The f(x) = e^x | DNA Storage and GPT4

Dr Mark van Rijmenam, CSP
3 min readMar 15, 2023

The f(x) = e^x | March 15, 2023 — Vol. 208

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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The Future of Data Storage: DNA Storage

My latest article:

🧬 Imagine a future where all the world’s data fits into a container smaller than a sugar cube! DNA storage is a ground-breaking technology with the potential to revolutionise how we store and access data. Offering high storage capacity, long-term durability, and energy efficiency, it’s an eco-friendly solution that could help organisations reduce their carbon footprint while securely preserving critical information for future generations.

🚀 As demand for secure and sustainable data storage skyrockets, startups like Catalog DNA, Twist Bioscience, and GenScript Biotech Corporation are collaborating with tech giants and research institutions to push DNA storage technology’s boundaries. With diverse applications from long-term archival storage and financial data preservation to disaster recovery and synthetic biology, DNA storage promises a transformative approach to data storage and security.

🔬 Despite challenges like high costs, limited accessibility, and slower read/write speeds, researchers are working tirelessly to make DNA storage more affordable and practical. Compared to other emerging storage technologies like quantum and atomic storage, DNA storage is already used in real-world applications, making it a more accessible and promising solution. Keep an eye on DNA storage as it matures; it’s set to reshape the digital landscape and give organisations a competitive edge. Read the full article here.

Useful Nuggets of Information

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

1. GPT4 has landed, and the internet exploded, again.

GPT-4, OpenAI’s latest AI marvel, has improved creativity and reduced bias, taking both text and images as inputs for richer interactions. The system’s remarkable image-recognition capabilities and enhanced performance in addressing issues like hallucination make it an astonishing development in AI. (The Guardian)

2. However, GPT4 is also power-hungry and a dream for dictators.

According to OpenAI, the new tool will be a lot better a producing realistic, targeted content…that is intended to mislead and favourable to autocratic governments. It also seems capable of creating and acting on long-term plans to accrue power and resources. (AI Explained)

3. Microsoft doubles down on AI and fires its AI ethics team…

Microsoft axed its entire AI ethics and society team, leaving the company without a focused group ensuring AI principles are integrated into product design. This unexpected change raises concerns about responsible AI development amidst the company’s ongoing race to implement AI tools. (Platformer)

4. Meta has ditched NFTs as its pivots to AI.

Meta is discontinuing its work on NFTs for Facebook and Instagram to prioritise other projects that can make a larger impact. As part of the company’s “year of efficiency,” it will shift focus to messaging, monetisation on Reels, and improving Meta Pay. (The Verge)

Storytelling through robotic characters.

Walt Disney revealed a revolutionary new technique of storytelling using creativity and innovation. If you see this, the future is definitely arriving faster than expected!

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Dr Mark van Rijmenam, CSP

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