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.
Why the Internet has a Problem
My latest article:
A decentralised web was how the web was originally envisioned, but somehow in the past 25 years, it ended up in the hands of a few very powerful companies. As a result, the internet has degraded trust among individuals and organisations and the anonymity of the internet has resulted in all kinds of nasty behaviour. Neither the ‘Western internet’ nor the ‘Chinese internet’ is able to solve the issues associated with the internet. As it seems, the internet has a problem and we have a trust problem.
Three Useful Nuggets of Information
My weekly tips from around the web to get you thinking.
1. How the UN aims to stop killer robots.
The subject of killer robots can spark heated emotions, from scientists signing petitions to the sensationalistic short film Slaughterbots. However, also the United Nations aims to stop killer robots in the upcoming ‘killer robot’ conference. (The Verge)
2. In Europe, over 1 million electric cars are on the road.
Last year, the sale of electric cars soared with 40% in Europe and today there are over 1 million electric cars on the road in Europe. It is nearly a year after China hit this milestone, but ahead of the US. It is an important milestone on the road to electrification and meeting emission targets, but more needs to be done. (The Guardian)
3. Iran is launching a cryptocurrency to bypass sanctions.
The Central Bank of Iran has prepared a draft of its new national cryptocurrency, built on the Hyperledger platform. The Rial will back the coin and at first, will be used for interbank settlements. However, at a later stage, ordinary people should be able to use it for everyday transactions. (Finance Magnates)