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‘Boring’ Blockchain Could Become Mainstream in 2019: MIT

Last Updated April 27, 2023 6:32 AM
Samantha Chang
Last Updated April 27, 2023 6:32 AM

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].”

walmart and carrefour use blockchain to track produce
Walmart and Carrefour are using blockchain technology to track the movement of fresh produce. (Pixabay)

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.

The MIT Technology Review also pointed out that financial institutions are starting to get in on the crypto craze.

“On the cryptocurrency side, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, plans to launch its own digital asset exchange in 2019.

And Fidelity Investments recently created a new company called Fidelity Digital Assets.

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.”

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

As CCN.com 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.”

As blockchain technology continues to gain popularity, it slowly gets involved in all areas of everyday life. For example the online gambling industry has already started to focus on the technology. Cryptocurrency-based games such as Crypto Plinko, Crash Gambling, and Bitcoin Slots are becoming more common, offering players the chance to use Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for betting. Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize the way gambling platforms handle data security and financial transactions, offering a level of anonymity, safety and trust that is hard to match with traditional systems. As the technology becomes more common, it’s likely that we’ll see even more online gambling platforms making use of it.