Is decentralization the future of everything? The answer is hard, but it probably might be “no”. However, decentralization might solve a lot of issues.
Curiously, Upwork has recently released a survey stating that blockchain skills are in demand in the market and, today, it looks like Upwork itself might use them a bit as the platform went offline and millions of freelancers had to stop because of this.
The Upwork Q1 2018 Skills Index Ranking
The largest freelance site in the world, Upwork, has defined the hottest skills for the market at the beginning of 2018. According to the research, one of the main difficulties that companies are facing when hiring professionals is to find the ones with the relevant skill set.
Among the skills that are needed the most, blockchain ranks the first, being more needed than computer vision (8th), augmented reality (10th), information security (15th) and machine learning (19th).
Upwork highlighted during the survey that blockchain might be the new “cloud” of the 21st century and that the market is quickly integrating machine learning and AI to the skill set that is needed for professionals.
Blockchain And Decentralization As The Answer?
At the moment of this report, Upwork was down. This created panic across the 12 million users that need the platform to get money daily. This has raised some interesting questions about the centralized nature of Upwork. Would it work better if the company was decentralized?
As Upwork itself shows with its survey that shows the importance of the blockchain technology, being too centralized is bad for the company and for the users. Decentralized companies do not have downtimes when their main server has problems because they do not have main servers.
This dependency is very harmful and also fosters authoritarian decisions like when the company doubled the withdrawal fees in 2016 on the first $500 USD that the users make. Upwork also freezes accounts and blocks users in a very unfair way. Centralized platforms are basically not the solution, they are the problem.
If there are so many blockchain freelancers, why should they use a centralized platform that takes their money and do not offer a trustworthy structure? While there are many decentralized platforms like CryptoTask, Freelancercoin, Orbi Network and Dream that work with this niche, it is clear that they do not have the strength of Upwork.
Will Upwork decentralize? Probably not, but this means that it will probably be surpassed by decentralized platforms in the future and this might be the fall of the company. Is decentralization the answer? It looks like it might be.