Blockchain is one of those emerging new technologies that is slowly but surely taking over the world. It’s happening much like the internet, in that, it started in niche communities before it ended up completely dominating the current world economy. As it stands, there are a lot of changes that can be expected in the future courtesy of Blockchain that will affect everything from elections to coupon offers.
With the potential impact of Blockchain being a bit difficult to gauge right now, it can be hard to say exactly how much the world’s economy is going to change in the future because of it. However, when it comes to fields that are most likely to be affected, it’s possible to narrow them down to a manageable list.
ValueWalk's Raul Panganiban interviews Kirk Du Plessis, Founder and CEO of Option Alpha, and discuss Option Alpha and his general approach to investing. Q1 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more The following is a computer generated transcript and may contain some errors. Interview with Option Alpha's Kirk Du Plessis
Altering the Meaning of Value
Generally speaking, something only has value if everyone agrees that it does, or at least everyone who has any influence and power. However, this is not as simple as people simply reaching an understanding. To start with, proof of authenticity is required of anything that is supposed to have value so that one thing can’t be mistaken for another. There’s also the matter of insurance, documentation, and so many other factors.
With Blockchain, this arrangement can be taken even further, especially when it comes to providing products and services. For context, anything and everything could be partly owned by anybody and everybody in any part of the world through some sort of shared ownership program. This would not have been possible in the past, but it can be now. From physical objects like guitars to arrangements like when you buy mobile traffic, Blockchain can affect their value quite substantially.
A Shift in Responsibilities
Right now, responsibilities when it comes to running any economy can be numerous, varied, and confusing. With Blockchain, the system can become much more simplified simply by making networks much more transparent. It’s amazing how much red tape can clog up the smooth operation of entire industries that are dedicated to making sure that everyone stays straight.
Blockchain simply removes the necessity of employing precautionary measures that can slow down progress and assigning appropriate responsibilities only to those who are necessary. There is also the matter of responsibilities when it comes to keeping products safe, with Blockchain allowing for the constant monitoring of items wherever they may be.
Overhauling Entire Industries
Industries changes all the time and new ones pop all constantly just as some old markets disappear. With Blockchain, entire industries can be overhauled simply by virtue of the transparency that it offers. Not only will there be new markets to appear, much like how the emergence of the smartphone led to the Apps boom, existing fields will also experience a renaissance in terms of how they operate.
E-commerce will be especially susceptible to these changes, along with security and software services. News ways of conducting elections could also be on the table, with the ability to vote at home being a particularly appealing service that companies can provide. If this comes to pass, it could become especially lucrative.
The Future is Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin has already taken the world by storm last year, but even though the intensity of that storm has fizzled out, so many financial experts are still convinced that cryptocurrency will be a major force in the future. Cryptocurrency works via Blockchain network, which means that its continued existence is virtually guaranteed.
Of course, nothing is set in stone, but probability is a real thing. The probability of cryptocurrency becoming a pillar of the economy of the future is high. Tech companies betting big on the crypto industry growing is one of the biggest proofs of this. Jobs related to Blockchain have also been seeing a boost all over the world, though, this could be indicative of anything.
Finally, Blockchain could have a profound impact in improving security as a whole, whether it’s with regards to the internet or local networks of companies. While this technology is basically a digital ledger network, it also works by not letting data stay in one place. This means that criminals will have a significantly harder time of breaking into the network to commit all kinds of nefarious activities.
Of course, nothing is ever really guaranteed when it comes to criminal endeavors since bigger organizations could always fund campaigns that could cover a significant chunk of the Blockchain network. However, short of making use of quantum computers with the sole purpose of hacking the system, doing so is just next to impossible.
Blockchain is the kind of technological breakthrough that has the potential to make global changes of historic proportions. Its predicted impact on the world economy is big enough that some of the biggest companies are already preparing for it.