You will undoubtedly have heard of the 3rd Industrial revolution, but you may not yet be aware of the Fourth even though it is happening right now.

It is the culmination and integration of computers, robotics, artificial inteligence and sensors: an environment that necessitates the instantaneous transfer of secure digital assets with absolute certainty of the provinence of the data.

Just as the smelting of steel was one of the vital catalists for the 3rd Industrial revolution, crypto currencies, or rather the underlying systems are vital catalists to the 4th IR.