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The Blockchain and Us (2017)

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A film by Manuel Stagars http://www.blockchain-documentary.com For more interviews about the brave new world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, see Manuel's podcast: http://www.theblockchainandus.com. In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto invented bitcoin and the blockchain. For the first time in history, his invention made it possible to send money around the globe without banks, governments or any other intermediaries. The concept of the blockchain isn’t very intuitive. But still, many people believe it is a game changer. Economist and filmmaker Manuel Stagars portrays this exciting technology in interviews with software developers, cryptologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, consultants, VCs, authors, politicians, and futurists from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and Australia. The Blockchain and Us is no explainer video of the technology. It gives a view on the topic, makes it accessible and starts a conversation about its potential wider implications in a non-technical way. The film deliberately poses more questions than it answers. For a deep dive, see all full-length interviews from the film here: http://www.blockchain-documentary.com/interviews Credits: Conversations with (in alphabetical order) David Birch Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion Guildford, UK Perianne Boring Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce Washington, USA Christian Decker Core Tech Engineer, Blockstream Zurich, Switzerland Taylor Gerring Co-Founder, Ethereum Zug, Switzerland Marco Carlo Grossi Director Audit & Risk Advisory, Deloitte Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland Caitlin Long Chairman of the Board & President at Symbiont.io New York, USA R. Jesse McWaters Financial Innovation Lead, World Economic Forum New York, USA Paul Meeusen Head Finance and Treasury Services, Swiss Re Zurich, Switzerland Dolfi Müller Mayor of the City of Zug Zug, Switzerland Matthew Roszak Co-Founder & Chairman, Bloq Chicago, USA Guido Rudolphi Founder, Cryptocash Uster, Switzerland Jan Seffinga Partner, Deloitte Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland Elizabeth Stark Co-Founder & CEO, Lightning San Francisco, USA Alex Tapscott Founder & CEO, Northwest Passage Ventures Co-Author "Blockchain Revolution" Toronto, Canada Lars Thomsen Chief Futurist & Founder, Future Matters Zurich, Switzerland Eric Van der Kleij Founder Adeptra, London Tech City, Level39. Adviser UK Govt, Kickstart Accelerator London, UK Roger Wattenhofer Professor, Distributed Computing Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland Rik Willard Founder & Managing Director, Agentic Group New York, USA Steve Wilson Digital Identity Innovator & Analyst Sydney, Australia Additional conversations and special thanks (in alphabetical order): Iris Belle, Ben Bledsoe, Thomas Bromehead, Richard Cheng, Dario Duran, Marie Farrar Knowles, Olga Feldmeier, Sony Fricker, Daniel Gasteiger, Daniel Grassinger, Johs. Hoehener, Richard Kastelein, Leanne Kemp, Thomas Kern, Francine Klopfenstein, Veronica Lange, Claire LaRocca, Adriano B. Lucatelli, Christian Mäder, Ruedi Maeder, Luzius Meisser, Michael Monceaux, Martin Müller, Mia Mutic, Ian Petchenik, Nathaniel Popper, Ramon Quesada, Kamesh Raghavendra, Brian Rogers, Jouko Salonen, Vadim Shamigulov, Raffaela Stelzer, Don Tapscott, Elizabeth Wesson Many thanks to all conversation partners and all others who made this film possible Additional thanks (in alphabetical order): Agentic Group, Blockchain News, Blockstream, Bloq, Chamber of Digital Commerce, Constellation Research, Consult Hyperion, Cryptocash, Deloitte Switzerland, Ethereum Foundation, Everledger, Flightradar24, Future Matters, ISO-20022.ch, Lightning, Lockstep Consulting, Municipality of Zug, nexussquared, Northwest Passage Ventures, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Swiss Re, Symbiont, World Economic Forum (WEF), Zurich Airport Recording of live air traffic courtesy of Flightradar24 Chinese subtitles: Richard Cheng Dutch subtitles: Rein Jonkman French translation: Thomas Bromehead Portuguese subtitles: Caio Rearte Russian subtitles: Vadim Shamigulov, Sergey Sevantsyan Spanish subtitles: Jose Felip Daras and Avalbit.org team Many thanks to all individuals and teams who contributed additional subtitles and translations. Cinematography, Editing, Music, Narration & Sound Design by Manuel Stagars © 2017 Manuel Stagars The goal of this film is to encourage the conversation about the economic and social impacts of blockchain technology. Participate in the comments and subscribe to the channel to stay in the loop. To enable more films like this one, feel free to support my projects at https://www.manuelstagars.com/support Listen to the song in the end credits: https://soundcloud.com/stagars/low-sea-end-credits-from-the-blockchain-and-us
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Text Comments (348)
Nathan Simmons (1 day ago)
Brilliant! Stands up well over a year later.
