The f(x) = e^x | Gen Alpha and Digital Literacy

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.

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How to Ensure Digital Literacy Amongst Gen Alpha

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The world is becoming more digital, and we must ensure that we create a digitally literate society. Digital literacy is crucial, but we have a big challenge with Gen Z and Gen Alpha being digital natives but not necessarily digitally literate. As such, there is an urgent need to change education.

Ensuring Generation Alpha and Generation Z become responsible digital citizens is not just about making sure people can use computers and smartphones, but also about equipping them with the skills needed to make sense of what they see online and understand how to behave responsibly in the digital realm.

A digitally literate society is one where people are empowered to make informed decisions about their lives using technology. Therefore, to ensure that all individuals can participate in this digital age, we need to develop strategies that enable individuals at all stages of life – from childhood through adulthood – to acquire the skills needed for full participation in society.

In this long read, I take a deep dive into how we can ensure digital literacy amongst Gen Alpha to ensure a fair digital future for everyone.


Useful Nuggets of Information

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

1. 3D-printed fish finds and removes plastic from the ocean. 🐠

Eleanor Mackintosh, a student of Brunel University London, designed and created GILBERT: A 3D robot fish that cleans the water. With the design being open-source, anyone with access to a 3D printer can create their own 3D-printed fish. (Design Bloom)

2. The future Japanese robot family. 🤖

For decades, Japanese roboticists have been part of an international effort to create robots that can be companions for humans. The Japanese government has set a goal of having every household embrace a "robotic lifestyle" by 2025, which means that people will be able to live more safely and comfortably with the help of machines. (Big Think)

3. INTERPOL launches a VR division dedicated to fighting crime.

The international police organisation INTERPOL recently created a virtual world where officers from around the globe can collaborate. The technology allows officers to travel via their avatars and visit other places worldwide, such as INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France. They can also take training courses on forensic investigations from their home computers. (Police1)

4. Nvidia is working on a game-changing holographic VR display.

The technology company Nvidia has applied for a new Holographic VR display patent. The patent application could involve a display unit that would work as part of a virtual reality headset. It could be an essential step toward creating Holographic VR headsets for gaming. (GAMERANT)

5. The future of hydrogen cars is autonomous.

On Tuesday, self-driving car startup WeRide announced that it plans to work with Hyundai in Guangzhou to create what they describe as a "pilot zone" for self-driving hydrogen vehicles. This project comes when China prioritises producing clean hydrogen and collaborating with other countries in research and development. (TechCrunch)


The Step into the Metaverse Podcast!

A few months ago, I published my fourth book, Step into the Metaverse, which is meant as a blueprint for an open metaverse. As part of this book, I did nearly 100 in-depth interviews with the stakeholders building the open metaverse. I have turned a selection of these interviews into a new podcast, called ‘Step into the Metaverse’, and the next three episodes are live now! Subscribe on Spotify or Apple to be notified when the next episodes are released.

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