Before writing this article I asked some people what crypto meant to them. I can divide their answers into two groups:
- The first one is from the people with knowledge and experience in crypto, they answered: “a decentralized technology able to remove middle-men,”
- and the second group has almost zero knowledge about topics like bitcoin, investments, and economy.
Their answers are biased. How much the price of cryptocurrencies falls is the only thing in the news and that is what people who are not related to the crypto world see.
Crypto is about the future and we need to talk about it.
Many people have heard about cryptocurrencies, speculate about them, and try to encourage more people to join the ecosystem. They have bought some cryptocurrency because they heard about it on social media and read the popular title “Buy this coin and you will be a millionaire tomorrow”.
I believe that Crypto is not just the Bitcoin price, finance, or people creating their own cryptocurrencies and convincing others to buy them.
Is not just about prices
There is a group of people who have deep knowledge about crypto, some are advanced users, others work full time on blockchain-related projects (also called web3 projects). Because this group has been building projects since the beginning of crypto and the first use cases were related to finance, there is one topic that most of their conversations are about: Decentralized Finance. DeFi is perhaps the most important topic both in our daily lives and for our future. But we should not stop talking about this, there are other reasons to pay attention to crypto and we need to start talking about those.
There are many industries where crypto (including blockchain and cryptography techniques) can be applied and talking only about one use case (DeFi) will make people focus only on that. It is necessary to show people that crypto is not just about prices, and discuss with them how the technology can be applied in their field. There will be more opportunities to leverage the tech in different fields.
Crypto is the future
Talking about decentralized finance is great, but it is not the future, it is already the present, it needs a lot of improvement, but it is here and helping people.
Crypto is here to help empower the users to have control over their assets, from money to data.
We need to encourage people to understand how to use crypto, and when I say “understand,” I am not talking about understanding how blockchain and cryptography work, because we drive cars and most of us don’t have any idea how they work, but we understand that transporting ourselves quickly is crucial to achieve more in our daily lives.
Many entrepreneurs and developers are building solutions with technologies related to blockchain, but it’s not even close to what is needed to improve our future. All of them (me included) believe that crypto is the future.
It is necessary to talk about technology and DeFi in different conversations.
It’s essential to spread the seeds and help create conversations in many places. If we want to introduce the next billion users, we need to talk about how we are going to do it.
We need to start thinking and talking about how crypto can impact different fields. Without thinking too much, it is easy to imagine the technology applied in fields like:
- Healthcare: the medical industry has suffered greatly from the inability to securely share and access sensitive patient data.
- Security: when users own their assets and information, they will need to store their personal data securely and easily.
- Law: as Kleros does using blockchain and crowd-sourcing to fairly arbitrate disputes.
- Social media: running away from centralized social apps and their censorship power, we will need decentralized social networks, like the ones Lens is helping to build.
- Data storage: how much information do you save in centralized entities and how do you know what they do with your information?
- Digital rights: piracy has brought incalculable losses to image creators, which is particularly prominent in areas such as news, design, photography, and e-commerce.
Just by thinking for a few seconds about it we realize that we are talking about years and years of work, but we need to start from somewhere, and speaking about how to implement it is the first step.
A single program is not enough
What makes me happier than ever is knowing that the Ethereum Foundation supports more things rather than just finance.
They launched the Fellowship Program that helps projects to “become a tool of and for the next billion – whether it is a decentralized application, a community-building initiative, or a piece of research”. I think it’s awesome to see one of the most influential foundations helping to improve the future.
But a single program is not enough. More people need to join the Ethereum Foundation and help them to reach the next billion in any way possible.
The first step to the future
We need to see beyond what it’s in front of us now.
We need to talk about other opportunities that crypto brings to the world, how this new technology can improve the lives of the future generations.
The world of crypto moves very fast. There are so many things going on at the same time that it’s hard to keep up. It’s important to understand what we are living through.
There are more opportunities in crypto than I talked about earlier and we need to find them and take them. Although, including blockchain in our lives won’t be easy, and it isn’t needed to apply it in everything.
We need to talk about crypto, the first step to the future.