Globalisation has gone digital

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!


Why We Should Embrace Technology to Change Globalisation

My latest article:

Thanks to the current trade wars, globalisation is at risk. However, global collaboration is the only way forward and, despite rising nationalism and protectionism that are driven by the USA, there is an imminent move towards more collaboration on the Eurasian continent. Projects such as the Belt and Road initiative are a clear example of that, but for the entire world to benefit from globalisation, we need to change how globalisation functions. This means we need to embrace Emerging Information Technologies such as big data analytics, Blockchain and artificial intelligence to ensure trustworthy, effective and efficient global collaboration among individuals, companies and even connected devices.


Three Useful Nuggets of Information

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

1. The world’s largest asset manager is looking into crypto.

BlackRock has created a working group to investigate the potential of blockchain and cryptocurrencies and whether or not the asset manager should start investing in it. However, the CEO cautioned that he does not see a lot of investor demand currently. (Reuters)

2. Cuba is finally getting mobile internet.

After recognising the right to buy and sell property this week, Cuba is also, finally, moving into the mobile internet era. They have started to provide internet on mobile phones to a select group of users before rolling out the services across the island by the end of the year. (Reuters)

3. Paintings by robots are becoming pretty impressive.

Robotart is a global competition that aims to bring together art and engineering. This year, 19 teams from all over the world submitted 100 robe-created artworks. Within the competition, neural networks, algorithms and robots have to work together and the winner was an evocative portrait featuring varying degrees of abstraction. (TR)


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