In principle, the relevance of this topic is not in doubt, since blockchain trends and projects are very popular with everyone who has understood the industry. However, the direction itself is relatively new. Accordingly, in such circumstances, a year or two ago there was a high risk of the appearance of many fraudulent projects. If we talk about the current time, the scope of cryptocurrency (Ethereum, Bitcoin) turnover is becoming increasingly widespread. It is already difficult to speculate on the financial and computer illiteracy of other business participants. As a result, frankly fraudulent projects begin to quickly collapse, and industry actors are becoming more and more competent.
It can be assumed that in 2019 some large enterprises will announce the launch of projects related to cryptocurrency. Differentiation of trends in this area, the departure of many subjects of fraudsters and the increasing level of systematicity in the blockchain prompts large enterprises to take them seriously.
Several large US banks said they would not support the purchase of cryptocurrency, which their customers would like to carry out using credit cards. As for the prospects of large companies in the blockchain, then, according to expert Paul Brody, the long-term future of this sector depends largely on how such enterprises can adapt to doing business in a common, public infrastructure.
Some analysts see a possible trend in the loosening of the government's policy on cryptocurrency. Initially, Bitcoin was developed in such a way as to eliminate the manipulation of the government as much as possible. Therefore, there is nothing strange in the fact that the attitude towards it has become appropriate. Some countries (including such a giant like China) for example reacted to the technology with outright hostility.
Beijing has banned activities on its territory of cryptocurrency exchanges. Also, the government warned its citizens that operations with cryptocurrencies and investing funds in them are accompanied by a high level of risk. Perhaps some governments will soften the position, considering blockchains a convenient technology to increase the transparency of government and financial services. However, it is too early to talk about this with certainty at the moment, since the tool still has many pitfalls.
Despite the fact that there is an obvious movement in technology, many trends remain unexplored to the end. Similarly, the prospects for using some technologies are unclear, since researchers and analysts themselves make different, sometimes even opposite, predictions.
The introduction of artificial intelligence and digital "twins" of real objects raise the question of the protection of personal data and privacy. There is also the risk of increasing cyber-rate.
Therefore, forecasts are very slim, at the moment. In itself, the use of previously unusual technological innovations could make life easier and streamline business processes. However, there remains an open question about the limits of application of these technologies, which experts in the field of ethics, politics and information security have repeatedly said.