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You Need To Adopt Blockchain And Realize Why We Need To Utilize This Revolutionizing Technology

It is high time that governments worldwide realized that blockchains are meant to make lives simpler.

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Even though blockchain has been a part of business and industry for the last 10 years, they are still regarded as some kind of esoteric technology. Perhaps, it has to do with their association with computer science and advanced mathematical skills. In recent years, some organizations have adopted this technology for various reasons, but the adoption still remains minimal.
Below we have highlighted areas where adoption of blockchain can prove to be highly beneficial and effective.

Energy Consumers

Today, energy generation and distribution are monopolized in several countries. In the process, consumers have to pay high energy bills. Blockchains are making energy distribution more efficient, thereby reducing the energy bills of the consumers. In recent times, many individuals have started putting up solar panels on their rooftops to generate power.

Owing to the blockchain technology, they can trade surplus power with their neighbors and record the transactions on the digital ledgers. This means that all such transactions will be publicly verifiable and permanent. In the case of traditional electricity generating companies, when power is traded from one entity with another, often such transactions are opaque and full of mistakes. This means that the end consumer ends up paying for the inefficiencies of the power companies. This inefficiency will go when blockchains are adopted by not just the individual consumers but also the big companies.

Supply Professionals

There are lots of inefficiencies in the standard supply chain process. When goods are despatched from factories to the consumers' location it passes through warehouses, custom depots, toll points, retail shops etc. At each of these points, a fresh transaction takes place and an invoice is generated. In many cases, these transactions are incorrectly recorded. Sometimes, genuine goods are replaced with contraband and nobody gets to know about it. This is how inefficiencies creep up in supply chains.

Many companies like Walmart (NYSE:WMT) are using blockchains to reduce these inefficiencies. Whenever a transaction takes place, it is recorded on the digital ledgers and there is no way these transactions can be erased or modified. Each of these transactions is verified by all the users on a block. Companies like DeBeers also uses this technology to ensure that no 'blood diamonds' get into its trading system. Similarly, Walmart keeps a check on its product outsourcing using these digital ledgers. If a certain food product has to come from a supplier in China, the company ensures that the right product comes into the supply chain. Likewise, all payments and receipts are verified by the company on its private blockchain.

Health Sector

Medical and health insurance sector professionals must also adopt blockchains. There is a high need for adopting this technology in the medical insurance sector. There is a lack of transparency regarding the benefits of reaching the ultimate beneficiaries. Since several intermediaries are involved, there are several inefficiencies in the health insurance delivery process. Blockchains help in making this process efficient. Just as in the case of supply chain companies, here to the blockchains verify the users and the transactions.

Similarly, this technology keeps medical records secure. Many medical companies say that their records and other critical information are often stolen by rival companies. Blockchain can prevent this kind of pilferage. Another used case of blockchains in the health sector is tracking the despatch of medical samples. For example, when a blood sample is sent from a patient to a lab, it passes through several hands. Blockchains verify each individual user so that the entire despatch process is dependable and leak-proof.

Blockchain - A Revolutionizing Technology

It is high time that governments worldwide realized that blockchains are meant to make lives simpler. The technology reduces the need for intermediaries and brings down transaction costs. Unfortunately, many governments believe that blockchains are all about illegal activities. But, if this technology has to succeed, its biggest adopter has to be the government.

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When God Gives A Girl A Brother

He gives her a best friend.
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My brother is only 18 months younger than I am, but he's also at least a foot taller than me. Growing up with someone so close to my age has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Yes, there was a time when I thought every single little thing he did was annoying and his feelings towards me were mutual. Yes, we still get into arguments and disagreements. But for the most part, we enjoy each others company. When God gives a girl a brother, He gives her...

1. A listener

I always have someone to talk to. No matter what, when, or where. Some of my favorite moments are spent chatting my brother's ears off while he absent-mindedly nods and continues to play x-box. Sometimes he just listens and doesn't say anything. Sometimes he gives me long replies. He always knows just how to react to what I am saying to him, which is why I tell him almost everything.

2. A protector

When I think about the man that my brother has become, it seriously brings tears to my eyes. He's so big!! How did this happen? I can remember when I was little and could boss him around and he would actually do whatever I said. Now I'm scared that if he hugs me too hard, I might break in half. My brother cares about me, and lets me know it. I'm so thankful to know that he is there for me no matter what and would do anything to keep me from harm.

3. A dance partner

Another favorite memory is dancing to Juju on that beat in the kitchen while mom is cooking dinner (or dancing with us). Or any other time any other song is on... in any other place... LOL. My brother and I are different in a lot of ways, but we both have no problem busting a move together.

4. A Sonic date

"Hey, wanna go get a sonic drink?" "Yeah, if you're buying!" This is a typical conversation for us, and he actually really does usually buy my food! (With mom's credit card sometimes, does that still count?)

5. An example

Being the older sister, I sometimes feel like I have let my brother down in a lot of ways in that he is probably an example to me more than I am to him. He is incredibly smart, talented, and hard working. Kids FLOCK to this guy, and he has the most creative mind ever. Seriously, I'm so nervous that my future kids are going to like their funny uncle more than me. He's way cooler than I am, and I want to be just like him when I grow up.

6. Comic relief

If you've never heard a "Lane Prevett story," pull up a chair. I will be glad to make you cry from laughing so hard. There's no way you can spend time with him and not laugh. And that, to me, is the best kind of person to be.

7. A best friend

My brother is a lot of things, but my favorite thing about him is that he is my best friend. Yes, we aggravate each other. Sometimes he plays his music too loud, and sometimes I take up all the internet so that he can't play video games. But I know that he would do anything for me, and he knows the same goes for him.

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What You'd Miss Out On If Video Games Went 100% Digital

Going 100% digital is not without its disadvantages.

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It's 2019, and we are full on in the digital age.

It is no surprise that shopping is being done online a lot more now than 5-10 years ago. Online shopping does have its perks. However, some consumers still have appreciation and preference for going to an actual store to make some of their purchases. Video games, consoles, and accessories are no exception. Sure when you buy digital games, you limit the number of times you have to get up to change the game you are playing, but that is not a good enough reason to go 100% digital.

So, what would consumers miss out on if video games become 100% digital?

There are several things one would miss out on should the video game industry became 100% digital.

I still see a considerable share of video game collectors for both retro and current generation gaming consoles. They enjoy purchasing special editions of specific titles that comes with extra goodies such as steelbook cases.

The majority of gamers, such as myself, do not have a video game library that is 100% digital or 100% physical. I tend to prefer purchasing physical games, but if a specific title is either digital only or if it is significantly less expensive online, then I will make the digital purchase.

If you were to purchase a game physically and it ends up not meeting your expectations, you will have options as to what to do with the game. You can return it for partial or full value back depending on where you bought it. You can sell it online on websites like eBay or LetGo. You can even regift it to someone if you are feeling generous.

When you purchase a digital game, you are stuck with it. You can delete it from your system's hard drive, but you cannot get your money back for it or give it away to someone else.

Most current generation games have things you can purchase separately such as season passes, costumes, and weapons.

You could link a credit card to your console's account and possibly have another user make a lot of purchases of “just this one thing," resulting in a hefty credit card bill.

If you would rather avoid that happening, you can buy prepaid cards and codes at various retailers so you can either buy that one item you want or buy digital currency to add to your account so your credit card will not get charged until your account has no money or not enough money in it when you try to purchase something.

Some consumers also still enjoy conversing with a real live human being, which you do not get when you do everything online.

So while online game purchases can be more convenient, it is not necessarily always better.

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