Five things that must happen for blockchain to see widespread adoption, according to Deloitte


Blockchain is touted as a technology that will revolutionize the finance sector.

Slow transaction speeds and a lack of standardization threaten to restrict growth.

Deloitte has highlighted five hurdles that the technology must overcome to hasten widespread adoption.

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Adoption of technology is speeding up

Innovations introduced more recently are being adopted more quickly.

The rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up and it seems to be across the board. For instance, an automobile industry trade consultant observes that “Today, a typical automotive design cycle is approximately 24 to 36 months, which is much faster than the 60-month life cycle from five years ago.”



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Are reported high rates of childlessness a myth?

Reported high rates of childlessness fail to take into account fertility treatments, adoptions and the simple delay of childbirth.

Recent reports of the rise of childlessness are premature. As with fertility dynamics generally, the phenomenon has many parts. The reports may prove true in the long term, or they may not—but it’s too soon to tell.



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Why is ‘adult adoption’ so popular in Japan?

A majority of adoptees in Japan are men in their 20’s and 30’s.

The highest adoption rates in the world are in the United States and Japan.  But there is one big difference.  Most adoptees in the U.S. are children, in Japan kids only represent 2% of all adoptions.  Men in their 20s and 30s make up the remaining 98%, or almost 90,000 adoptees in 2008 (up from fewer than 80,000 in 2000). Why do the Japanese adopt so many adults?



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Adopted Children Face Anguish As Birth Parents Stalk Them On Facebook


The natural parents of adopted children are increasingly using Facebook and other social networking sites to track down their offspring, flouting the usual controls and safeguards. Adoption agencies are reporting huge numbers of calls from “deeply distressed” adoptive parents whose children have been contacted out of the blue…