BY MICHAEL GREENWALD
In 2026, Canada, the United States, and Mexico will co-host the World Cup. Nolan, who landed in Mexico City from Denver excited to watch the upcoming match at Estadio Azteca, lands. She had already loaded her digital wallet before taking off with digital Mexican Pesos (PesoCoin), to supplement the USD she usually keeps in the form a central bank’s digital currency (FedCoin), Ether, and Bitcoin. She uses FedCoin to make general transactions, as it is her native currency. Ether is used for “gas” for decentralized applications on the Ethereum blockchain. Bitcoin is used for general cryptocurrency liquidity.
Nolan uses one of her rideshare applications to call a car to take her to the hotel. After countless cyberattacks, and subsequent user demands for better data protection, the rideshare app Nolan uses switched to a blockchain decentralized system. Ironically, Nolan’s digital wallet and rideshare app both use the same borderless technology to protect against hackers.
Nolan can pay for her ride in any of the digital currencies or CBDCs that are accepted by the multinational rideshare company she chooses. This concept is still controversial in many countries, who are concerned about their financial sovereignty. Nolan was prepared because local Mexican small businesses only accept PesoCoin. She could have waited to make sure she had enough PesoCoin once she arrived in Mexico, but she preferred to do it in advance.
Nolan’s rideshare arrives to her hotel and she decides that she will pay in PesoCoin. She thinks: Our world is becoming more connected each day, so why not act locally when you have the chance? She will have plenty of opportunities to make full use of her digital wallet, and the currencies that are stored within it, during her stay in Mexico City.
Present-day digital transition
In the last year, we’ve seen a widespread push to establish credibility in the digital currency world, from decentralized tokens such as Bitcoin and Ethereum to central bank digital coins (CBDCs), which are being explored by government around the globe. While it is difficult to predict which currencies will be the most popular after the regulatory hurdles for digital currencies have been overcome, one thing can be said for certain: digitalized money systems and money are here to remain.
Although people tend to think of conducting their daily transactions in one currency, the financial landscape will likely require that you have knowledge of several different types money. These digital currencies will have their own unique advantages for users, just as certain technologies are more useful for performing certain tasks and executing specific functions.
We can therefore imagine a virtual wallet which will be used by all consumers and require them to choose from a variety of currencies when making a transaction. This wallet can “live” anywhere and in many different forms, as we’ll see below. However, the basic idea remains the same: digital currencies – both decentralized and centralised – will be available for exchange in various situations.
Different types of digital currency wallets
It can be overwhelming to have a wallet that contains more than 10 balances, from Bitcoin to Ethereum to digital yuan and digital dollars.
When you consider the strengths and weakness of each currency, it is easy to see why this method will be preferred for holding monetary value. Modern capitalist consumers are more interested in choice, efficiency, and flexibility than anything else. This is also true when it comes to payment methods. Understanding the format and holding of digital currencies will help you grasp the larger picture in an evolving financial landscape.
Virtual “hot” wallets allow you to store assets in a digital format. They are connected to the Internet. They are called “hot” wallets because they can be easily accessed and the value exchanged. This type of wallet can be directly linked to a bank account, from which a person can transfer money. Hardware “cold wallets”, also known as physical devices, are used to store digital asset accounts off-line. They are “cold” as they need to be connected to the Internet in order to be “hot” and for value to exchange. By taking their wallets offline, users can protect their digital assets against malicious actors who could compromise a platform or system through Internet-enabled applications.
What will your wallet contain?
In the coming years, we will see a rapid shift towards the use of digital currency for a variety uses, from business-tobusiness (B2B) to simple consumer transactions and banking. It is expected that each individual will have a unique set of digital currencies to use as their primary method of exchange. Your virtual wallet will contain the currencies that you prefer to use for your transactions, and allow you to add, subtract, or exchange value based on your changing needs.
Virtual wallet NFT
Virtual wallets are going to have a graphic interface that shows all the different currencies, along with their respective values. The non-fungible coin that is being sold with this piece is a vision of the future of digital currencies. This user interface displays a variety of currencies that a user would see when opening their virtual wallet software or application. This NFT is the first of its kind and highlights a new digital wallet that will become popularized for modern consumers or business owners.
Digital finance will continue changing the world in ways that are impossible to predict. This “brave new” world will be defined by the evolution of the digital wallet.
Did Nikolaus Otto realize the impact of the internal combustion engine when he invented it in the mid-19th-century? Could he have imagined the massive American Interstate Highway System built nearly a century later to accommodate automobiles that his invention had spawned? Are we able to imagine the digital equivalent to the interstate highway network and the radical changes it will bring if digital currencies and wallets were revolutionary technologies similar to the combustion engine? What if the liquidity of digital currency markets was so high that people never had to “carry” any more than one digital coin in their mobile wallets?
Will anyone carry multiple currencies if the digital world is advanced to the point where financial settlements are near-instant? Or will they choose the currency that has the most utility and liquidity for them and then swap it as needed? What will happen to the global foreign exchange market and the weaker currencies that are traded on these markets if this happens?
U.S. Innovation and Next Steps
As 2026 approaches, and this concept becomes more tangible for the United States, it is important that they innovate quickly while representing American values such as privacy, financial inclusion, ethics, and morality. Moreover, it will have to compete with other countries and currencies that are vying for the top spot on the global financial ladder. We are fast approaching a world where there is a “basket” of currencies, and this will bring the choice and flexibility that the citizens of the world most value.
It is inevitable that the U.S. Dollar will continue to be a top choice currency for members of the global economic system, but it must innovate in order to remain the preferred option into the future. This will require a commitment to American values, and rapid innovation with the advancement of technology.
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