Good Day! This is my weekly newsletter, with a dose of insights into the future. The topic of this newsletter is the exponential times we live in, hence the title of f(x) = e^x, which is the (natural) exponential function.

Recently, I launched my new concept The Digital Speaker and you can now book me as an avatar or hologram. Also, my tech trend prediction for 2021 is out, read it here!


Decentralizing the Web: The Time is Now


My latest article:

In the past weeks, we have seen the truth about Facebook, we have witnessed another massive data breach, and we have seen a privacy breach of unbelievable proportions. However, we should not be surprised by these revelations as it is a consequence of how we have built the web in the past decades. Fortunately, we have now an opportunity to change and fix the problems we have created as a society. The decentralised web is coming, and blockchain is foundational to achieve this. In the coming decade, we will move to a decentralised web where we, instead of corporations or governments, control our data.


Three Useful Nuggets of Information

My weekly tips from around the web to get you thinking.

1. This Person (Probably) Exists.

AI creating human faces, near-perfect in its realism yet totally fake, has been around for a while now, but what seemed like a fun experiment can turn into a privacy nightmare now. Researchers have been able to reverse engineer the fake faces and reveal the real faces behind them. (MIT)

2. We need to reboot AI with human values.

It is no secret that AI has the potential to save or ruin our world. To prevent the latter from happening, the European Research Council urges critical thinking about the algorithms that shape our lives and societies to prevent the latter from happening. (Nature)

3. It is time to install solar panels on your roof.

With COP26 around the corner, we need to become creative in finding solutions to combat climate change. One approach is to install solar panels on 50% of the world's roofs. As it seems, this will be more than enough to power the entire world year-round. (The Conversation)