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Eight Ways Blockchain Will Impact The World Beyond Cryptocurrency

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  • Eight Ways Blockchain Will Impact The World Beyond Cryptocurrency

    From banking and secure communications to healthcare and ride-sharing, blockchain will have a huge impact on our future. Of course, to understand how blockchain will change the world, you first need to understand how it works.

    Have you ever purchased coffee or produce that is labeled as a fair trade product? How can you trust that information? What about when you meet someone on a dating website? How do you know they’re really the 35-year-old startup founder and wakeboarder that they say they are?

    Society today is filled with uncertainty and trust issues -- and with valid reason. To be sure your purchase is really helping a coffee bean farmer in Ethiopia or that your date is actually who they say they are, you’d need a system with strong security where records are stored and facts are verified by many witnesses so that no one could cheat it.

    Blockchain: Simplified

    This type of system is called blockchain. No central person or company owns it. Rather, information is stored across a system of many personal computers so that there is no middleman. It’s decentralized and distributed so that no one person can take it down or corrupt it. However, anyone can use the system and help run it, as information is protected through cryptography.

    It’s essentially an ever-growing list of transactions (listed in blocks) that are verified, permanently recorded and linked in chronological order. For most users, the beauty of blockchain will be in the unknown. Just as most of us are unaware of how 4G technology works or how silicon is processed to produce central processing units, we continue to use our smartphones on a daily basis. Similarly, blockchain will be a perfect “backstage” to many changing technologies and will impact the way we educate, manage, consume, govern and communicate.

    How Blockchain Will Change the World

    Banking and Payments: Not only does blockchain allow anyone to exchange money faster, more efficiently and more securely (see bitcoin currency), but many banks are already working on adopting blockchain technology to improve their transactions.

    • Cybersecurity: All data is verified and encrypted in blockchain using advanced cryptography, making it resistant to unauthorized changes and hacks. Centralized servers can be very susceptible to data loss, corruption, human error and hacking. Just look at the many hacks we’ve seen in the past few years with Target, Verizon, Deloitte and Equifax. Using a blockchain decentralized, distributed system would allow data storage in the cloud to be more robust and protected against attacks.

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