Blockchain under the epidemic: inefficient and predictable future

Source of this article: Beijing Commercial Daily

Author: Liu Xia Meng four red

While the country is racing against the new coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, the application value of big data, artificial intelligence and other technologies is obvious to all, and the blockchain technology, which is also highly anticipated by the industry, failed to enter the spotlight as scheduled. Recently, a reporter from Beijing Commercial Daily interviewed various practitioners and industry experts in the blockchain industry to try to understand the current status of the blockchain industry under the epidemic. Some practitioners bluntly stated that the blockchain technology performed like a child under the epidemic, or that they did not have the ability to meet the joint entrance exam in the short term; some analysts pointed out that the blockchain organization should train higher team operations. Capabilities, how overseas cooperative agencies play an important role in the epidemic, also need agency operators to think and layout.

The blockchain is also worried about low efficiency

In the blockchain industry under the epidemic, there is a hot word called "distributed" office. Li Xian (pseudonym) is a practitioner in the blockchain industry. February 9th is the tenth day that his company has started a "distributed" office model. For the blockchain industry, "distributed" office is not uncommon. In order to ensure the efficiency of remote office work, employees will conduct daily check-in and online meetings, and will also submit work summaries on a regular basis. Many tasks that can be performed online It is still proceeding step by step. However, many offline cooperation could not be carried out under the epidemic situation, and it was basically stagnant.

Li Xian told reporters that he had planned to go to Wuhan to discuss cooperation years ago, but because of the impact of the epidemic, the matter has not been resolved. Except for Wuhan, some offline visits to other cities were also impossible. In addition, although "distributed" office has been opened, there are some big and small problems in office efficiency and communication.

Unlike Li Xian, Liu Gang (pseudonym) has resigned from the operation of a blockchain startup company at the end of 2019. This plan is to "reform the fanfare" in early 2020, but it was not expected that the epidemic would come faster than the new offer. .

"The overall impact of the epidemic on the development of the blockchain industry is negative and mixed." Qin Ming (a pseudonym), an Internet giant's head of blockchain business, bluntly spoke to reporters from the Beijing Business Daily. The blockchain industry will be a very big test. In business and project docking, the impact will be very large, including project extensions and cooperation failures. This is especially true for some small and medium-sized blockchain companies that have just taken a breath. However, he also pointed out that the epidemic also objectively awakened the blockchain industry: the healthy development of the industry also needs its own solid foundation, including technology foundation, business foundation and industry ecology. Only in this way, the industry will not be overly affected by the changes in the external environment, that is, the sudden favor will push the industry into irrational madness, or a major blow will make the industry dying.

Qin Ming pointed out that part of his company's work is also difficult to avoid being affected by the epidemic. It is mainly reflected in some joint projects with partners (government, institutions, etc.), because a large amount of business, docking, and negotiation are involved in the early stage, because the content is very important and it is difficult to replace it by remote video or telephone. "However, due to the mature R & D process and system that has been formed for our formed and normal product development, everything is carried out step by step, and the impact of remote office caused by the epidemic can be ignored."

Ecological unfinished data "hard-chain"

Although some of its own business is limited, the blockchain industry is still fighting the epidemic in its own way, and the trust mechanism of the blockchain has brought credible connections to the epidemic. Beijing Business Daily reporter noticed that many blockchain institutions have begun to take action, and many of them have invited major donor agencies and foundations to upload data to the chain through the alliance's blockchain network to improve information transparency and credibility, and traceability and management. The donated materials and use of donated funds from various enterprise teams optimize the material distribution process. Some institutions have also launched the nation's first blockchain epidemic monitoring platform to track the progress of new-type coronavirus pneumonia in various provinces and cities in the country in real time and register the relevant epidemic data on the chain.

In addition, on February 7, Alipay also launched an anti-epidemic material information service platform, which is different from other material information platforms. This platform uses ant blockchain technology to review and store information on materials demand, supply, and transportation. certificate. On February 9, a reporter from Beijing Commercial Daily learned from Du Xiaoman that Du Xiaoman is exploring the application direction of tracing, certificate storage, process governance, data governance, and user connection in the epidemic response.

Liu Feng, director of the Blockchain Technology and Application Research Center of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Change Management, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, pointed out that blockchain is a tool for establishing a natural trust system through technology and algorithms. The credibility of donations can be solved with blockchain technology.

However, Qin Ming told a reporter from Beijing Business Daily that currently, the blockchain industry still has difficulties, mainly manifested in the weakness of the company's own foundation and the underlying technology to be developed; the exploration of business scenarios is not deep enough, and unified standards and application models have not been formed in each scenario; Everyone did their own work, but they did not do it well. The entire ecology has not yet formed. This is a series of problems. "Under the sudden outbreak of the epidemic, why does the blockchain behave like a child at a loss? This just shows that the overall development of the blockchain is still in its infancy and may not have the ability to meet the joint entrance exam." Qin Ming said .

Liu Feng also pointed out to reporters from Beijing Commercial Daily that everyone is generally optimistic about the tracing of blockchain information and the deintermediation of financial services by blockchain, which has not been directly used in this epidemic. There is also a need to increase efforts in the physical industry. In addition, it can be seen that many new technologies and tools are also facing instant and massive clicks in the epidemic situation, and the performance and processing capacity of blockchain infrastructure still have great challenges.

Incremental future

Although failing to enter the spotlight, the application still faces challenges, but many people pointed out to Beijing Business Daily reporters that the impact of the epidemic on the blockchain is still greater than the test. As Liu Feng said, although for some start-up companies, the business and revenue will face the possibility of contraction, how to consider open source and throttling will be a major test for these small and micro enterprises. However, it can be seen that “distributed” office and online consumption behavior has also brought a huge increase, and the blockchain industry happens to have a gene of decentralized collaboration. It can be said that companies in the blockchain field are affected by The impact is still much smaller than traditional enterprises that rely entirely on offline business for production or service.

Chen Wenjun, professor of Zhangjiang Research Institute of Fudan University and executive director of Digital Economy Research Center, also believes that the epidemic is a test and opportunity for the blockchain industry. The test lies in whether the organizational capabilities of the blockchain industry can not affect the development process in a remote situation; how to compete with foreign technology companies without epidemics; how to cooperate with scene parties and upstream and downstream enterprises in epidemics. However, digital government affairs generate more demand during the epidemic, which will be a good scenario for the blockchain. In addition, the demand for digital construction of the industry is more urgent, so the demand for blockchain technology will increase, and the landing of the blockchain will further accelerate. Under the epidemic situation, the organization should develop a higher team combat capability, how to cooperate remotely, and how overseas branches and cooperative agencies play an important role in the epidemic, also need the agency operators to think and layout.

Liu Feng further pointed out that "blockchain industry institutions need to integrate technology and business on their own scenes, and bring the accuracy and efficiency of efficiency through technology to bring advanced technology to life and work. To improve people's satisfaction and service levels. "

"In the fight against the epidemic, we believe that what the blockchain industry as a whole should do is not immediately apply any scene to highlight the ability of the blockchain. In this big test, the blockchain failed Towards the spotlight, we do n’t think that we will lose face, and cheating will turn into the spotlight before we lose face. ”The head of a blockchain company ’s business bluntly stated,“ On the contrary, we believe that the most correct job for the entire industry is to calmly think about industry issues, Direction, industry deficiencies, and then silently act and cultivate, so that the industry enters the track of solid foundation, low-key development, and sustainable development. In 2020, the hope of the blockchain is not to usher in false prosperity, or perhaps a warning to the industry by the epidemic. "