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Issue #58 – Real Fake

Sander Duivestein
April 05, 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.

Elon Musk Becomes Twitter’s Largest Shareholder

And now? What will this mean for the future of Twitter?

Metaverse and Money: Decrypting the Future

“The Metaverse of the future is likely to encompass more digitally-native tokens, but also embed traditional forms of money. Money in the Metaverse could exist in different forms, i.e., in-game tokens, stablecoins, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), and cryptocurrencies. Current payment rails are usually domestic for real time and expensive cross-border payments making them an imperfect fit for a borderless global Metaverse ecosystem. We expect decentralized finance (DeFi) and existing traditional financial systems to coexist.”
Great report. Over 180 pages of information about the metaverse and how it will change our understanding of money.

The Future of Work Is Distributed

Mark Zuckerberg — Founder and CEO of Meta | The Tim Ferriss Show

Facebook is taking remote work “to the extreme”. In an interview for Tim Ferriss’s podcast released last week, Mr. Zuckerberg called out “the rise of distributed work” as perhaps the most significant societal trend he is seeing now.
Also read this WSJ article.

The Great Resignation Is Taking Root Around The World

“Two years since Covid-19 disrupted lives around the planet, the United States doesn’t have a monopoly on the factors driving ”The Great Resignation“. Dissatisfaction with working conditions, uninspiring jobs and bad bosses has gone global, as has a desire to seek out a better deal from companies short on staff. The data for other markets often lags. But the latest figures now show that resignations have jumped in the United Kingdom, Australia and France, too. And while experts say a wave of quitting hasn’t materialized in countries like Germany and Singapore, surveys indicate workers there are also eying the exits.”

Virtual reality can induce mild and transient symptoms of depersonalization and derealization, study finds

Depersonalization and derealization tended to be higher immediately after gaming

“What our study shows is that half an hour of VR use can induce mild symptoms of depersonalization and derealization, which, however, do not reach clinically significant levels and are only evident directly after VR use,” Braun told PsyPost.
However, Braun noted that “whether long-term depersonalization and derealization symptoms can also occur, and to what extent long-term VR use leads to an intensification or attenuation of depersonalization and derealization symptoms, is still unclear and requires further investigation.” Read the full coverage of this study at PsyPost.

TikTok-Related Tics—and Other Disorders

“Tourette videos posted on the platform continue to draw many viewers, and doctors say teen girls keep showing up at their offices with functional neurological issues.

This is getting out of control.

MUST WATCH: David Beckham Is Global Ambassador for DigitalBits
David Beckham – Global Ambassador for DigitalBits.

MUST WATCH – Welcome to LFC Heroes Club

Welcome to LFC Heroes Club

MUST WATCH: Welcome To Synthesia

Welcome to Synthesia


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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