The f(x) = e^x | The Big Crunch of 2025 and slowing down AI

Dr Mark van Rijmenam, CSP
3 min readMar 23, 2023

The f(x) = e^x | March 23, 2023 — Vol. 209

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.

You can visit The Digital Speaker to book me as a keynote speaker for your next event. Did you know that I recently became a Global Speaking Fellow — a designation only awarded to a very select group of speakers (currently, less than 40 speakers hold this title globally)? Finally, don’t forget to read my top ten technology trends for 2023 if you want to know what is in store for this year.

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Encryption and Quantum Computing — Fighting the Big Crunch of 2025

My latest article:

The digital apocalypse is looming as quantum computing advances at breakneck speed, threatening to leave current encryption methods in the dust. Picture this: disrupted operations, tangled supply chains, and an avalanche of data loss. The Big Crunch 2025 could be closer than we think! ⏰

The secret weapon of quantum computers? Shor’s algorithm. It’s theoretically capable of cracking encryption staples like RSA, ECC, and DSA. The challenge is ON to develop quantum-resistant cryptography that’s not only robust but also seamlessly integrates with our existing digital infrastructure.

The clock is ticking, and organisations must act NOW to protect their data. Embracing post-quantum cryptography is not just a savvy strategy; it’s an urgent necessity. Let’s join forces to shield our digital world from the Big Crunch! Continue reading here.

Useful Nuggets of Information

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

1. Slowing down AI might be good for humanity.

Slowing down AI development could allow society to adapt to existing systems and give experts time to conduct safety research and develop regulations to prevent harm. The power of AI has grown exponentially in the past year. It may be time to stop and think before we move on. (Vox)

2. A tragically hilarious vortex of algorithm-induced sadness.

TikTok users can get stuck in a loop of emotional pet-loss content, which offers comfort for some but distresses others. Moving the algorithm in a different direction is difficult. (The Atlantic)

3. Why Midjourney images of Trump’s arrest are fake & dangerous.

AI-generated images of Donald Trump’s arrest circulating on social media are fake, but identifying them requires attention to detail. As AI-generated images become more convincing, social media platforms may need to re-evaluate their policies on synthetic content and help users navigate the world of generative AI. (Wired)

4. Just like ChatGPT, Generative AI fraud is also booming.

Generative AI fraud is a growing threat, and while it cannot be stopped entirely, adopting a layered approach and constantly adapting can help keep criminals guessing. (Fast Company)

The Dangers of Generative AI

A few weeks ago, I delivered a keynote during TMRW Dubai titled Unleashing the Generative AI: A Brave New Metaverse or Nightmare Scenario. In this clip, I discuss the dangers of the convergence of generative AI and the metaverse and what we can do about it.

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Dr Mark van Rijmenam, CSP

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