A blockchain is a tool, not the second coming
Last night I saw a couple of tech journalists tweet that they’d received an email with the subject line “Could Blockchain help cure breast cancer?” I checked my own inbox. Yep, ugh, there it was. Even though I’m no longer working as a tech journalist, I still receive a lot of (usually terrible) press releases.
Little surprise that the email led to much eye-rolling among recipients. Aside from being another example of tedious blockchain hype, the question in that email’s subject line is a dumb one.
- Could a Python script bring peace to the Middle East?
- Could an Amazon S3 instance solve climate change?
- Could a GitHub repository find the Loch Ness Monster?
The answer to all these questions is ‘maybe, in part.’ These technologies could help people do these things, but they’re the wrong questions to ask. All these technologies (yes, including blockchains) are just tools. You might as well ask 'can a hammer build a table?’
Using blockchain tech on its own isn’t a differentiator. It’s the outcome, and how it benefits your users that’s the important thing. STOP FETISHISING TOOLS, and let’s focus on what we do with them.