Future difficulty/network hashrate

So looking at the recent trend, the total BTC network hashrate (and by extension difficulty) seems to be increasing exponentially. With the recent price run up and a bit of actual news coverage, my guess is that's going to continue for a while. Prior to mid 2016 or so it was following a pretty linear trend.

Wondering how you guys think this is going to trend going forward. Are we going to revert to a linear trend over the next couple of months, or does this thing keep climbing? I have to think prices will stabilize and that should dampen the rate of increase in network hashrate, but then again, what do I know.. thoughts?

Submitted August 08, 2017 at 12:45PM by p_sweezy
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