The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, addresses the New York Times DealBook conference and says that his 11-year-old son was mining Ethereum on the Family’s home PC, that the former have built. He stated this while answering a question about parenting advice for parents residing in Silicon Valley.
According to a recent New York Times article, Parents working in tech or residents of Silicon Valley often worry about the screen time and tech addiction amongst the children. Pichai shared insight into his parenting 101:
“I’m like every other parent I guess. I do test a lot of gadgets at home so I have vulnerabilities in terms of how my kids get access to stuff.”
Soon he added that his 11-year-old son had been mining the cryptocurrency Ethereum. He elaborated:
“Last week I was at dinner with my son and I was talking about something about Bitcoin and my son clarified what I was talking about was Ethereum, which is slightly different. He’s 11 years old. And he told me he’s mining it.”
When the inquisitive audience questioned him about the server his son used, Pichai explained that the family only had a simple computer which he has built himself. Pichai added that he had to explain his crypto-enthusiast son the nation’s paper money system.
“I had [to] more explain to him how paper money actually works. I realized he understood Ethereum better than how paper money works. I had to talk to him about the banking system, the importance of it. It was a good conversation.”
Not the only Heir
Pichai’s son isn’t the only cryptocurrency prodigy at Google. Co-founder Sergey Brin told in July, at a blockchain conference hosted by Sir Richard Branson in Morocco in July, that he and his son have been mining Ethereum. Brin stated:
“A year or two ago, my son insisted that we needed to get a gaming PC. I told him, ‘Okay, if we get a gaming PC, we have to mine cryptocurrency. So we set up an Ethereum miner on there, and we’ve made a few pennies, a few dollars since.”
Pichai’s latest interview came as thousands of Google employees around the world walked out in protest over the company’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations. When asked about the protest he said:
“This anger and frustration within the company – we all feel it. I feel it too.”