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Cryptocurrency Futures

Athena @ ST 15 March 2018

Cryptocurrencies are a big talking point but there is considerable uncertainty and, as many warnings as there are, news of phenomenal profits to be made. Consider the partial forecast summary that Athena, our robot, has extracted from recent expert and pundit predictions. We recommend that you undertake a scenario planning exercise using her full forecast to determine your robust response.
What is changing?



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System map
The system-map which replaces the old topic map in our newly released website shows the current limited use of cryptocurrencies.

Sentiment analysis
Depending on where you start on this graph cryptocurrencies are neutral or falling from a high in November 17 when their value sky-rocketed. And this graph does not show the increasing divergence between those who think cryptocurrencies are here to stay and those that think they will crash and burn or never be anything but a marginal trading currency.

Pie charts
Similarly, though there is lots of noise Athena thinks that cryptocurrency has only medium Intensity right now and that public acceptance will take three years to achieve, if at all. Cryptocurrencies are still seen as mostly early stage with some indications they are gaining traction and increasing interest from regulators.

Radar chart
This graphic shows the most likely and promising top areas of change caused by the acceptance of cryptocurrencies by 2026. These are likely to be the growing interaction of cryptocurrencies with blockchain, other technologies including linked cryptocurrency trading through smartphones, impacts on the banking and energy systems and the use of AI and the geneation of new data banks.

The most visible impacts of Bitcoin in 2020 are likely to be seen with further investment in and its integration with other technologies, particularly smartphone payment mechanisms and Blockchain. We recommend you explore the topics in more detail at Shaping Tomorrow to mitigate threats to your organization and to seize upcoming opportunities.

The chart below shows the rapid rise in crytocurriees in many sctors from a weak signal in 2016 to a growing trend in 2017. Financial services and Support Services led the way in 2016 and 2017. But many other sectors are ramping up their efforts to first understand and then determine their response.

Heat map
North America, will likely be the leader in changing its ways of doing business using cryptocurrencies’.  But Eastern countries from Russia, Australasia and some countries in Europe will also make rapid progress. You can follow these countries and the changes they are making, instantly at Shaping Tomorrow, and then take their best ideas to implement in your organization.

Athena used the sources below as the top ones to create this report and determined which embedded forecasts are included in this Trend Alert. She found 1,392 forecasts in seconds on the 14th March 2018 to allow us to publish this summary in less than thirty minutes. She can turn these into PowerPoint slides and Audio files in minutes too as you wish.


Athena does show duplicates to aid your understanding of themes as well as contradictory forecasts. She may also show near-duplicates. You can speed read past the duplicates and near-duplicates if you wish, though the latter may show additional information. You can use the contradictory, and likely uncertain forecasts she finds to imagine different scenarios. The future is unpredictable, but we can examine the possibilities and choose our preferable future from the choices she presents. 

Athena is apolitical. She will report forecasts from different viewpoints however distasteful that might be to our own values. Wearing rose-colored glasses is not her purpose; reporting potential futures is. So, we recommend you check her veracity before responding to her extracted forecasts.

Just like humans, Athena can be fallible.

Do recognize that you and your associates are biased too. But whereas you tire, make mistakes and only recognize what interests you, she does not. She might miss or misinterpret as you do, but with far less frequency and she'll take uncomfortable truths and alternative ideas in her stride. But, please let us know if you feel her bias can be reduced. We want to do our best for you. And, as with any research, you should check and triangulate her findings for yourself.

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