Google Co-founder Sergey Brin Says He is Mining Ethereum, Calls Crypto a “Technological Renaissance”
Sergey Brin, co-founder of search giants Google, has revealed that he is mining Ether (ETH) along with his ten-year-old son, TRUSTNODES reported.
Brin made the revelation during a surprise visit to the blockchain summit currently ongoing at the Sir Richard Branson’s island, according to the sources.
Though the tech mogul did not indicate if he or his son plays cryptokitties, he described the Zcash Zero-Knowledge (ZK) Proof as “mind-boggling”.
The Zero Knowledge Protocol allows different parties in a blockchain network to verify a command without conveying the information involved. To a certain extent, zero-knowledge proof technology is incorporated into Ethereum protocol.
This last-minute attendance at the blockchain summit makes Brin the highest profile guest in any crypto event so far. Brin is a blockchain evangelist, particularly, for the Ethereum network.
In May this year, Brin stated in the annual Google founder’s letter that he recognized cryptocurrency mining — specifically ether mining — as one of the factors that contributed to the “boom of computing,” the other two being the “steady hum of Moore’s Law” and Machine Learning.
In his latest letter to investors, Brin stated that we are in a technological renaissance and ethereum is part of it. He said:
“Every month, there are stunning new applications and transformative new techniques. In this sense, we are truly in a technology renaissance, an exciting time where we can see applications across nearly every segment of modern society.”
Tech companies around the globe have shown a keen interest in the revolutionary potential of blockchain technology. Recently, Facebook appointed a new head of blockchain, as the social media giants look to explore how best to leverage Blockchain across Facebook.
Likewise, Reddit’s co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, is now preparing to launch a venture capital fund focused on blockchain startups. Notably, the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, recently met Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman of Google and Alphabet. While there have been speculations if they might be trying to tokenize advertising, no report has come from Google. Earlier in May, Vitalik shared a screenshot of a recruitment mail he had received from Google on his twitter handle, asking if he should “drop Ethereum and work for Google”.