April 1, 2024

The Bull Case for Robot RWAs: The New Asset Class in Web3

The emergence of blockchain technology is set to fundamentally transform how we interact with and manage assets across industries. The creation of digital tokens representing real-world assets (RWAs) allows for a more efficient, transparent, and accessible system of asset management. As this trend gathers momentum, it's projected to impact virtually every sector, reshaping our economic landscape in profound ways.

Why tokenize real-world assets?

Ever heard about tokenizing real-world assets (RWAs) on a blockchain? Sounds techy, but it's a game-changer that's making assets more liquid and investments more democratic. In simple terms, tokenization refers to the process of converting rights to an asset into a digital token on a blockchain. This not only makes assets more liquid but also lowers barriers to investment, broadening access beyond traditional financial institutions to individual investors. 

What if we told you that things like drones, robo-cafes, or even autonomous vertical farms could be divided into digital pieces so that anyone could own a piece of them? We’re not just talking about big investors, but anyone with a smartphone and some money to invest. With RWAs, everything from buildings to machinery, and even intellectual property, can be owned fractionally by a wider array of investors, making it accessible for anyone to earn from these tokenized assets. Excited yet? Let's look further.

The evolution of asset-heavy industries

Historically, industries reliant on heavy assets such as manufacturing and logistics have faced significant challenges, including high capital expenditures, centralization, and limited funding options. Centralization has traditionally allowed large enterprises to reap the benefits of automation and advanced machinery, often leaving smaller players at a disadvantage due to the inability to afford significant initial investments. This not only stifled innovation but also concentrated economic power in the hands of a few, limiting broader economic growth and participation. Robotics firms and heavy machinery manufacturers also encounter steep barriers such as rising interest rates, which severely restrict their ability to scale operations and innovate within their sectors.

When it comes to customer engagement, these sectors have traditionally maintained a focus that is predominantly transactional, rarely forging deeper value-driven interactions. This lack of engagement tends to erode customer loyalty and retention, further compounding the challenges faced by businesses in these sectors. Additionally, funding options such as bonds, while useful, come with high costs and are often geographically restricted. This limits their utility and accessibility, preventing businesses from expanding and innovating effectively.

Welcome to a new era in asset management

Imagine a scenario where anyone can invest in high-value assets like robotics or industrial machinery without massive capital - that's exactly what RWA tokenization is bringing to the table. By transforming physical assets into digital tokens, this innovation drastically reduces entry barriers, making the market accessible to a broader audience.

The impact of automation across various industries is expanding rapidly. Recent projections indicate that the global market for service and industrial robotics will soar to over $425 billion by 2032. This growth is primarily driven by the increased accessibility that tokenization provides in sectors such as healthcare, hospitality, and transportation.

What does this mean for you? It means that instead of fearing autonomous machines, investments previously reserved for the wealthy or institutional investors are now accessible to everyday investors. With machine automation expected to eliminate 375 million jobs by the same year, tokenization of real-world assets (RWAs) offers individuals an opportunity to generate income from these advancing technologies, impacting both in professional and personal realms. At XMAQUINA we envision a future where financial empowerment through automation is accessible to all—and we are committed to making that happen. 

The intersection of DePIN and RWA tokenization

Decentralized Physical Infrastructure Networks (DePIN) are blockchain-based networks that use tokens to build and manage infrastructure collaboratively. This is especially beneficial for managing everyday services like internet, computing utilities, or ride-hailing which typically require high upfront costs and complex coordination. Blockchain technology enables this by providing transparency and automating operations with smart contracts.

Integrating RWA tokenization with DePIN changes how these assets (everyday goods or services) are managed, making them accessible for investment by consumers. Take a practical example, Manna Drone Delivery, which provides autonomous delivery services. Through the integration of DePIN and RWA tokenization, individuals have the opportunity to invest in a fleet of these autonomous drones. This approach not only democratizes access to advanced technology but also allows investors to actively earn returns as these drones operate and deliver services.

To break it down even further, DePIN enables the physical assets (in this case drones) necessary for these services to operate without centralized control, while RWA tokenization allows for these assets to be owned fractionally by a wider group of investors. This combination not only enhances the efficiency and profitability of these services, but also transforms stakeholders from passive consumers into active participants who benefit from the growth and success of the services they rely on.

The future of asset management

As we move forward, the integration of RWA tokenization with decentralized infrastructure like DePIN is set to reshape our economic landscapes - in every sector. A recent study by SNS Insider predicts that the Service Robotics Market will grow to USD 252.06 billion by 2030, indicating significant changes to come in how we live and work. The market for tokenized assets is expected to surge to a remarkable $16 trillion by 2030, while DePIN alone is projected to reach a market value of over $3.5 trillion by 2028 - we’ll let those numbers speak for themselves. 

The substantial growth projected across these sectors forms our bull case for robotic RWAs. The prospects are too significant to ignore.

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