J.Gabriel Parra Cortes (1 month ago)
Me gustó mucho este documental; como entusiasta de blockchain te digo gracias por postearlo. Sorry if i no writte in your lenguage and bad ortography . 👍
John (1 month ago)
Great documentary Manuel and crew! Very cool corporation perspectives and long term vision potential of blockchain. The question is 'will we'? Best line.
ELIEZER MARQUES (2 months ago)
Yes, santos dumont! BRAZIL
Barbara Brinkmeyer (2 months ago)
10 to 20-yr delay. We're motivated to birth this change.
alan roig (2 months ago)
Bitcoin= perfect way for MAFIAS, NARCOTRAFFIC, TERRORISTS, CRIMINALS etc. to pass money without any control.
angelo (3 months ago)
great and love this ^^
Ujjawal Gupta (3 months ago)
I guess it's the money thing which makes its attracting more and more people apart from solving different problems
Alejandro Miles (4 months ago)
Muy bueno. Muchas Gracias.
quantaplusplus (4 months ago)
A bunch of salespeople trying to sell you the technology. Code your own blockchain to learn it (google it). Then think critically about what can be wrong with it and search for critics. Consider both sides -- those pro and against it. Then make up your mind. Personally, I find the currency application unfeasible. Blockchain can have some applications but then you realize the hype isn't real -- cryptography has been there forever and nobody celebrates it this way. A million other inventions are as profound, or more, and the average person does not spend time thinking or hyping those. Wake up.
Biff Chain (5 months ago)
👍
Wong BenBen (5 months ago)
great....open my eye!!!! Thanks!
David Bermudez (5 months ago)
I discovered BTC back in late 2009 through 4chan
TheMojoincc (6 months ago)
Blockchain is ushering in Agorism.
[BTFD] Live (6 months ago)
just brilliant! wel done on a great job on so many levels
T Jay (6 months ago)
Blockchain is completely useless once it hits the human world. It only works in the digital world, like bitcoin.
Nora Germain (6 months ago)
Wish there was a documentary or at least footage of what people said about the internet before it got going, or anyone speculating about technology we all use every day now. Would be interesting to compare :)
Gerbear (7 months ago)
A resource based economy is where blockchain will ultimately end up producing. It's the end game for crypo
Shashank Kotwal (7 months ago)
Nice work
okram ovic (7 months ago)
dude, nice shots, but wheres some -ucking data? it has the exact same limitation as every other introductory resource on blockchain, except that in this case its financial + tech insiders who say those big generic prophecies. i want something to hold, some concrete examples for my brain to understand how it will be and is used. its like jehova witnesses promising me something in future that i should not deny right now but you - filmmaker - give no arguments, what is then the reason to watch this?? why is so information-scarce?
carlo moretti (7 months ago)
Ethereum has an enormous potential
luli amigos (7 months ago)
A brazilian named Santos Dumont invented the airplane.
Teck Low (7 months ago)
Great work. I am already a believer in the blockchain technology, your documentary laid it all out very succinctly. There is really no excuse to be ignorant about the phenomenon. I have shared this on my FB page. Thanks.
Crypto Nova (7 months ago)
the Wright brothers did not invent the airplane...BS!
Bonnie House (8 months ago)
I'm quite disappointed with this documentary. I do have a now working knowledge of block chain but I was hoping to see how this technology itself is applied to real-time business processes/operations. I thought this documentary would demonstrate how block chain is applied. Where are the practical examples? All of these are just interviews how block chain is "so good" "so revolutionary" but how???
Pete Howson (8 months ago)
19.05: 7% of Americans don't have a bank account. Not 50% http://fortune.com/2016/09/08/unbanked-americans-fdic/
Rogério Lima (8 months ago)
I worry on the social inpacts of th so called forth industrial revolution. Wealth concentration, virtual surveillance, weakened civil decision power, hightech-low life. Could blockchain be a hope for a less unequal dystopian future?
