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New cybersecurity laws introduced in China make it harder for global companies to store data pertaining to Chinese nationals. And although cloud providers have set up data centres in countries that require citizen data to remain onshore, Amazon and other providers are taking steps to sell their hardware assets to Chinese companies.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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The use of blockchain in financial services would need to be carefully regulated with access restricted to only approved participants. Institutions should also be required to use "kill switches" to stop computers automatically executing in times of stress. These are some of the recommendations of outgoing chair of IOSCO Greg Medcraft based on concerns from global regulators. In short, blockchains are risky business.