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!


EP17 - Crypto, Regulators and Digital Central Bank Currencies


My latest episode:

In the latest episode of The Digital Speaker series, I take a look at what's new in the cryptocurrency world exploring some of the latest news and trying to get a clearer vision of what the future holds in the land of crypto. Unfortunately, not all big events can be positive, especially when it comes to the digital sphere as cybercriminals have been around since the dawn of digitalization with hackers and scammers constantly patrolling the metaverse on the prowl for the next victim. Finally, I will cover the various Digital Central Bank Currencies being developed around the world, with China far ahead of the pack. You can view the episode on Vimeo, YouTube or listen to it on Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts or Spotify. If you prefer to read, you can read the article on my website.

Three Useful Nuggets of Information

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

1. Facebook Bets Big on The Metaverse

Mark Zuckerberg wants to become the king of the Metaverse. The Facebook CEO announced the company's intention to hire 10.000 people in the European Union to advance its metaverse vision as well as an investment of $10 billion in the next version of the internet. Clearly, Zuckerberg wants to become the Nolan Sorrento of the immersive internet, which we should prevent at all costs if we want the metaverse to remain open, useful and fun. (The Guardian)

2. All Mastercard merchants will be able to accept crypto soon.

Any merchant that accepts Mastercard will soon also be able to offer customers crypto loyalty rewards thanks to a deal between the payments giant and Bakkt. This is a major push for the mass adoption of crypto. (Decrypt)

3. A parallel internet will launch, only available to gamers.

The company Subspace has built a parallel network using its own networks, hardware and AI to create a parallel internet to enable real-time multiplayer games in the cloud. By doing so, it fixes the network clogging issues the internet faces and which are unacceptable for gamers. (VentureBeat)


The 2021 Epson International Pano Awards

These award-winning panoramic photos are quite something. Below is City Cross, 3rd Place, Open - Built Environment. An aerial view of Hong Kong