If you study complexity science you soon realize that reality is energy and information. If you study physics, one school of thinkers believes reality is binary [0,1] otherwise known as bits of information. This may not come as a surprise if we study Claude Shannon’s seminal work in information theory, which sparked the Third Industrial Revolution and the digital era. As we look at the Forth Industrial Revolution we see that information continues to be important in areas such as AI, IOT and robotics. So maybe we can conclude this information concept is important, even if we cannot tell what happened to Schrodinger’s cat or that tree in the forest.
Last week a friend was talking about healthcare and he asked me who had the most money in the healthcare system? The answer, the insurers. Who has the most information in healthcare? The answer, the insurers. Historically, those who controlled the greatest amount of information were able to amass the greatest amount of capital. If you think about the enormous valuations of Google, FB and Baidu, one realizes that their platforms have chokehold on information from which they extract enormous value.
If you study the Blockchain and its distributed network of highly secure information, one realizes that this infrastructure eliminates the opportunity for information choke points and the related value capture. Now you know why the non-speculators are excited about Blockchain. The economics of value creation through information will remain intact but the value will be shared widely and not concentrated the way it is today.