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 the Crypto Winter is Good for Blockchain

My latest article:

We are in the midst of a crypto winter. With the market cap of cryptocurrencies having dropped 85% since January 2018, it is clear that the crypto market is not the place to be right now. However, that does not mean that the development of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies has stopped. On the contrary, the blockchain market is growing rapidly at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 80,2% and actually, it is not a bad thing that there is less media attention to over-promising, and often under-delivering, crypto startups. As it seems, the current crypto world is good for blockchain.

Three Useful Nuggets of Information

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

1. A pea-sized device can close holes in infants’ hearts.

Some premature infants have a heart in their hole that needs to be fixed. Researchers have now developed one of the smallest complex medical devices ever invented to fix such holes in infants, and it has been cleared for sale. (Bloomberg)

2. Can we ever build an artificial mind?

Artificial machines that are more intelligent than machines seems science-fiction for most of us. However, there is no risk, however, in the foreseeable future, of superintelligent AIs replacing us. (FT $)

3. Ford to launch blockchain pilot to source ethical cobalt.

60% of the world’s cobalt, a mineral used in lithium-ion batteries, is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which makes it difficult to determine if the cobalt has been sourced ethically. Ford is now turning to blockchain, in collaboration with IBM, to source cobalt ethically. (Forbes)