One Mahn Army (8 months ago)
Fantastic content, great camerawork and presentation. As a film maker/vid producer, I “get” the airplane analogy- thanks for NOT doing a rocket for the “moon” kids. This is a big boy game...and the shift is HERE. Time for implementation.✌🏼
Jonathas Johnny (8 months ago)
Santos Dumon criou o avião!!!!!
Sebastian Perez (9 months ago)
The brothers created a huge slingshot. Santos Dumont created the first plane
Спасибо за кинофильм) Очень нужная информация) читаю немало комментариев к криптовалютам и технологиям блокчейн, многие ругают её, некие не понимают) думаю попросту нужно выучить данную тему а не ожидать что кто то все растолкует))) растолкуют тогда, когда таких доходов будто на данный момент уже не будет))) Изучайте все без помощи других)) Удачи всем)
Dodjie Santos (9 months ago)
Without the bitcoin, there would be no blockchain. Every industry is looking at using the blockchain.
shoeman (9 months ago)
Sorry, nah, y’all gonna get burned. Have fun! Write me after you lose. Can’t wait to hear the trolls who hate on me. Hahahahahahahah
Flimty Fiber Pelangsing (9 months ago)
14:20 that Blackchain Necktology
Rafael N. (9 months ago)
Zzzzz....airplane ?Where??
Bris Vegas (9 months ago)
Satoshi is from my home town and I know which school he went to.
Taliesin Freund (9 months ago)
love it
Joseph Cirafici (9 months ago)
Thanks for this. Great insight. You should consider using subtitles to clarify what the foreigners who speak English are saying.
Rocket Junior (9 months ago)
Some ppl in this vid said some very good things about what blockchain can bring us.
Tom Dowling (9 months ago)
Two dozen+ hypesters telling me something is great, without telling me exactly what it does. I heard that financial transactions can be completed without needing intermediaries, which means they can be completed without the knowledge of the government, which means the government will do its utmost to block the implementation of this technology.
Mandeep Singh (10 months ago)
Nice Documentary Amazing work. Thanks
Leandro Pelegrini (10 months ago)
The Wright brothers invented a giant slingshot, the airplane was Santos Dummond. :)
U.S. Constitution (10 months ago)
I'm no Bitcoin expert but the founding fathers and family's of the Federal Reserve and the IRS they hate this cryptocurrency but if help to destroy the Evil Federal Reserve more power.
fashiontv2010 (10 months ago)
Some of these Bitcoin proponents should concentrate on innovating and making money through Bitcoin. Grand claims were made about microfinance, awards too. But they never considered the consequences of removing the barriers they targetted. The suicides started showing up soon after, poor people who got themselves into such debt they would never get out. Who takes responsibility for that? This 'helping the poor' line is being delivered by those ignorant of what the life of the poor is. Just listen to 'a poor person just needs a cell phone and the internet'- so says the sophisticated and experienced mind of his own practice.
Thibaud Marechal (10 months ago)
Missing a lot of info on the tech... only talks about 1% of what BC is all about...
winston smith (10 months ago)
0:42 He, or, they didnt _invent_ it though. It was a follow-up (and quite similar to an earlier project) so it was genesis involving many people over time.
danny iskandar (11 months ago)
Amazing documentary ...
Terence Kearns (11 months ago)
Blockchain is obsolete. Research hashgraph.
JM Consulting (11 months ago)
spannendes Video, Danke :)
MrKnuk (11 months ago)
nicely done. But holy f*** swiss people and their accent.. i'm ashamed of my country hahaha
oscar carmona (11 months ago)
yo pien so que esto esta diseñado para personas que hacen movimientos grandes de dinero empresarios y gente asi pero a los ciudadanos que no tenemos acceso a telefonos inteligentes en donde la señal de internet es muy poca o casi nula donde tu para solicitar una tarjeta de credito te ponen un sin fin de peros y trabas este sistema de blockchain no aplica en un pais tercer mundista y no por la tecnologia que el pais pueda tener sino por la manera de pensar de los ciudadanos hay que educar a la gente para que podamos subir a otro nivel de entendimiento otra cosa como hariamos por ejemplo yo soy costurera en que me beneficia una moneda virtual si no tengo tarjeta de credito por que son muy pocos los empresarios en el pais que pudieran tener acceso a este sistema o sera mas bien una manera de desaparecer aa los mas desprotegidos por decirlo asi en el ambito economico y social
Rakanishu Tsuyoshi (11 months ago)
You all know what else chains have? A weak link.
