By David Drake via Iris.xyz

After a difficult 2018, the cryptocurrency industry is expected to recover after a tech review done by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) predicted that blockchain is likely to go mainstream this year. This prediction is a departure from the reports highlighted by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Forrester Research last year.

In its report, BCG suggested that the potential of blockchain in the commodity trading industry was being overhyped. According to the consulting group, trade volumes that were being run on blockchain were minimal. This made it challenging to estimate how long it would take for the technology to go mainstream in the commodity trading space.

On its part, the report by Forrester Research predicted that most blockchain projects initiated in the US would be put on hold by the end of 2017. At the same time, the report indicated that companies that had been working towards integrating blockchain in their operations were either pulling back or scaling their ambitions down.

In the backdrop of the issues highlighted by these research firms, why does MIT predict that 2019 could be the year that blockchain technology goes mainstream?

Government-backed Cryptos

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief, Christine Lagarde has recognized that government-backed cryptocurrencies could offer better privacy, security, consumer protection and reach more people compared to commercial or private cryptocurrencies. At the same time, several governments have taken a step in developing their own cryptocurrencies. Venezuela was among the first companies to launch an oil-backed digital currencies and though it appears to be flopping, central banks in some 15 other countries appear to be serious about developing national cryptocurrencies. Though there may be none issued in the course of this year, we can expect the dialogue to continue this year as companies adopt new payment methods.

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