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Issue #55 – Real Fake

Sander Duivestein
March 15, 2022

On the 15th of October our book “Real Fake – Playing with Reality in the Age of AI, Deepfakes and the Metaverse” has been released. It is our take on synthetic media, deepfakes, fake news, conspiracy theories, memes, internet culture, Generation Z and Alpha, crypto, narrative economics, virtual humans, CGI influencers, vTubers, NFTs, DAOs, VR, Web3, the Creator Economy and the Metaverse. Real Fake is about how humans continuously manipulate reality and how new digital technology tools enable us to go one step further in this ancient game.

Reality Intrudes On A Utopian Crypto Vision

“The cryptocurrency boom has spawned enterprises democratically governed by a community of users. Or that’s the theory. Making it work has been much messier.”

Are DAOs the future of organizations? This article describes how the reality of setting up and running these DAOs has often been complicated.

NFT Superyacht On Sale For $100 Million

An NFT superyacht worth $95,000,000 is set to go on sale – with the purchaser also receiving a physical copy of the 63metre vessel. Called Project Metaverse, the yacht is set to be the most expensive NFT ever sold. The new design has been produced by Cloud Yachts, the first digital yacht dealer in the metaverse.”

TikTok Has Become A Dangerous Breeding Ground For Mental Disorders

“A new group of social media stars are surging on TikTok: Mental health influencers. Most of them are teen girls and young women who post videos of themselves experiencing symptoms, like Tourette’s tics or rapid switches from one personality to another due to borderline personality disorder. Others, often without any medical credentials, post videos that help viewers “self-diagnose” their own mental conditions. These videos are getting billions of views. On TikTok alone, the hashtag #BPD (borderline personality disorder) has 3.7 billion views, #bipolar 2 billion, and #DID (dissociative identity disorder) another 1.5 billion.”

MUST WATCH: Amy Webb Launches 2022 Emerging Tech Trend Report
Amy Webb Launches 2022 Emerging Tech Trend Report

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MUST WATCH: Introducing LiveStory: Make Your Family Photos Speak

Introducing LiveStory: Make Your Family Photos Speak


Real Fake is a weekly newsletter in which SogetiLabs’s Research Institute VINT examines the future where synthetic reality becomes part or our objective reality. We investigate the impact of new technology on people, organisations and our society. If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at

About the author

Trend Watcher – New Media, Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Sander Duivestein (1971) is a highly acclaimed and top-rated trendwatcher, an influential author, an acclaimed keynote speaker, a digital business entrepreneur, and a strategic advisor on disruptive innovations. His main focus is the impact of new technologies on people, businesses and society.


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