10 Innovative Uses of Blockchain:
- Personal identity security
- Music and arts royalties tracking
- Borderless payments
- Internet of Things
- Supply chain management
- Real estate processing
- Anti-money laundering
- Medical data and research
- Original content creation
Let’s take a look at a few examples of the most interesting blockchain-based businesses that have emerged from these areas.
Founded by Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, Brave is a browser that allows the user to “take back control”. Blocking harmful ads and trackers and instead driving publisher revenue via blockchain-based micropayments. Blocking ads and trackers means the user has a faster loading time (Up to 6 times faster than competitors) and enables you to browse more freely and have confidence that your information is not being sold.
Augur is a prediction market that enables you to make bets on pretty much any real-world thing. You use blockchain-based tokens to wagers on the score of a game, whether president Trump will be re-elected or even whether an Antarctic ice shelf will collapse. According to their website; V2 will soon be launching. The new app claims faster trading in just seconds and no caps on how much you can wager or win.
Slock.it is connecting the ‘Internet of Things’ with Blockchain technology. They embed smart contracts into IoT devices (such as homes) and enable anyone to sell, rent or share the connected property. According to their site, there are currently 30.7 billion IoT devices that can be controlled. Examples of other use cases include supplying renewable energy, E-charging and voting systems.
Evernyms Sovrin application lets you manage your identity all over the web in an attempt to put an end to siloed identities, insecure databases and a never-ending amount of passwords. They store your private information and mediate between you and the entities requesting the private information, verifying information in real-time.
Civil – on a mission for sustainable, independent journalism, Civil uses CVL tokens to give users a stake in decisions. Articles are published on the blockchain so stories cant be redacted or deleted. They believe that journalists and the public should work together to ensure transparent and trustworthy news. Although Civil started their mission with trusted journalism, they are now expanding their work in supporting better civic engagement in general.
Tradove is utilizing blockchain with a supply chain management tool to connect buyers and sellers. Their mission is to eliminate the everyday struggles for buyers and sellers; unaligned processes, bad communication, purchasing urgency and a lack of transparency! They use AI technology to connect the best buyers and sellers worldwide. Currently, IKEA, Audi, Pepsi and Amazon are some of the global brands using TraDove.
Doc.ai is using machine learning and blockchain technology in the medical sector for health insights and predictive analysis. They combine patients medical data from several sources (doctor visits, lab results, exercise data and emergency appointments) and stores it all in a single app. Patients can manage all of their data in one place and get their health risks assessed. All data is anonymous and encrypted so that the only person who has access is you. The app is even useful for medical research purposes as people have the option to submit their data. With just a click of a button, you will be helping to advance medical research!
Voatz puts voting on the blockchain. Helping to make election participation more secure and accessible for its users. Voatz combines biometrics and blockchain to produce transparent voting systems. Removing the possibility of fraud or election tampering and putting trust back into the election system. Voatz, a private mobile voting app, aims to make voting accessible for everyone. There have been more than 80,000 votes cast on the platform. During 2018, West Virginia allowed 144 overseas voters to cast their votes via Voatz. In 2019, Denver, Colorado, and Utah County, Utah, were able to cast overseas votes for elections using Voatz.
Omega grid is utilizing blockchain to enable businesses and individuals to manage energy sales and encourage cleaner, local energy through a reward system. Users sign up and Omega grid works with your utility to help the community use more environmentally friendly energy. They send you alerts about ways you can earn tokens (by turning off your ac for example). You can then redeem these tokens at a merchant or get cashback.
Filecoin is a platform where you can earn from your unused hard drive storage. Using Filecoin mining software, you can rent your hard drives, single discs, data centers and every bit of space you’re not using on the global Filecoin market. All you have to do is connect to the Filecoin network and the file transfers and transactions will be handled for you. Earn Filecoins, (the more space you put out the more you earn) and then trade them for U.S. dollars or Bitcoin.
The Future is Blockchain
This is by no means an exhaustive list but just a few of the innovative ideas to have come out of blockchain over the last few years. I’m sure we haven’t seen anything yet as the technology emerges out of its infancy and applications continue becoming more mainstream. As more people learn about the capabilities of the technology it can be used to solve so many issues, transforming many aspects of peoples lives across the globe.