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Blockchain 2022 - What’s Next?
Applying blockchain to far broader purposes than just creating cryptocurrency will undoubtedly continue into 2022. As with most technology, its adaptation and adoption are likely to compound and improve old and new problems. Over this past year, we witnessed blockchain’s growth in digital art, smart contracts, security, logistics, and identity protection, to name a few. What can we expect from blockchain in 2022? The current trends provide some insight.
Blockchain Trends for 2022
According to the website techjury.com, spending on blockchain solutions by businesses is forecast to hit $11.7 billion in 2022. This is up from a projected $6.6 billion in 2021. This Could fuel growth opportunities for investors as well as businesses.
The following are the expected trends that will be driving this massive growth, along with insight on how it may impact our day-to-day lives.
Compelling Blockchain Statistics
Greening of Blockchain
There is increasing concern as to the amount of energy consumed in blockchain operations. In a world where ESG investing and compliance is solidly in favor, the expanded use of carbon-emitting energy would seem to be moving in an adverse direction. Earlier in 2021 Tesla had even stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment because the environmental impact stood in sharp contrast to the cars they sell. In 2022 there is expected to be a greenification of blockchain.
How can blockchain be made cleaner? One way is developing less energy-consuming blockchain technology. Energy consumption is generally lowest in proof-of-stake (POS) algorithms and highest in proof-of-work (POW).
Etherium has plans to move to a POS model during 2022. Cathie Wood, Founder and CEO of Ark Invest, believes it will help lead the way to cleaner energy. The thought process is that growing demand for energy will lead to greater investments in renewable energy alternatives; this would then be used for other applications in addition to blockchains.
NFTs Not Just Art
Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) became very talked-about in blockchain news this year. The big “oh wow” came from the attention given to an astronomical price paid for some digital artwork on this still-new medium. The sale created headlines and woke many of us up to the idea that unique digital tokens residing on blockchains could lead to many kinds of asset ownership (not just currencies). Contracts to license sports digital images began a high-tech extension of the sports cards industry.
Blockchain adaptation within the music world also sprang up and should continue its massive growth into next year. Kings of Leon and Jacques Greene are among the artists that forayed into this medium.
In 2021 Distillers William Grant and Son sold bottles of 46-year-old Glenfiddich whiskey at $18,000 per bottle alongside NFTs used to prove each bottle's origin.
NFTs in gaming is a natural that is taking off. The game Axie Infinity allows players to "mint" their own NFT creatures to send into battle. Nike and Dolce & Gabbana offer clothing and footwear that come with their own NFTs. The metaverse that has recently become part of the general publics' vernacular with Facebook’s, and Microsft’s announced involvement, will provide opportunities not yet envisioned for blockchain NFT creation.
National Acceptance of Cryptocurrencies
During the Summer of 2021, El Salvador became the first nation to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. Bitcoin can now be accepted across the country to pay for goods and services, and businesses can even use it to pay wages. Countries as large and as influential as the U.S. are exploring the possibility or method by which they will introduce digital currency.
National cryptocurrency, where the central bank creates tokens they monitor and control, (rather than adopting existing crypto), is an area where growth in blockchain use could surpass expectations in 2022. It’s expected that digital and traditional currency would co-exist and perhaps trade on a 1:1 basis. While the UK Britcoin is unlikely to launch during 2022, other countries, including China, Singapore, and Tunisia have already dipped a toe in the water, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and Estonia are said to be right behind them.
The Internet of Things“If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things—using data they gathered without any help from us—we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling, and whether they were fresh or past their best.” - Kevin Ashton, credited with coining the IoT
Blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Blockchain is highly compatible with IoT. The reason, of course, is that it is great for recording interactions and transactions between machines. Potentially it can solve more problems than created involving security, scalability, encryption, and permanence through the nature of blockchain ledgers. It could even be used for machine-to-machine transactions – enabling micropayments to be made via cryptocurrencies when one machine or network needs services from another.
The infrastructure that will help move these networking advancements forward is the 5G rollout now underway. It will bring greater connectivity between all smart networked equipment and machines. New data is expected to emerge from IoT and used to continually improve efficiency.
Blockchain in Vaccine Production and Tracking
Blockchain technology could improve vaccine safety in many ways. It would be particularly useful in distribution and tracking. In April of this year, Pfizer reported instances of counterfeit Covid 19 shots. Blockchain properties make it now possible to authenticate pharmaceutical shipments, and the distribution can be traced to ensure they are arriving at their intended locations.
The integrity of pharmaceuticals through the entire supply chain can also be tracked. For example, to guarantee that batches of medicines were consistently stored at the correct temperature throughout distribution. IBM has already developed a system to coordinate between the many different and varied agencies and healthcare authorities involved with vaccine distribution using blockchain.
Technology in the modern world has been leading to improved living standards and enhanced lives for well over a hundred years. One of the “front-burner” technologies that will be improving our lives over the coming decade is blockchain’s capabilities. As with other new technology, most future uses haven’t been envisioned yet (ie: the inventor of the wheel hadn’t thought of its use on electric vehicles). For investors, this could lead to the kind of opportunities we experienced throughout the computer revolution from the 1990’s until today. These investment opportunities are likely to be filled with life-changing opportunities to grow wealth, and even bad opportunities to chase after values that have gotten ahead of themselves.
One way to help evaluate these opportunities is to visit Channelchek’s research and data section and type in “blockchain.”
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