The World’s Evolution To Its True “Native Digital State”

“See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places,”
- Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

The world continually changes and evolves. This has always been true and those that fail to innovate and adapt will be left behind. The evolution of the global economy is a force more powerful then us. The ride today is provided by the innovation called the Blockchain, and yes, if you catch this ride it will take you places. Do we know who the long-term winners will be with certainty? No. But we must recognize that the status quo is being attacked by very strong disruptive forces. Simply put, data is the new oil. Decentralization is upon us and the world is evolving very quickly from its analogue foundations, which were developed in the 1800’s, into its true native digital form. This is the ride that Pendragon is catching.

Throughout history, when a major innovation has been introduced, it tends to absorbed into the economy in two distinct steps. Step one, the technology is initially introduced, the 80’s and the 90’s introduced the computer and the internet to the world. Step two, the economy absorbs the technology to the point where it dramatically changes the world we live in. Today the Internet of Things, Alternative Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Blockchain, are now dramatically changing the way we live and do business. Academics label the former Gilded Age, while the latter is labeled the Golden Age. The Blockchain, a data base innovation which applies cryptography, is front and centre catching the imaginations of many. To some, this new data model may be as significant as the printing press or double entry book keeping accounting. To others, it’s referred to as a tulip bulb. To be sure no one knows what the future holds, but it would be folly to assume that the status quo will be maintained.

In the past, civilizations were organized and settled in a centralized manner. The introduction of the internet into our society started the pendulum to swing back towards a decentralization. The Blockchain allows data bases to be secure, transparent and decentralized. The introduction of a decentralized accounting ledger, that you can only add information to and cannot be hacked, releases profound forces of disruption into the economy. Just imagine a tamper proof ledger of transactions (cannot be hacked) that exists in multiple (decentralized) locations for everyone to see. The joint forces of the internet and the Blockchain will now accelerate the rate upon which society decentralizes, and digitizes.

Many will be unhappy with this occurrence and will fight to maintain the status quo. Education is key to understanding the opportunities that lie ahead.

Dr. James E. Thorne

Chief Capital Market Strategist & Senior Portfolio Manager


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