The f(x) = e^x | The need for an open metaverse and the quest for longevity

The f(x) = e^x | The need for an open metaverse and the quest for longevity
👋 Hi, I am Mark. I am a strategic futurist and innovation keynote speaker. I advise governments and enterprises on emerging technologies such as AI or the metaverse. My subscribers receive a free weekly newsletter on cutting-edge technology.

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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Why We Need an Open Metaverse

My latest article:

The metaverse offers us a unique opportunity to fix our past mistakes and re-create a better, more inclusive, and more equal digital future.

We are at a point in history where we have a choice.

We can create a metaverse where everyone can be part of unique, immersive experiences, have access to unique ways to earn a living, and have complete control over our identity, data, and digital assets, or we can stick to what we have, including all problems that come with it.

An interoperable open metaverse will enable users to monetize those assets, sell them, borrow against them, use them as collateral, create derivatives, or rent them out. The opportunities are ample, and it will create an entirely new digital economy, generating trillions of dollars in value.

Useful Nuggets of Information

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

1. Would reprogramming our bodies be the key to longevity?

The longevity trend is in full force, with scientists and biotech founders trying to win over deep-pocketed investors. One approach is to reprogram ageing bodies back to their former youth. Would this be the key to longevity? (MIT)

2. Generative AI will change creativity.

In my last week’s article, I covered the new trend of generative AI and synthetic media that is taking the internet by storm. These large language and image AI models are rapidly disrupting the creative industry and changing creativity. (HBR)

3. Threatened by climate change, Tuvalu looks to the metaverse.

Announced at COP27, Tuvalu is the first country that aims to upload its entire country to the metaverse in an attempt not to be forgotten when rising sea levels due to climate change destroy the tiny country in the Pacific. (ScienceAlert)

4. One million creditors are owed money in the FTX bankruptcy.

According to FTX, the crypto exchange that went bankrupt last week and caused widespread losses in the crypto market, has stated that it expects one million individual creditors to be owed money in claims. (The Guardian)

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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