Blockchain Technology as the Operating System of the Digital Age
What’s remarkable about the digital revolution is not how much it’s changed business and society, but how quickly the underlying infrastructure and applications have evolved. In a few short years, massive online communities like Linux and Wikipedia and social networks like Twitter and Facebook transformed the Internet from a space for posting information to a global platform for collaborating on any conceivable shared interest or pursuit.
The first era of the digital age spanned mainframes, minicomputers, the personal computer, the Internet, the world wide web, social media, mobility, the cloud, and big data. We’re now entering a second era where digital technologies permeate everything. Such inventions as machine learning, robotics, drones, software robots or “bots,” process automation, and additive manufacturing are accelerating new types of platforms on which to build digital engines of the global economy.
This second era has weighty implications for enterprise strategy and architecture. New business models will disrupt most industries and provide platforms for innovation for decades to come. This book looks at blockchain technologies as foundational to the governance and widespread adoption of these innovations — digital identities, data analytics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, distributed energy infrastructure, and quantum computing. Every organization can finally become a truly digital entity if its leaders are prepared. This book is designed to prepare them for the waves of creative destruction ahead.
It is the third book in the Blockchain Research Institute Enterprise Series. This series includes: Supply Chain Revolution and Financial Services Revolution.