The Blockchain and Us (2017)
A film by Manuel Stagars
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
Conversations with (in alphabetical order)
Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion
Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Core Tech Engineer, Blockstream
Marco Carlo Grossi
Director Audit & Risk Advisory, Deloitte Switzerland
Chairman of the Board & President at Symbiont.io
New York, USA
R. Jesse McWaters
Financial Innovation Lead, World Economic Forum
New York, USA
Head Finance and Treasury Services, Swiss Re
Mayor of the City of Zug
Co-Founder & Chairman, Bloq
Partner, Deloitte Switzerland
Co-Founder & CEO, Lightning
San Francisco, USA
Founder & CEO, Northwest Passage Ventures
Co-Author “Blockchain Revolution”
Chief Futurist & Founder, Future Matters
Eric Van der Kleij
Founder Adeptra, London Tech City, Level39. Adviser UK Govt, Kickstart Accelerator
Professor, Distributed Computing Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Founder & Managing Director, Agentic Group
New York, USA
Digital Identity Innovator & Analyst
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.
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Listen to the song in the end credits: https://soundcloud.com/stagars/low-sea-end-credits-from-the-blockchain-and-us