Gavin Wood is one of the founding fathers Ethereum (ETH). He was part of a group headed by Vitalik Buterin, which set out to create Bitcoin’s rival. Wood was the computer scientist who created the first smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain in 2014. Wood spoke exclusively to Cointelegraph and admitted that he was just looking for a job at the time.
He was a self-described “technologist at heart” and knew that coding was his passion. From an early age, he switched from building LEGO bricks to writing code blocks.
The Silk Road was the online black market where he first encountered Bitcoin. It ran from 2011 to 2013. Wood said that the cryptocurrency initially “took his interest” because it was “a pure algorithmic mechanism for human cooperation” and “allows us to create social structures that aren’t yet seen.”
Wood realized that there was a job opening for him, and he started networking. Wood was hired to help Buterin transform Ethereum from a white paper into a functioning blockchain after a meeting with Johnny bitcoin. His goal in creating Ethereum was to make society better.
“This [the] technology is being used for building the new world — the future that will drive human civilization for at least the remainder of the century.”
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The video ends with Wood’s words from a July 2014 interview in Hong Kong, in which he suggested that Ethereum could replace economic institutions. Eight years later, financial and economic institutions are being disrupted by Ethereum and the ever-evolving blockchain and cryptocurrency technology.
Wood eventually left the Ethereum development team to found Polkadot, a multi-chain sharded protocol. Kusama (KSM) was used to test the network on the Polkadot blockchain.