New Games for a New Century - Part 3

Tim Grant and Professor Gordon Hewitt — 17 June 2021
The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Digital Market Infrastructure

The term Fourth Industrial Revolution was coined by the World Economic Forum a few years ago to describe the current era. It represents a view of the developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way we live, work, and solve problems. And, of course, the very 21st century phenomenon of blockchain and digital assets is being shaped by a combination of new game forces.

It is precisely HOW we think about building this new digital market infrastructure that we need to work on together as an industry, competing and collaborating simultaneously.

At this stage the representation and mechanisms for the exchange of value are changing under our feet. Coinbase, only founded in 2013, is now one of the most valuable financial market infrastructures in the world. At the time of writing there is nearly $2 trillion market cap outstanding of mostly unregulated crypto assets. Translated into the equivalents in the world of digital information and social media companies, this would cause some debate. The DeFi space is attracting serious attention and significant investment from the biggest financial institutions and asset allocators in the world. And we have barely scratched the surface of what this all means for the many trillions of assets that have yet to be touched by the accelerating digital asset wave. Equity and debt, the mainstays of corporate structures is where we go next.

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