Why Blockchain Won’t Make Humans Obsolete and what it will do instead

John Katsos
4 min readMar 29, 2019

Lawyers are annoying. I would know: I’m one of them. We are so annoying in fact that they are the subject of endless jokes, some of which are quite funny.

But lawyers will not be replaced by blockchain technologies. Neither will accountants, bankers, or any other job role.

Rather these job roles will be “disrupted” meaning that their current essential roles will change. An example might help…

From computers to computers

Until the 1950s, “computers” were largely assumed to be humans. That’s right: humans who computed data.

Starting from advances made during World War II, machine technology became increasingly sophisticated so that these roles would be played by machines. A business or government no longer needed a small army of human computers: just a few people who could work a calculator or a machine computer.

So what happened to the small army?

A small number of them got became the first group of (machine) computer programmers. They had a direct hand in crafting how these machine computers would operate along with other technical experts who helped initially create them.



John Katsos

Scholar. Educator. Writer. I help people learn to start and manage better, more sustainable businesses and be better humans. Opinions my own.