How can I be so optimistic in the face of a major FUD campaign, impending government regulation, and a host of other things that people point to as the reason why Steem and the entire crypto world will fail?
The answer is simple: the Internet is changing and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.
To quickly recap, we saw the original web which is now called Web 1.0. It was a static communications platform with text as the means of interaction.
Web 2.0 is also known as the advent of social media. This enabled the use of audio and video along with other means of interaction. The upvoting mechanism along with other features enabled two-way communication.
Just like the shift from Web 1.0 to 2.0 could not be stopped, neither can the next transition. The difference this time is that it is not an online, flat world that is seeing the change.
Web 3.0 is going to blend the physical and digital worlds. They are no longer going to be separate like they are now. There was a time when we had to log on to the Internet. In the last decade, primarily due to the emergence of the smartphone, we are connected all the time. This is only going to accelerate as more devices come out designed to integrate the two realms.
We are going to see a Spatial Internet through the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality devices. The two are going to combine together to provide us with real time data in the physical realm. We also are going to see a virtual realm established which is going to offer more opportunities of value than the physical world does.
Blockchain and cryptocurrency are not going to disappear. In fact, they are going to experience massive growth over the next half decade. This is all part of a larger technological shift which will remake society. It will first start with the online world and them move further outwards as more people embrace what is created.
People are sometimes baffled when I tell them the most common thing I see disappearing over the next decade is screens. We are not going to view "into" the Internet via a flat surface. Instead, it will be everywhere. Online and offline will merge.
Blockchain is going to be a big part of this transformation because it provides a layer of transparency not present with the existing centralized structures. At the same time, we are going to see people losing more faith in the establishment meaning another alternative will be sought. I believe that "other" will be decentralization.
The other aspect to this is control of one's data. This is a topic that will only increase in debate in coming years. People will wake up to the fact that not only is their data not secure, others are being paid for it. Again, the early adopters will lead the way here. Imagine telling your relatives that you get paid for your data which they give away for free. Do you think they would ask how you do it?
Viewed in this light, when it is mentioned that Steem will "tokenize the Internet", it carries a different meaning. The Internet is expanding from something we look into. In a few short years, it will be something we are a part of. The Internet will not be 2D but, rather, a full 3D immersion of our world.
If you want to learn a bit more about this, look up Spatial Computing, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Edge Computing, Holograms, and Internet Of Things. All this will provide you with a rough foundation of what technologies are converging together.
This is what I feel each of us is a part of. That is the big secret. I can tell you those buffoons at the SEC or in Congress have no idea this is taking place. They look at cryptocurrency like it is an asset similar to what they dealt with before. They fail to realize that there is a much bigger system being erected and it is not just one technology doing it.
With technology, it is imperative to train oneself to keep stepping back to grasp the entire picture. It is easy to get lost in the minute when the grand is taking place. Steem has a ton going for it and is involved in a much larger shift. When one understands this, some of the issues that seem crucial tend to be minimized.
Each day, these views keep getting reaffirmed in my daily reading as I surf the world of tech.
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