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Top Emerging Blockchain Technologies To Follow In 2021

Oct 07, 2021


One thing that never goes out of style is change. Much after the beginning of cryptocurrencies, notable developments have changed the global market and pushed it to switch to other alternate modes of payment than using fiat currency, namely Ethereum, Cardano, Litecoin and Bitcoin. Bitcoin is the oldest and most popular one. It has changed the process of creating monetary units and verifying the transfer of funds by facilitating transactions using blockchain technology, thus decentralizing cryptocurrencies.

Now unlike government-issued and bank regulated fiat money, people exchange currencies that are neither issued by anyone government nor regulated by any particular bank. They are also not recorded anymore on old ledgers but the blockchain. For those unaware, blockchains are highly evolved computer networks encrypted through intricate mathematic and elaborate coding.

To understand blockchain development more straightforwardly, it is a shared, unchanging, rigid system of the ledger that eases the process of recording financial transactions and tracking assets in a network of business. Its success lies in its being trustable, reliable, safe and secure because the system accounts the data in a way that makes it a lot complicated for any single party to alter, hack or cheat the system. Each block in the chain then is encoded with multiple transactions. Every time a new transaction takes place on the blockchain, a replica of that record is added to every participant’s ledger.

Many blockchain developers are experimenting worldwide to bring new technologies and trends for better market deployment because of its acutely emerging demand. As a result, the blockchain market has been reported to grow to around $4.94 billion by 2030, with several blockchain development companies exhausting their resource on exploring ideas in the technology. Hence, it is critical to keep a watch on the upcoming trends in blockchain development.

Here are the top emerging trends in blockchain technology -

(1) Federated Blockchain - 

According to industry experts, federated blockchain systems will emerge substantially. It is a form of private blockchain technology. In this form, many institutions can control preselected blockchain nodes, and then these selected groups of nodes further verify the block and proceed with the transaction. Hence, it is more customizable and serves businesses that use the technology for specific cases only. For example, it is ideal for supply chain management, organization record and security, insurance claims and financial services.

(2) Stable Coins - 

It resolves the one disadvantage of other cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum. It does not fluctuate. It is so because, unlike other cryptocurrencies, stable coins are linked to an asset or fiat currency issued by governments like euros, yen or US dollar (presently used), which do not fluctuate as often as other digital currencies. Hence, this trend is anticipated to grow because of the high ups and downs felt by bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, dogecoin, etc.

(3) Security Tokens - 

It solves the challenges created by Initial Coin Offering, which is under no government regulations, which means anyone can launch a coin if they have the technology. And then a majority number of ICOs turn out to be a scam, thus crippling the investor’s trust. This gave rise to Security Token Offering, which is authorized and protects investors from fraudulent means.

(4) Hybrid Blockchain - 

Much like its name, it is a combination of both public and private blockchain. For example, a government that can not become utterly decentralized with public blockchain cannot also use private blockchain as they have to maintain communication for certain services. In this case, hybrid blockchain will work the best for them since they will get transparency and security of private blockchain technology, with ease of communication like in public blockchain technology.

(5) Interoperability - 

This trend excites the developers the most, and for the right reasons. This will allow data sharing and other information across different blockchain platforms and networks to access data quickly and efficiently across the blockchain networks by individuals and institutions.

(6) Content Streaming - 

This will be helpful to the general population who do not conduct business transactions on the blockchain. It will allow significant audio or video streaming platforms to store data in a more secure and accessible manner. It will also reduce the time, a users takes to access files on the internet in case of weak internet connectivity.

(7) Blockchain-As-A-Service - 

By this, a third party can develop and administer cloud-based networks for businesses in the due process of building a blockchain application. Moreover, since it is formulated on the model of ‘Software-as-a-Service’ or SaaS, it allows parties to build, host, and operate their blockchain apps through applying cloud-based solutions. Thus, with the help of Baas, any establishment can build their blockchain application smoothly, efficiently and on a fair expenditure.

Therefore, it is easily interpreted that with the age of digitalization and the further emphasis on it, the Covid-19 pandemic has made blockchain-based systems a boon for both small and big businesses who are trying to adopt blockchain for their management of transactions daily. As blockchain developers are experimenting and exploring the technology more, one must look out for these trends in the market to be ready for the change and leverage them optimally.

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