He is sometimes a controversial figure as he and his team push the frontiers forward.

    WIRED Newsletter -

    We read it every day for early insight into the social impact of technology...


    WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. It is the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant transformation. The WIRED conversation illuminates how technology is changing every aspect of our lives—from culture to business, science to design. The breakthroughs and innovations that we uncover lead to new ways of thinking, new connections, and new industries.

    TechCrunch -


    Think your idea is unique? Check here, soonest. 

    TechCrunch is a leading technology media property dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. 

    Founded in 2005, TechCrunch and its network of websites reach over 12 million unique visitors and more than 25 million page views each month. TechCrunch covers the latest technology news in consumer electronics, mobile devices, software, and internet services, bringing a unique insight into the world of startup companies and new technology trends. Recommended by Soledad Llorente.

    Input from my colleagues in the OpenExO community

    I asked my colleagues what they were following and discovered a range of other sources.

    Singularity Hub - TOP SOURCE! Published by Singularity University, Singularity Hub chronicles technological progress by highlighting the breakthroughs, players, and issues shaping the future as well as supporting a global community of smart, passionate, action-oriented people who want to change the world. Sign up here. Recommended by Evonne Heyning

    ExO Insight - Posts and long-form articles from OpenExO community members. Senior Editor, Lisa Pereira, is doing an amazing job curating and mentoring contributors.

    Tech.EU - a European-focus tech newsletter, covering some of the more obscure emerging markets outside the major EU tech centers. Recommended by Pedro Pinho

    The be radical Briefing - Pascal Finette. The radical Briefing is an easy-to-read email digest on the future of business — covering ‘radical’ news, research, lessons, people, and ideas. Read our take on new technologies and how they affect business models, methods, culture, and leadership. Pascal's other missive, 'The Heritic', is also good, but more general. Recommended by Wolfgang Merkt.

    The Millennium Project - Founded in 1996 after a three-year feasibility study with the United Nations University, Smithsonian Institution, Futures Group International, and the American Council for the UNU. It is now an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policymakers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities. Recommended by Evonne Heyning, Paul Epping

    Future of Life Institute - With an advisory board that includes Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Morgan Freeman, Alan Alda, the co-founder of Skype and others, it is worth a visit for certain. "We are currently focusing on keeping artificial intelligence beneficial and we are also exploring ways of reducing risks from nuclear weapons and biotechnology." Recommended by Paul Epping

    The Economist Technology Quarterly - deeper analysis in plain language. Recommended by Nicole-Anne Boyer

    Future Today Institute Trends Report by Amy WebbDownloaded more than 1 million times each year, FTI's annual Tech Trends Report is a must-read for every industry. Learn the key trends impacting finance, insurance, transportation, healthcare, sports, logistics, telecom, work, government and policy, security, privacy, education, agriculture, entertainment, music, CPG, hospitality and dining, ESGs, climate, space and more. Discover critical insights. See what strategic action you can take on the futures, today. Recommended by Francisco Milagres and just about every other ExO Coach we know!

    Sign up to get notified when the 2023 Trend Report launches, March 10, 2023.

    Sites requiring a bit of sifting for the good stuff

    As recommender, Eduardo Labarca points out: "Please consider that today there are a lot of "science" websites that distort news only to get more readers. We should filter and evaluate." Great reminder! is one such site that we do NOT recommend.

    Medium - Every day, thousands of people turn to Medium to publish their ideas and perspectives. Leaders. Artists. Thinkers. And ordinary citizens who have a story to tell. Posts range from scrutinies of world affairs to deeply personal essays. Medium sifts the best of these for you and delivers them directly onto your home page. Recommended by Tony Manley, who comments: Although the articles on Medium can be varied, the good ones tend to bubble up to the top pretty quickly. They often provide useful insights from people working with the technologies. Obviously, you need some idea of what you are looking for in order to get the best out of it.

    Quartz - Quartz is a digitally native news outlet, born in 2012, for business people in the new global economy. Our coverage of this new global economy is rooted in a set of defining obsessions: core topics and knotty questions of seismic importance to business professionals. These are the issues that energize our newsroom, and we invite you to obsess about them along with us. Recommended by Evonne Heyning.

    Questex - This media company holds the rights to a series of newsletter brands, events and conferences, that does a good job of reporting on developments and press releases in HospitalityTravelHealthcareWellnessLife Science and Technology. Of particular interest are the Fierce series of newsletters covering Telecom, Biotech, Sensors, IoT, Electronics, MedTech, CRO, Life Sciences and more. Recommended by Justin McMath.

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    Biomimicry / Biomimetics

    See our blog post: Biomimicry - How Nature is Inspiring Radical Innovation

    What are your go-to sources for your 'future-scan'?

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    Innovation by itself
    turns out not to be the trump card we expected;

    more important is the ability to scale innovation, 
    to blend creativity with discipline.

    - Jim Collins, author, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck - Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

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