‘Boring’ Blockchain Could Become Mainstream in 2019: MIT



  • Blockchain — which has been hailed as a game-changing technology that could revolutionize whole industries — will be so commonplace in 2019 that it’ll become “boring,” according to the MIT Technology Review.

    “In 2017, blockchain technology was a revolution that was supposed to disrupt the global financial system,” the Technology Review claimed. “In 2018, it was a disappointment. In 2019, it will start to become mundane.”

    MIT observed that distributed ledger technology has been widely praised for its potential to transform healthcare, banking, supply chain management, and even the entertainment industry.

    Major Push By Walmart and Wall Street

    MIT said the move to normalize blockchain in 2019 is being facilitated by mega-corporations like Walmart and by institutional momentum building on Wall Street.

    “Walmart has been testing a private blockchain system for years as a food supply tracker,” the Technology Review noted. “It says it will start using the system next year and has instructed its suppliers of leafy greens to join by September [2019].”

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    This follows a similar move by French grocery mega-chain Carrefour, which is using blockchain to improve food safety by tracking chicken, eggs, and tomatoes as they travel from farms to stores.

    Carrefour — Europe’s largest retailer with over 12,000 locations around the world — says blockchain can help it detect and prevent outbreaks of salmonella linked to eggs and poultry, which are a major problem in the food industry.

    A recent report indicates that the auto industry is also betting big on blockchain. Auto executives believe that the blockchain promise of secure, traceable transactions and improved transparency of information can streamline supply chain management.

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    All of these moving pieces suggest that notwithstanding the current Crypto Winter, the industry is laying the foundation toward mainstream adoption.

    Overstock CEO: Blockchain Revolution Is Here

    This is why Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne is exiting the retail business — so he can focus exclusively on blockchain.

    “The blockchain revolution has a greater potential than anything we’ve seen in history,” Byrne told Fox Business. “It’s bigger than the Internet revolution, how it’s going to restructure society.”

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    Accordingly, Byrne has invested in 19 blockchain companies. One of those ventures involves a $6 million investment in an open-source, blockchain-based crypto social network called Minds.

    As CCN reported, Minds is a blockchain-based alternative to Facebook, Twitter, and the Google-owned YouTube that promises strict user privacy and absolutely no censorship.

    Patrick Byrne vows that 2019 will be a groundbreaking year. “You will see blockchain really start coming out with products into the world,” he said. “You’ll see blockchain products in Q1.”



  • Interested to see how common blockchain will be, even to the commonfolk.



  • Even the entertainment industry, huh.



  • Ooo a blockchain-based crypto social network. With no censorship? That's something we've got to see.



  • How groundbreaking is 2019 going to be? We shall wait and see.



  • @elixir That is something to look forward to. Zero censorship is going to be difficult.



  • Ah, food safety is on their minds too, that's a great move on Carrefour's part.


 

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