Who are you?
While I’m a software engineer by trade, you could say I’m a decentralist. I have over 30 years of software development experience. I’m mostly self-taught, as I started learning math, algorithms and computer science at a young age for fun. I’ve done well at regional and national computer science contests. I’ve worked on some high profile video games for 8 years. After 5 years at Google, I decided to research distributed computing, machine learning, and blockchain. In the end, I decided to pursue some of my crazy ideas on how to scale and standardize blockchain projects and peer-to-peer protocols in general. That’s how the Automaton project was born.
Why did you decide to join the speaker’s list of LibertyBits conference?
I would love to share my vision of the future, inspire people to join the movement.
What is your understanding of “liberty” (freedom) and what are the most underestimated threats to our modern society?
Corporations and governments are getting more and more hungry for people’s data. While there are some benefits of that, it has been proven time and time again, that people’s sensitive data is continuously mismanaged. In the event of a data breach, all we get from companies is “Sorry for the inconvenience, your data may have been accessed by hackers!”. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the problem, we could significantly reduce the magnitude of these breaches, if companies didn’t have direct access to every user’s data.
What is the fascinating (the most inspiring) thing about blockchain for you?
I believe that the next logical step for our world is for all services to become decentralized. No more ads, no more user’s data mining, no more corporate interest taking over user’s privacy. A true healthy competition on a protocol level.
What could be the biggest benefit from the blockchain technology for us as a society?
We should reimplement most of our society functions in a paperless manner with a full audit trail. It is appalling that in this day and age, bureaucracy still relies on paper. Land registry, ID, credit history could all be embedded in a blockchain, encrypted by the end user. If the first world countries don’t start adopting and welcoming blockchain technology, all the talent will implement it in the third world countries, where it is desperately needed. It will be interesting to watch these events unfold. The third world countries may suddenly become way more advanced, as they won’t have the regulatory burden of the west.
What are your expectations for the conference?
I expect to meet like-minded fellas and have interesting, inspiring conversations.