As the country is racing against the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, the application value of big data, artificial intelligence and other technologies is obvious to all, but the blockchain technology, which is also highly expected by the industry, failed to enter the spotlight as scheduled this time. Recently, in response to the question of how the blockchain industry can fight the “epidemic”, a reporter from Beijing Business Daily interviewed multiple practitioners and industry experts in the blockchain industry, trying to understand the current situation of the blockchain industry under the epidemic. Some practitioners bluntly said that the performance of blockchain technology in this epidemic is like a child, or it does not have the ability to meet the college entrance examination in the short term; some analysts pointed out that blockchain institutions should train higher teamwork capacity, and how overseas cooperative institutions play an important role in the epidemic also requires institutional operators to think and deploy.

Blockchain is also worried about inefficiency

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 9 is already the tenth day that his company has opened the “distributed” office model. For the blockchain industry, “distributed” office is not uncommon. In order to ensure the efficiency of remote office, employees will check in every day and conduct online meetings, and will also regularly submit work summaries. Many jobs can be carried out online. Still on schedule. However, many offline cooperation cannot be carried out under the epidemic, and it is basically at a standstill.

Li Xian revealed to reporters that he had planned to go to Wuhan to discuss cooperation a few years ago, but because of the impact of the epidemic, the matter was over. Except for Wuhan, some offline visits to other cities could not be carried out. In addition, although “distributed” office has been opened, there will be some large 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. The plan was to “regroup” in early 2020, but I didn’t expect the epidemic to come faster than the new offer. .

“The overall impact of the epidemic on the development of the blockchain industry is mixed.” Qin Ming (pseudonym), the head of the blockchain business of an Internet giant, said bluntly in an interview with a reporter from Beijing Business Daily. The blockchain industry will be a very big test. It will have a great impact on business and project docking, including project delays and cooperation failures, especially for some small and medium-sized blockchain companies that have just gotten a breather. However, he also pointed out that the epidemic also objectively reminded the blockchain industry: the healthy development of the industry needs its own solid foundation, including technical foundation, business foundation and industry ecology. Only in this way, the industry will not be overly affected by changes in the external environment, that is, a sudden positive push the industry into irrational madness, or a major blow will make the industry moribund.

Qin Ming pointed out that some of his company’s work was also unavoidably affected by the epidemic. It is mainly reflected in some joint projects with partners (government, institutions, etc.), because the early stage involves a lot of business, docking, negotiation and other work, because the content is very important and it is difficult to replace it by remote video and telephone. “However, the research and development of our formed and normal products has already formed a mature research and development process and system, and everything is carried out step by step. The impact of remote work caused by the epidemic can be ignored.”

Ecological unfinished data “hard-chain”

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

In addition, on February 7, Alipay also launched an information service platform for epidemic prevention materials. Different from other material information platforms, the platform uses the ant blockchain technology to review the information on the demand, supply, transportation and other links of materials and store them on the chain. certificate. On February 9, a reporter from Beijing Business Daily learned from Du Xiaoman that in terms of epidemic response, Du Xiaoman is exploring the application direction of promoting traceability, certificate storage, process governance, data governance, and user connection.

Liu Feng, director of the Blockchain Technology and Application Research Center of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Change Management at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, pointed out that the 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 there are still difficulties in the blockchain industry at present, which are mainly reflected in the weak foundation of the enterprise itself and the need to develop basic technologies; the exploration of business scenarios is not in-depth, and each scenario has not formed a unified standard and application model; Everyone did their own thing, but they didn’t do it well, and the whole ecology was not formed. This is a series of problems. “Under the sudden outbreak of the epidemic, why does the blockchain act like a child at a loss? This just reflects that the overall development of the blockchain is still in its infancy, and it may not have the ability to meet the college entrance examination.” Qin Ming said .

Liu Feng also pointed out to the Beijing Business Daily reporter that the generally optimistic blockchain information traceability and blockchain disintermediation financial services have not been directly used in this epidemic. It can be seen that the implementation of blockchain In the real industry, more efforts are needed. In addition, it can be seen that many new technologies and tools are also facing massive clicks in an instant under the epidemic, and the performance and processing capacity of blockchain infrastructure still face great challenges.

Incremental future

Although it has not been able to enter the spotlight, there are still challenges in the application of the application, but many people pointed out to the Beijing Business Daily reporter that the impact of the epidemic on the blockchain is still more opportunities than tests. As Liu Feng said, although the epidemic situation will face the possibility of shrinking business and income for some companies that are just starting out, how to consider increasing income and reducing expenditure will become a major test for these small and micro enterprises. However, it can be seen that “distributed” office and online consumption behaviors have also brought about huge increments, and the blockchain industry happens to have the genes of decentralized collaboration naturally. It can be said that enterprises in the blockchain field are affected by The impact is still far less than that of traditional enterprises that rely entirely on offline business for production or services.

Chen Wenjun, a professor at the Zhangjiang Research Institute of Fudan University and executive director of the Digital Economy Research Center, also believes that the epidemic has brought both challenges and opportunities to the blockchain industry. The test is whether the organizational ability of the blockchain industry can not affect the development process in a remote situation; how to compete with foreign technology companies without the epidemic; how to cooperate with the scene parties and upstream and downstream enterprises in the epidemic are all difficult points. However, digital government affairs will generate more demand in the epidemic, which will be a good scenario for blockchain; in addition, the demand for industrial digitalization is more urgent, so the demand for blockchain technology will increase, and the implementation of blockchain will be further accelerated. Under the epidemic, institutions should develop stronger team combat capabilities, and how to cooperate remotely, how overseas branches and cooperative institutions play an important role in the epidemic, also require institutional operators to think and deploy.

Liu Feng further pointed out that “blockchain industry organizations need to integrate technology and business in their own scenarios, and only through technology can bring the accuracy and efficiency of efficiency to the real life and work. , to improve people’s satisfaction and service levels.”

“In the work of blockchain in the fight against the epidemic, we believe that the most important thing for the blockchain industry as a whole is not to immediately apply it in any scenario to highlight the capabilities of the blockchain. In this big test, the blockchain failed to Going to the spotlight, we don’t think it’s shameful, cheating is the only way to go to the spotlight.” A business leader of a blockchain company said bluntly, “On the contrary, we believe that the most correct job that the entire industry should do is to calmly think about the problems of the industry and the industry. In 2020, the blockchain hopes not to usher in false prosperity, but perhaps a warning to the industry from the epidemic. “

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