The son of the CEO of Google Sundar Pichai is mining Ethereum


At the New York Times DealBook conference on Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the 11-year-old son was using the family home PC to extract the ether.

Pichai was asked how he thinks of the screen time for his children. A recent New York Times article described parents living in Silicon Valley and working in technology saying they were often more concerned with over-time on screen and technology dependency among children.

"I'm like all the other parents, I suppose," said Pichai. "I test a lot of gadgets at home, so I have vulnerabilities in terms of how my kids can access things like that."

Pichai then said that his son had extracted ether, the cryptocurrency related to the Ethereum blockchain.

"Last week I was having dinner with my son, and I was talking about something about the bitcoin, and my son made it clear what I was talking about Ethereum, which is slightly different," Pichai said. "He's 11 and told me he's digging it."

The CEO of Google was asked if he had a server in his home to assist in his son's mining efforts, to which he said his family only had a simple computer, one that Pichai built by himself.

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Pichai said he had to explain to his cryptic son the monetary system of the nation "and how paper money really works".

"I realized that Ethereum understood better how paper money works," said Pichai. "I had to talk to him about the banking system, the importance of it: it was a good conversation".

Pichai's son is not the only child of a Google executive who is extracting the cryptocurrency.

At a blockchain conference hosted by Sir Richard Branson in Morocco in July, Google co-founder Sergey Brin also claimed that he and his son had been mining ether.

"A year or two ago, my son insisted that we needed a gaming PC," Brin said. "I told him," OK, if we get a gaming PC, we have to extract the cryptocurrency. "So we created an Ethereum miner and we made some money, a few dollars since then."

The interview with Pichai took place the same day that thousands of Google employees around the world came out in protest against the company's management of charges of sexual misconduct.

"This anger and frustration in the company, we all hear," said Pichai to the question about the protests. "I feel it too."

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