Alicia, this is such a great question. It is one that is continually asked as technology never rests, it evolves continually and creates new opportunities.
I believe the next game changer for technology will be widespread adoption of blockchain. Blockchain provides the ability to secure transactions and make them unchangable on the internet. It is the technology that underlies crypto currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and so many more.
Blockchain is designed to take out the middle men in processes. It is designed to be its own secure process that does not need middle men for checking accuracy. It digitizes the transaction. For example why couldn't you just have a digital wallet with all your information needed for applying for a job. In that wallet you might have your credentials from graduating from college. When you apply for a job that information is automatically verified and there is no waiting on a response from the college to the employer, it is simply data that is part of you.
Walmart is going to use blockchain to verify the safety and transportation of its products, especially food. So we can trace our food back to where it was grown, how it was shipped and handled. As purchasers we can see and verify how safe our food really is.
Michele recommends the following next steps:
- Do some research on block chain and how others are using it - just google and see what you come up with
- Think of a reason why block chain could benefit you or your community