In this video, learn the instructor's views on the future of blockchain and hear suggestions for next steps.
- In this course, we've gone deep into the details of blockchain technology. Fundamentally, it's not a difficult concept, but it's implementation gets hairy at times. Blockchain solves longstanding issues with trust and security. Fixing these issues alone could help to usher in the next phase of the internet. But it goes so much further. Blockchain technology completely reinvents how we think about organizational processes and even the way organizations should be organized.
This course was all about getting to grips with how it works and what it may mean to many of us. At this point, you may be convinced that there is a future for blockchain, and you want to be part of that future. Alternatively, you may have concluded it's too early or too speculative. You may have even decided that there's no future for this technology. Any one of these conclusions is acceptable at this point. If you've decided that blockchain is here to stay and it's disruptive power is too great to ignore, then I have a few suggestions for next steps.
If a technical path is appealing, I recommend building your first Solidity-based smart contract on Ethereum. Refer to the Ethereum video earlier on how to get started on that. You should also buy some cryptocurrency. Try also experimenting with identity management. If a business path is more up your alley, elevate this topic in your organization, or spin up an experiment with support from leadership. There is a healthy ecosystem of vendors, including big names, like PWC and IBM, who can help.
There are also lots of boutique businesses that should be considered too. Finally, consider getting involved in a blockchain user group. There are already many organizations beginning to service this area. You can look at BlockchainHub or industry specific groups like the Government Blockchain Association. There are many more. Right now there exists ample opportunity for new voices and first movers. As the industry develops, we need a lot of new talent.
Consider whether you want a career in this space. For the foreseeable future, jobs in blockchain technology will be plentiful and high paying. Thank you for watching, and good luck.
- Blockchain basics
- Public and private keys
- How blockchain enables bitcoin
- Blockchain and the electrical grid
- Blockchain and identity management
- Risks of blockchain