Authored by William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan of Deloitte, a document titled "Gov2020: A Journey into the Future of Government" details possible and probable changes to our society which await future would be governments. These changes, categorised as drivers which change the context in which government operates and trends which result in a shift in how government currently acts includes topics such as:
- Demographic changes.
- Security and privacy.
- Economic drivers (including digital currencies.)
- Digital technologies (including social media, mobile, analytics and the cloud.)
- Exponential technologies (including 3D printing and robotics.)
- Cyber-physical systems technologies (including drones for use in the delivery of goods, domestic policing, commercial and military applications.)
While only briefly mentioned, Deloitte claim decentralised crypto-currencies which build upon Bitcoin and not Bitcoin itself are the future alternative to today's cash and currency systems. Under the heading of "Digital currency mainstreamed", it reads:
2020 sees alternatives to cash and traditional currency systems gain momentum. Decentralized crypto-currencies—the successors of Bitcoin, Ripple, Peercoin, Namecoin, Litecoin and others—gain a toehold in a digital, largely cashless economy. Mobile payments are a natural extension of the digital lifestyle, while protection against digital theft becomes an imperative for regulatory agencies around the world.
The full document is available here as a PDF.