Interesting trends in 2023 (+ a personal update)
Generative AI, precision fermentation, vulnerability, favorite books and series 📺
First of all: a happy new year!
What does 2023 have to offer? I wrote two articles on my blog about it:
a preview to 2023 with interesting technological developments and more;
a review of 2022 of my business and personal life (and my plans for 2023).
In this newsletter I share a few insights from these articles.
Have fun reading!
PS. If you understand Dutch, you can listen to my conversation with Susan about these topics in our podcast: Supermens episode 124. 🎧
Trend 2023: AI, precision fermentation & climate
What are the most relevant and exciting trends for 2023? I am fascinated by technological developments, such as automation, generative AI, synthetic biology and precision fermentation.
But not only technology is relevant. What is going on around climate change and what are social themes?
Bonus: I interviewed four experts about their vision for 2023, namely: Thomas D'hooge and Lien De Ruyck (about multiple futures and the climate), Stefan Buijsman (about the ethics of artificial intelligence) and Marjolein Pijnappels (about birth stories and our ecosystem).
You can read our conversations here!
What are my plans for 2023 and how was 2022? It was a good year for business: from webinars for the top of L'Oreal Poland and the Baltic States, to workshops with Dutch Police and lectures in special places.
A lot has also happened in my private life. Two things stand out: the fragility of life and hiking with our son Hidde.
Read my new article: A personal update about 2023 ☘️
Favorites of 2022
Finally, I share my favorite books, series and movie from the past year.
1. READ / Last year I started reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy. With fantasy books I always have a bit of trouble getting started, because it takes a while to get into the world and magic of the writer.
But this was a delight: a compelling story with unexpected plot twists, compelling characters and deeper layers. Thanks Reinier Ladan for the tip!
2. READ / Four thousand. That's the number of weeks you have on Earth when you live for 80 years. Oliver Burkeman's book 4,000 Weeks makes me realize how little that really is.
However, this book is not depressing at all. The book helps you prioritize and make choices about where you want to give your precious time and attention. It is not yet another book about how to become even more productive and get even more out of life.
For example, this is a quote from the book:
Productivity is a trap. As you become more and more productive, you also become more and more hurried (and lonelier, as we shall see). If you try to get rid of all your chores, your agenda will only fill up faster. No one has ever managed to balance 'work' and 'life'.
3. WATCH / I was hooked on the brilliant series Severance (8.7 on IMDb) last year. The idea: on a voluntary basis, employees of a fictitious biotech company can have a chip inserted that creates a hard separation (severance) between office hours and your personal life.
Wonderful to watch: good acting, spectacular design & cool intro. Season 2 has been announced, and I cannot wait!
4. WATCH / The movie that surprised me the most last year is Top Gun: Maverick (8.4 on IMDb). The original Top Gun is a kind of childhood sentiment for me. When I saw the film as a twelve-year-old boy, I dreamed of becoming a jet fighter pilot.
The new movie is much better. It even includes a dialogue about the future of manned aircraft versus unmanned drones with artificial intelligence.
But I'm mainly a fan because of the magnificent maneuvers with the planes, good casting (also more diverse than the original) and a better story.
🙏 Thank you for reading
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