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!


The Metaverse – What is it and what does it mean for business and society – EP16


My latest episode:

In this episode, I explore more of the world I exist in, the Metaverse. Looking into where it was, where it is, and more importantly, where it is going. From virtual real estate and real-life virtual spaces to battle royal social spaces selling digital fashion and copyright infringements for Roblox, I aim to look into every corner of this digital world, shining a light on exactly what is going on and taking a closer look at what all of these ones and zeros mean for our public and private lives.

Hopefully, by taking a closer look at this new frontier, we will get a better understanding of what it means for our professional and personal lives and how the metaverse will change our society.

Watch the episode on YouTube, Vimeo, listen on Anchor.fm or Spotify or read the transcript on my website.


Three Useful Nuggets of Information

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

1. Invite Amazon to your home, everywhere, any time.

Last week, Amazon released multiple gadgets to invade your home even further. You can now buy a friendly home robot on wheels - called Astro, a digital pinboard for the family, an interactive device for kids - called Glow, an exercise and health tracker - called Halo View, a smart thermostat and, to top it all of, a flying security camera. Don't worry about the privacy and surveillance issues, though... (CNN)

2. Your location data is worth $12 billion.

It is no secret that companies are buying up our location data en masse. Then it also shouldn't be a surprise that this is a $12 billion market, though it does seem not right that others are monetizing our movements to such an extend. (The Markup)

3. Looking for a new stove? Maybe opt for lasers.

Engineers at Columbia University 3D-printed chicken breast and cooked it to precision with lasers. Their system can simultaneously produce and heat food with precision. Goodbye stove. (Wired)