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!


What is a Security Token Offering (STO) and Could it Replace the ICO?

My latest article:

The era of the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is over. It was a great run, but the fun is over. While the idea of using a token to raise funds offers a lot of benefits, ICOs also have a lot of disadvantages, particularly for the investor who receives no securities for their money. Apart from the many scammers that flooded the market, creating an ICO is quickly becoming too expensive and too difficult with upcoming regulations. It is, therefore, not a surprise that a new funding model appears. The Security Token Offering (STO) is here, and we will see a big rise in STOs in the coming years. Especially, because depending on how it is structured, the STO provides a lot of benefits for issuer, investors and regulators.


Three Useful Nuggets of Information

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

1. Can court rulings be automated? China thinks so.

Chinese courts are turning to AI to standardise judgements for similar cases. China’s Supreme People’s Court has been promoting the system of “similar judgments for similar cases”, and AI seems to be quite useful for that. (The Diplomat)

2. Is digisexuals the new sexual identity?

Increasingly, people are falling in love with robots and avatars. We might me moving from falling in love through your phone to falling in love with your phone. (NY Times)

3. Japan is starting the world’s largest crypto experiment.

Would people stop using cash and instead use a cryptocurrency for their daily payments? Japan is about to find out as they aim to move away from cash. With 200k ATMs and annual costs of $18 billion, Japan believes crypto could be the answer. (MIT)