2018, året när Bitcoin och kryptovalutorna kommer dominera nyheterna

När den anonyme Satoshi Nakamoto publicerade sin episka skrift Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System i Oktober 2008 så kom det att starta en mängd innovationer, allt från digitala kryptovalutor som Bitcoin och Etherium till Blockchain, den distribuerade liggaren som håller på att revolutionera den globala handeln och mycket annat, till ICOs, ett nytt sätt för startuföretag att finansiera sin verksamhet till DAppar, decentraliserade apppar som är ett mycket viktigt nytt koncept inom IT-världen.

Och det kommer säkert att komma mängder med nya koncept från Nakamoto-sans uppfinning.

Scott Rosenberg skriver i Wired: 2018: The Year of the Cryptocurrency Craze

Bitcoin was first explained to the public as a form of digital money, and that is how its successors and competitors—like Litecoin, Filecoin, and Ether—have been framed as well. Each of these “currencies” resembles traditional money in certain ways—they’re abstractions of economic value; they can be traded; they each use unique symbols. But none of them is suited to playing the most basic role of currency, as a relatively stable medium of exchange—that is, as a simple way to buy and sell stuff. There’s too much friction involved. Each transaction takes too long, uses too much energy, and involves too many risks. (Bitcoin, for instance, is shockingly easy to lose—one misplaced password and you’re in trouble.)

The biggest problems with Bitcoin have emerged because the mechanics of buying and holding bitcoins are so inscrutable that nearly everyone pays third parties to handle them. Those wallet-service middlemen become points of failure for the whole system. They get hacked; their systems go down; they get ordered by governments and regulators to report transactions that users thought would be anonymous.

In 2018 you can expect to see an escalating competition among providers of these wallet services to earn users’ trust.

En mängd nya koncept och teknologier som kommer att skapa mängder med nya produkter och förhoppningsvis förbättra världen.