Our political, economic, as well as legal environment structures itself in the form of contracts, transactions, and its record. It is a system as old as time with evidence of world’s first civilizations too creating a system to keep track. Along with verifying identities and making a note of the exchange, these records serve as history also in many ways.
However, these systems that held on for centuries are shaking in the face of digital transformation. The processes have just not been able to keep up with the pace with which the world is evolving. In this digital era, like most things, the way we maintain these tools along with its execution also needs to change.
Where does Blockchain come into the picture?
Experts believe that blockchain is the solution. Blockchain, as a technology, resides at the crux of Bitcoin along with what’ve now become other virtual cryptocurrencies. In layman’s words, blockchain is a distributed ledger. Being open, it records peer-to-peer transactions without including third-party intermediaries. It promises data immutability along with its permanency. Verifiable data and records form the network. In fact, as the technology evolves, there are concepts such as ‘Smart Contracts’ that can even trigger transactions automatically.
What’s all the Hype About?
More than anything else, blockchain shows a glimpse of the world could be. A system wherein transactions are recorded, stored, and verified on a digital network. Every record has a timestamp along with a signature, and no data can be tempered with, recreated, or in any way corrupted. A self-sustaining system to the point where intermediaries like lawyers, brokers, and bankers will not be needed anymore. Different parties will transact directly with another with little or no friction whatsoever. That is the vision that blockchain promises.
Will Blockchain Live up to the Expectations?
By now, every business has heard that Blockchain will revolutionize everything in the coming few years. Moreover, while we share the vision of this technology, we think we might overstretching our expectations from Blockchain. Not only blockchain as a technology is in its nascent stage, but there are also security issues that seriously need to be pondered upon. However, the critical thing is that blockchain is a foundational technology. By foundational technology, we mean that several other structures (political, legal, financial) can be evolved and created with it. However, that just might take decades.
So, what should we expect from Blockchain?
There’s little doubt about the potential that this technology holds. In fact, in some industries like finance and healthcare, we already see its impact. The future result will be even more enormous; however, it will not happen next year or even in five years. It will take its own time to slowly but steadily seep into all our structures for good and to change it from within. So while we continue to marvel at the potential, we should also continue to innovate and explore it at this stage.
The blockchain is here to stay. However, the world needs to start small to correctly understand and structure how and in what ways do we want to evolve Blockchain. The level of development of it will also depend on how effectively it adapts to the ever-changing need of multiple industries. For now, we know that blockchain is going to affect both your business and your world. As for when – the time will have to tell.