B C (11 months ago)
Great informative vid for anyone, not just how points we gained, tk you
Richard Strach (11 months ago)
It's not fun or interesting... PLEASE get real Jobs and create real products!!! Hashgraph killed it NSA is guiding this globalization of currency exchange and eventually chipping of the human unit
Joel Troska (11 months ago)
How to Generate Bitcoins from Your Home Computer https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1cY3mEtZRiEm9XADbzoOM-hb4SGWojtnS
Prinny Gaming (11 months ago)
Amazing.
johnfehringer (11 months ago)
Nice Job - Thank you for this. I hope to see a yearly sequel.
Mushtaq Bhat (11 months ago)
Flying is great and it did in fact change our perceptions and vision and has had a radical influence on our present style of living but it never touched the core of that deep human problem dealing with the lack of a widespread sense of human dignity, liberty, freedom and most of all of a semblance of a tolerable equality. This problem is deeply embedded in our long long tribal past that we still carry with us. Its primary cause is apparently our need for authority and intermediaries; who naturally have had a dominant role to play in making our dependence on them even more institutionally, ideologically and theologically cemented. It is not a result of some conscious planning but the dynamic in the system. Privilege is relative and moreover once acquired it will be maintained as long as others do not contest it. And since it arises from their hold on human and thereby also on nonhuman resources more the potential to rig the system the more resources you have. There is a undeniable evidence for it in 21st Century. It is easier for you to make even more unheard-of-in-history wealth the more you have. And wealth is basically a privilege; that can contest, reform and clandestinely even write the dos and don't s of the public, judicial and legislative bodies and determine the nature of the tribal national policies. With industrialization, more and more people have been drawn away from self-subsistence to an almost inescapable dependence on the accumulated wealth presently being clutched by the hands of an extremely constrained segment of the human populations; with equally constrained ideologies. In fact from Plato to Newton to Einstein no feats of thought and technology had the potential to induce a radical change in our societies so that that the need for leadership and intermediaries could potentially and in the long distance become redundant. No neither Buddha nor Confucius or Christ could give us anything in hand to make their visions, or our projections thereof, a reality on earth. Least of all any Nobel-prize economist! Enter Satoshi Nakamoto and the Mathematics and Technology of the 21st Century spiced with Game Theory. This is very much the victory of the great Greek enlightenment that gave mankind the greatest foundations of methodical thinking, logos and thereby laid the foundations for mathematics and axiomatic thought; exemplified by Euclid, one of the greatest teachers of mankind. Based on such noble foundations; it can be nothing other than humanistic. As is their other legacy: Democracy! And this a quantum disruption in an age of disruptive technologies. Perhaps the most disruptive of them all. The first feasible technically possible empowerment of humans on large scale. The age of Inclusion as against that of exclusion! The age of redundancy of many of the traditional predominantly tribal institutions and the emergence of a new P2P global solidarity free from string-attached tribal/national ideologies based instead on math, imbued with transparency and immutability and at the same time privacy! What a wonderful world! No doubt there will be a lot of people out there to fight it in order to retain their privileges or use it for their own nefarious purposes and certainly some hard growing pains and serious setbacks; an innate characteristic of all great transformations.
Ricky Holloway (11 months ago)
Simple. Blockchain equals information for AI running on Quantum Computers to control you and me. Total Control.
Cryto Farm (11 months ago)
It takes massive amount of energy and people to keep the blockchain up and running. Every time a transaction is mined and processed, the difficulty increases. When that happens, it takes more energy, people, and computing power to mine and prosses a transaction. When that happen it cost more the miners more $$$ and makes mining less profitable. That can potentially result the transaction fee to increase., or most of the miner will stop mining it., which could result longer or more expensive to do a transaction. Maybe it is possible trasaction fee might get so high it would not even be worth it.
Amyls64 (1 year ago)
What will this mean for credit cards? and how can you earn interest on cryptocurrencies
Andrew Gomez (1 year ago)
Great upload. Sharing :)
Nice Trade (1 year ago)
biggest bubble that ever existed, when it pops, its gonna be devastating..
Yopi Sutedjo (1 year ago)
Great documentary, Thank you.
Robert Brown (1 year ago)
Sweet chemtrails at 21:27
Robert Brown (1 year ago)
Agenda 2030 in action.
