Steve Schroeder is the founder and CEO of Twitter Fundraising, Smart Community Technologies, DeCoy (Decentralized Customer Loyalty) and FAAST (Fundraising as a Service Technologies). All companies are focused on expanding the bitcoin ecosystem around the world. Steve has been in the customer loyalty space for over 20 years. Long before Bitcoin, Steve was devising a custom currency in the form of USD rather than points, miles or stars but after learning about Bitcoin the asset in 2019 and then spending considerable study on the subject over the past 3 years, Steve’s passion is helping others and using his past experience to create a fun, easy, and lucrative way for people to secure their own digital asset and learn how to hold property rights for their families which can’t be confiscated or inflated away.
In 1998, Billy Graham, the famous theologian and Christian speaker was asked if he would deliver the closing remarks at the biggest tech conference in the world at Silicon Valley.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Billy decided to do it, even though his doctors told him it would be dangerous. It was his first appearance in over 4 months. He was suffering from a number of problems which he states in the very beginning of his technology speech.
Interesting that a person so committed to theology would put a priority on technology and risk his health to speak to people who we might think had no interest in theology whatsoever. Billy even lets the audience know that if they have a problem with it, they can go to the organizer and take up their beef with him.
As you can hear from the video below, Billy said he felt like a fish out of water or like an Owl out of a tree.
At the age of 80 Billy Graham was asked to give the closing remarks to a room full of technology leaders who had just presented some of the most amazing technological advances the world had ever seen and they were so proud of it, they wanted someone who believed in God to comment on all this amazing technology.
You can watch the entire closing remarks here https://youtu.be/90mj79GqWhc
Let me summarize. Billy was completely amazed at what he had heard, seen, and witnessed. He absolutely loved the conference as you can hear in his voice.
Billy said there were 3 main things that stood out to him as missing from the current technology conference and he wanted to see Oracle address it ☺
Oracle was unable to as well as Microsoft and Apple, but here are the 3 things Billy said were missing from all the great technologies he had witnessed at the conference.
- Human depravity, greed, selfishness, and evil from influencing the technology.
- Technology that addressed human suffering and inequality.
- No technology had ever addressed death or the inevitability of dying.
10 years later in 2008, it’s possible all three were addressed by bitcoin. At age 90 Billy was still alive, he would live 10 more years until he died at age 100.
- For the first time in human history a technology was released based on math, consensus algorithms, and cryptography without human involvement known as a DAO or Decentralized Autonomous Organization. This allowed the technology to run without human involvement, no CEO, no board, no headquarters, no employees, no customer service, no humans involved as far as the base protocol was concerned. Humans were involved in the verification process but not really, they just turned-on computers which verified the code, it was not subject to human interpretation or manipulation.
The protocol was immutable or unchangeable, but it was also flexible. In other words, there could be upgrades made but not to the base protocol.
Nobody had ever understood this prior to bitcoin and very few understand it now.
In order to prove the above, the founder of Bitcoin, a person who went by the alias of Satoshi Nakamoto, had to disappear from the entire project and not only from the entire project but from the entire world so no human greed or involvement would be present as Mr. Graham had stated 10 years earlier.
There was a big problem with disappearing, however.
- It would cost Satoshi billions of dollars.
- Satoshi would get no recognition, awards, or Pulitzer Prizes.
- Satoshi would have to forego fame, money, and power for the benefit of the world and humans don’t usually do that. Satoshi knew that if humans were involved it was prone to corruption so humans had to be eliminated from the protocol but that had never been done before.
To make matters worse, Satoshi had to figure out how to disappear.
- Without a trace of anyone seeing him EVER!
- No friends, no family, no mother, no father, no girlfriend, no work history. Satoshi had to disappear like an alien even though he was emailing a group of cypher-punks who knew everything about how to track people online.
- He succeeded, but it has never been done in human history. Interesting.
1. What about human suffering and inequality? Here is another first in the history of technology.
- If delivering hope and a purpose for the future is a good anecdote for suffering, then bitcoin fulfills a key need that can go a long way in enduring pain and suffering. Bitcoin is hope for billions of people who live outside the U.S. in an inflation torn economy which is eroding in front of their eyes.
- Millions of people have put videos online saying bitcoin is their only hope and bitcoin even has a website www.hope.com We will not delve into all the evidence of what long-term thinking and hope can do for people who are suffering, but the benefits are tremendous.
- Bitcoin is the first-time technology has allowed billions of people to own property without fear of having that property confiscated, stolen, seized, or devalued by their government.
- Bitcoin is the first time that property can be transferred to any person in the world without Western Union or money transfer companies and can be done for virtually free and it’s getting better by the day.
- Open-source protocols means everyone is invited to bitcoin no matter their race, color, religion, or socio-economic status. Everyone is welcome. Banks are no longer needed, and circular economies are forming around the world. Fix the money, fix the world is a popular belief and it appears to be playing out in front of our eyes and many are not aware of what this profound technology is doing and how they might learn more about it.
In other words, there is no inequality with bitcoin, it is already affecting millions of people’s lives for the better and books are being written about what is called ‘The Bitcoin Effect’.
No technology has ever had this effect on human beings and it’s growing exponentially.
2. What about death? Certainly, no technology can solve the problem of the inevitability of death, right?
- I guess it depends on your definition of death. In other words, many believe human beings have a spirit and a body. Many human beings are dead right now spiritually even though they are alive physically. What is better? We don’t know but being alive spiritually has profound effects on being alive physically.
- Blaise Pascal the famous mathematician and philosopher put forth Pascal’s Wager which challenges human beings to test and see if there is a possibility that there is life after death and C.S. Lewis the famous author said the same thing.
Maybe human beings need purpose to live and without that purpose, life is not really worth living and we find ourselves empty looking for more.
Is there a technology that can help us live on the inside and bring purpose and meaning to our outside physical lives? Maybe.
We don’t know these things, but it is interesting that a new technology known as Bitcoin is currently challenging those who study it the most with concepts and beliefs in which the person has never felt previous. Interesting.
Thank you for reading.