During a live event in San Francisco by Village Global, Billionaire Eric Schmidt, the former chairman of Google, took the stage with economist Tyler Cowen. Schmidt pored his support for bitcoin and blockchain, especially Ethereum.
Schmidt, a budding bitcoin and blockchain enthusiast discussed a wide range of topics including the future of technology, corporate governance reform, Google’s hiring practices, and bifurcation of the internet. During the conversation, he stated that the Ethereum network could be a “powerful platform” with a massive untapped potential.
Schmidt’s View on Ethereum
When Schmidt was asked his view about blockchain, whether it is an overrated or underrated technology, he simply put forward a compound answer:
“In the public format, overrated. In its technical use, underrated. Today, blockchain is a great platform for bitcoin and other currencies. And it’s a great platform for private banking transactions where people don’t trust each other.”
Schmidt showed an immense confidence that ethereum could revolutionize business and society. He said:
“I think the most interesting stuff that’s going on are the beginning of execution on top of blockchain — the most obvious example being the capability of ethereum. And if ethereum can manage to figure out a way to do global synchronization of that activity, that’s a pretty powerful platform. That’s a really new invention.”
The full discussion
Schmidt’s enthusiasm is also shared by Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, who disclosed recently that his 11-year-old son mines ethereum on a home computer.