The f(x) = e^x | 10 tech trends for 2023 🚀

Dr Mark van Rijmenam, CSP
4 min readDec 21, 2022

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The f(x) = e^x | December 21, 2022 — Vol. 197

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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Top 10 Technology Trends for 2023: The Year of Digital Disruption

My latest article:

It is that time of the year again, with my annual trend prediction for the next year, which is already the 11th edition. What can we expect in 2023, and how will the technology industry shape our world?

Digital technologies will continue to converge in the coming year and cause more disruption at all levels of society. As such, I have dubbed 2023 the Year of Digital Disruption. Those consumers, organisations and governments that embrace this disruption will do well; those that oppose it will face harsh times.

In 2023, we can expect an acceleration in the use of technologies within our businesses and our private lives. VR will become more advanced and might see its iPhone moment with Apple joining the game. NFTs and Web3 will continue to evolve, and more advanced language models will disrupt the content industry. With that, generative AI will drive the metaverse, which will hopefully be an open metaverse driven by more sustainable blockchain technology.

All these new technologies will require consumers and employees to become digitally literate, if anything, to prevent even more cybercrime. Finally, RPA will make our jobs much easier, and ClimateTech will, hopefully, make it greener.

As the pace of technological and societal change accelerates, it becomes more important than ever to know what lies ahead. With technology becoming so disruptive, this has become more important than ever. Adapt and embrace this digital disruption or go home. Read the full article here.

Useful Nuggets of Information

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

1. A quest to create a digital Nomadland. 🩴

In 2020, Gonçalo Hall, a digital nomad, approached the government of Madeira, an island in Portugal, with the idea of establishing it as a hub for digital nomads. The government saw the potential for economic growth and agreed to work with Hall to create an infrastructure and network to support nomads living and interacting with locals in the area. The results are mixed. (Wired)

2. Vacuum voyeur: intimate moments end up on Facebook.

A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet and sent the images to Scale AI, a startup that labels data for artificial intelligence training. Instead, they ended up on Facebook, showcasing the risks associated with the global supply chain for data from internet-connected devices. (MIT)

3. Find your next AI sidekick to simplify your life.

Generative AI is the hottest thing on the internet at this moment. Used correctly, it can make your life easier and more effective. Here is an ever-growing list of AI tools that will change your life (Futurepedia)

4. Santa’s on the move: NORAD’s got the inside scoop. 🎅🏻

Ho ho ho! Get ready for some holiday magic with the NORAD Santa tracker! This annual tradition brings together thousands of volunteers and advanced technology to keep you updated on the jolly old man’s real-time location. With an average of 1,500 helpers and over 150,000 calls from curious kids worldwide, this holiday tradition (which started by accident in 1955) is not to be missed. (Insider)

Future Visions: A human-machine collaboration on the potential of technology

Technology has certainly come a long way, and it is remarkable that in 2022 we can use an off-the-shelf language model to write a readable book. Of course, there are many books for sale online written by AI, but up until now, most were unreadable. As an experiment, I wrote, edited and designed my fifth book with AI. ChatGPT is a powerful tool if used correctly, but it is not the holy grail for creativity and innovation. Find out for yourself with the Kindle now available for free on Amazon!

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Dr Mark van Rijmenam, CSP

Strategic futurist keynote speaker and author who captivates audiences with insights on AI, blockchain and the metaverse - TheDigitalSpeaker.com