Lately, I've been day dreaming the environment that Chainlink can make possible. I've seen examples of different applications that can take advantage of consolidating contracts on a tokenized ledger. From bonds, real estate, banking, to automated taxi services. The real eye opener for me was when I started researching into edge computing. This is an environment where Chainlink, machine learning, and the internet of things all coalesce into unlocking next-gen technologies previously out of reach.
Edge computing is a methodology of working around the restrictions of bandwidth and latency. The growth of devices gathering information is exponentially expanding and more data is only being produced. Cloud data centers allow processing of data unmatched to in-house systems. The missing link, no pun intended, is the intermediary of nodes or servers that connect the devices on the field to the processing facilities. Together, this connection can manifest a hyper-converged infrastructure, where the sky is the limit.
Typical nodes on the blockchain only secure the network. Imagine now, nodes that not only secure network activities but also process external data from devices on the field to massive scale-out data centers. Information collected/provided from edge devices, to the elasticity and availability of edge servers, to 5G and network edge, and finally to the cloud processing. Chainlink can provide the functionality in not only securing reliable data off chain but in conjunction a mechanism of compute technology previously unavailable. Think of smart devices connecting to a cell tower; Chainlink can allow the smart device's data connect to your node devices and then to the 5G network. A next-gen edge server made possible by the blockchain, that's scalable to an extreme degree.
Now ask yourself, you probably were here hashing out the next block to secure a network of closed transactions. You might have staked tokens instead. Would you not rather involve yourself in a protocol that enables real world innovative applications?