When Silicon Valley by HBO Introduced The World To Something New!
Being the huge tech geek I am I just about spit my lemon lime Gatorade and Cheetos at the screen the moment I saw this happen on one of my favorite television shows! They just gave a major bump to a currently very underappreciated and misunderstood piece of technology known as Blockchain, a technology that I might add has the makings of being the next Web 3.0 tech revolution. Goodbye Dot-com tech bubble HELLO Blockchain tech bubble!
For those of you who haven’t seen Silicon Valley because you either don’t pay for premium cable, don’t have a friend with premium cable or are just stuck hanging off a cliff for dear life for the past 4 years … Well for that last one Don’t Worry! We’re sending help! I don’t know how you are reading this but we have your location and a team is on their way — Anyway.
Silicon Valley premiered on April 6, 2014 on the HBO network. Featuring such stars as Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods. It follows a team working on the start-up company ‘Pied Piper’ with all the trials and tribulations that come with that.
The Episode That Changes It All
Premiering on April 23rd, 2017 the popular show returns for its 4th and what has the makings to be best season yet. This season featuring the teams need to get funding for their new product after the issue that took place in season 3. Among the trials of doing that the CEO of Pied Piper, Thomas Middleditch’s character Richard Hendricks decides to step down to pursue his idea for a ‘New Internet’.
Now many people who watch the show when they heard that thought it was meant as a cute joke but I wanted to know more… The days going up to the premiere I was on the edge of my seat wondering what they could possibly do for this ‘new internet’. The show had a habit of pushing the bounds of technology while still keeping it grounded in actual research and this season was no different.
About half way through the new season premiere we have a reunion to a former investor in their start up Chris Diamantopoulos’ character ‘Russ Hannaman’ where when Russ presses Richard to admit to what he actually wanted to do and not what he was trying to sell, Richard folds and admits to his desire to build a ‘New Internet’ which rightly Russ says “What… Why?” and the following answer from Richard was absolutely amazing;
I own a telescope. I brought it out one night to look at the full moon and I got to thinking; ‘Wow we put a man on the moon with the power of a handheld calculator,’ and then I thought we now have millions the time computing capability just in our phones. Then I thought there is literally millions of these phones with this processing power all over the word so then I thought… What if we use all those phones to build a Massive network?…
… If We could Do it we could build a completely decentralized version of our current internet. With no firewalls, no tolls, no government regulation and no spying. Information would be totally free in every sense of the word.
— Richard Hendricks from Silicon Valley
Wow. Where to start on this.
First and foremost what Richard is referring to is eerily close to what is currently known as Blockchain which is meant to allow for a decentralized network where asset to asset management can be done without third party interaction but more on that later… FIRST let’s talk about the biggest question probably on your mind; What is Blockchain? or Why is Blockchain Important? Well let’s get started…
What is Blockchain?
Well let’s think about it like a unique set of legos bricks. It’s like having a special set of legos that are designed to be able to fit into any other set of bricks. Now these let’s call them ‘Golden Bricks’ are what represent where we come in but we will get into that a bit later.
Imagine if you will in the middle of this set of bricks there is one magical ‘Diamond’ brick that makes it possible for all of the golden bricks to instantly turn into whatever it needs.
Now when the golden bricks are used with the diamond brick the diamond brick is able to share all the information about how the bricks need to look almost instantly. When it does this it also allows for all of the golden bricks to now know and act like the diamond brick needs them too become a part of the thing your making out of these bricks.
At the same time these same bricks can still go and be a part of another structure with a different diamond brick. With the high amounts of interchangeability it means that each of these bricks can act both on their own and as part of a structure!
Each of our computers and devices are essentially another brick in the pile. Allowing for a vast array of connected systems using each other to build and make the structures bigger and more powerful the larger number of bricks that they have.
Thanks to all of these ‘bricks’ not being connected to any main line set where you have to build in just such a way it allows for interaction time for things that would normally take many days can now become near immediate since all of the bricks can communicate with this structure in real time. This means they don’t have to wait around for anything and can change and adapt whenever they want. Trades of goods and services can be done through intelligent information in the structure of the thing the bricks make all by themselves no instructions or approval required. Everything get’s verified by one common thing being replicated out from that diamond brick.
All in all this makes not only the security but the transfer of assets such as currency, documents, supply chains, predictive marketing, protection of intellectual property, identity management, stock trading and so much more!
This is only the beginning of what Blockchain can do, thanks to the implications of what we can do with it alone it will change so much of how we use the internet today! With the high level of controlled management it possesses it will affect many market… Which brings us to
Why is Blockchain Important?
It’s allowing the otherwise fraud filled digital market to become more authentic with a way to verify each of the end users interacting with the system. It takes away much of the labor intensive process of verifying documentation and information from users in many things such as in the financial institution and protecting users identity through this.
The applications that will then be able to be created as a part of the blockchains will allow for automation of many third party services many financial and ledger services are currently providing. Just like how the revolution of mobile applications has given us automation that has freed up a large part of our time blockchain will do the same.
Above all else Blockchain is here to stay and in its most common form as we all know as ‘Bitcoin’ has reached an astonishing cap of daily Bitcoin transactions in 2016 averaged over $200,000 US per day.
Now the big question with all of this… Is the ‘New Internet’ possible?
Is Silicon Valley’s ‘New Internet’ possible?
The short answer, Yes.
The longer and more awesome answer; With the advent of new technology it can actually be said that any idea can be made into reality with enough time and resources. All it takes is the right amount of forward thinking and the willingness to learn new things and we can create wonderful things!
As Richard said in his amazing words about the potential of the computers we now have the possibilities are built around the limitless ideas that we posses. We’ve been doing amazing things as human beings for generations and this is just the next step. We’ve had the same internet for as long as most of us can remember. Innovation is all about moving forward and creating disruptive changes for bettering what we do.
Always be dreamers who push to innovate … Keep up with what changes because you never know what the next idea a TV show will be talking about next.