Ngone Aw (1 year ago)
In 1996 NSA wrote white papers on Block Chain
Russ G (1 year ago)
I'm out'a here at the 4 minute mark. They've explained nothing; they're wasting my time.
Wld Frr (1 year ago)
Sorry, Writh brothers didnt "invented" the airplaine ...
Kamal Glover (1 year ago)
This awesome lets do something big together
a64750 (1 year ago)
Bitcoin's a debit card that fluctuates in price and created from nothing. It's Genius Block chain wouldn't resolve wealth inequality but ransom for kidnappers will
Great job! THis is excellent!
Murphy Stone (1 year ago)
Santos Dumont*
Sister Mary Clements (1 year ago)
This video looks and sounds like a paid infomercial. If I were to see this video not knowing anything about bitcoin, I would run. And run fast. This sounds and looks typical of a government/banking supported video production.
RileyJames (1 year ago)
the woman looks awfully frozen at 21:18 kinda creepy
Mayur Panghaal (1 year ago)
Who is satoshi nakamoto ? Is he the avataar of god...krishna...jesus ?
Mayur Panghaal (1 year ago)
Combine this with dna memory storage and computing and crispr cas9...and u have alchemy.
Mayur Panghaal (1 year ago)
Universal basic income will become inevitable .There is no other way.
Mayur Panghaal (1 year ago)
Combine genetic engineering crispr and this tech and terminator 7 looks like a reality Wow
Mayur Panghaal (1 year ago)
The machine takeover the planet is certain.This proves that humanity is standing on the cusp of a major turnover.wow.
Good Introduction For Me....
IronSmith (1 year ago)
20:30 When anything becomes common it becomes less valuable. Money that is plentiful = money that is worthless. Why would a person work their ass off for something that can just be picked off the street? When money is too easy to get people will trade in something that is more difficult valued and harder to get. I would like someone to ask this man where he learned economics.
Michael Benjamin (1 year ago)
A 32-minute infomercial. Nothing more. This film was 99.5% promotion and 0.5% substance. I came here thinking I would learn something about how blockchain and cryptocurrencies work. Instead, I found expressions of love by the early adopters, over and over and over.
Gabriel Meier (1 year ago)
amazing tech ( although knowing that nb knows who created ,it h started with the left foot) btw just be sure you have the proper exit strategy before the bubble pops !!!!!
Aalap D (1 year ago)
Basic. Yeah, we get it, the blockchain is cool. No need to hear the same thing over and over again for 30 minutes.
Question: Was Blockchain/Bitcoin released for future A.I.? ......................search for Quinn Michaels.
Sergo эF'ka (1 year ago)
спс - for Informations....
ECUA BITCOIN (1 year ago)
Leaves me with a "I need more info" taste. We, street walkers need to understand better how this new tech will impact our lives. Give us simple examples in order to start rebuilding our conscious and logic grey matter.
Manuel Manzur (1 year ago)
Simplemente excelente!
silverbullet2008bb (1 year ago)
It seems strange how the inventor took such steps to remain anonymous and that no one knew who he was in the real world either.
Eric Newman (1 year ago)
awesome, thank you Emanuel!!!
BackedByBlockchain (1 year ago)
Great Documentary! Love it! Thanks for the Hard Work!
David Prince (1 year ago)
Great doco got me pumped 😊✌️🇦🇺
MPK88 IN THE AREA (1 year ago)
Santos Dumont invented The airplane in 1902...there are a lot of evidences.
Shakti Motani (1 year ago)
👍👍👍Great Job !!!!!
Alonso VPR (1 year ago)
Santos Dumont invented the airplane in 1902!
David Wu (1 year ago)
What year was this video created? I am wondering how's Blockchain is doing now.
TitanSilver354 (1 year ago)
Excellent. Best documentary out there. Sit everyone one down that you know and have them watch this. Unfortunately we're swamped with news of the financial market side of the blockchain, which makes the rest of the world think it's that only and thus a giant ponzi scheme. Block chain remains obscured and it's progress and adoption even possibly hindered by the raucous casino of crypto currency that is taking place.
ddd r (1 year ago)
very inspiring! insighful. thanks for upload. added to my playlist
David Freire (1 year ago)
Santos dumont created airplane
Zabar Sion (1 year ago)
A good documentary. It assumes you know what is a blockchain and bitcoin, the least ...

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