Thoughts on picking between blockchain or RPA for specializing in and why?

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RPA has longer-term value (but is a more boring field). Blockchain hype is mostly a fad and once the ecosystem stabilizes for niche applications it will be similar to being a “SQL specialist”.

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RPA but I would focus on the broader category of intelligent automation, and not limit yourself to just building bots.

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Blockchain has tons of upside potential, but is incredibly technical. If you’ve got the technical chops and like math, do that. RPA is a completely different thing. RPA is just a fancy GUI wrapped around front end testing automation frameworks. Contrary to what other commenters said, I don’t believe RPA has any staying power, it’s a fad that will become irrelevant as better non-“robotic” integrations become commonplace.

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Oh I agree that maintaining them will suck, not glamorous work at all. Overall I don’t think being a specialist in a hot tech is a good long-term move. I’ve seen way too much cyclical disruption in my career to bet on any one trend.

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