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The Blockchain and Us (2017)

492 556 views | 4 Apr. 2017

A film by Manuel Stagars

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)

David Birch

Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion

Guildford, UK

Perianne Boring

Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Washington, USA

Christian Decker

Core Tech Engineer, Blockstream

Zurich, Switzerland

Taylor Gerring

Co-Founder, Ethereum

Zug, Switzerland

Marco Carlo Grossi

Director Audit & Risk Advisory, Deloitte Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Caitlin Long

Chairman of the Board & President at Symbiont.io

New York, USA

R. Jesse McWaters

Financial Innovation Lead, World Economic Forum

New York, USA

Paul Meeusen

Head Finance and Treasury Services, Swiss Re

Zurich, Switzerland

Dolfi Müller

Mayor of the City of Zug

Zug, Switzerland

Matthew Roszak

Co-Founder & Chairman, Bloq

Chicago, USA

Guido Rudolphi

Founder, Cryptocash

Uster, Switzerland

Jan Seffinga

Partner, Deloitte Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Elizabeth Stark

Co-Founder & CEO, Lightning

San Francisco, USA

Alex Tapscott

Founder & CEO, Northwest Passage Ventures

Co-Author "Blockchain Revolution"

Toronto, Canada

Lars Thomsen

Chief Futurist & Founder, Future Matters

Zurich, Switzerland

Eric Van der Kleij

Founder Adeptra, London Tech City, Level39. Adviser UK Govt, Kickstart Accelerator

London, UK

Roger Wattenhofer

Professor, Distributed Computing Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)

Zurich, Switzerland

Rik Willard

Founder & Managing Director, Agentic Group

New York, USA

Steve Wilson

Digital Identity Innovator & Analyst

Sydney, Australia

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.

To enable more films like this one, feel free to support my projects at https://www.manuelstagars.com/support

Listen to the song in the end credits: https://soundcloud.com/stagars/low-sea-end-credits-from-the-blockchain-and-us

Rocket Junior

Some ppl in this vid said some very good things about what blockchain can bring us.


20:02 "Smart phones for less than five dollars"...LOL .. And, by the time they get to the store shelf, they're $500. Only worth $5 but, slap a name like "Apple" on it and sell for whatever the fools of the day will pay... $1500 more likely.. Apple consumers are THAT stupid.

Simple22 Travel

Satoshi is from my home town and I know which school he went to.

T Jay

Blockchain is completely useless once it hits the human world. It only works in the digital world, like bitcoin.

Darius Dalim

That was a lot of talk but they didn't explain blockchain at all. (from a technical point of view)

Cesar Rosa


Shashank Kotwal

Nice work

B Morpheus

great....open my eye!!!! Thanks!

Gabriel Parra Cortes

Me gustó mucho este documental; como entusiasta de blockchain te digo gracias por postearlo. Sorry if i no writte in your lenguage and bad ortography . ?

Femena Fem

13:25 reality...


Yeah, we're all going to be rich and everything will be wonderful. The rich are going to share! Isn't it marvelous. Oh wait....

Carlos M.

Wow, tão actual!!! ... Parabens ...

Dani 007


vaX Cymaticka

That chain though.. 14:44

Ronald Corlette

A digital file or ledger ,recorded in a much secure manner.


A resource based economy is where blockchain will ultimately end up producing. It's the end game for crypo

lynch Kenna

Deeply happy I come across this trustworthy vendor been a second time of getting CC from her smithjuli
On telegram much love I have for you ?✅

Home Made Jam

Great work. I am already a believer in the blockchain technology, your documentary laid it all out very succinctly. There is really no excuse to be ignorant about the phenomenon. I have shared this on my FB page. Thanks.

shubham mishra

the question for me still stays, What is blockchain?

Alan I

Good work, different approach n views ??? but still trying to force it to shape they know, not freeing up their minds ???

Midasman 17

I cant believe less than 500k have watched this. Watch the numbers rocket along with crypto prices in the coming years.


Soy el comentario en español que buscas

oscar carmona

yo pien so que esto esta diseñado para personas que hacen movimientos grandes de dinero empresarios y gente asi pero a los ciudadanos que no tenemos acceso a telefonos inteligentes en donde la señal de internet es muy poca o casi nula donde tu para solicitar una tarjeta de credito te ponen un sin fin de peros y trabas este sistema de blockchain no aplica en un pais tercer mundista y no por la tecnologia que el pais pueda tener sino por la manera de pensar de los ciudadanos hay que educar a la gente para que podamos subir a otro nivel de entendimiento otra cosa como hariamos por ejemplo yo soy costurera en que me beneficia una moneda virtual si no tengo tarjeta de credito por que son muy pocos los empresarios en el pais que pudieran tener acceso a este sistema o sera mas bien una manera de desaparecer aa los mas desprotegidos por decirlo asi en el ambito economico y social

Jonathas Johnny

Santos Dumon criou o avião!!!!!

A m

Yes we should help each other out

Ben Ruskin

solid industry introductions to blockchains but whaaaaats with
all the chemtrails 21:28

danny iskandar

Amazing documentary ...

Dodjie Santos

Without the bitcoin, there would be no blockchain. Every industry is looking at using the blockchain.

David Bermudez

I discovered BTC back in late 2009 through 4chan

Pong Kham

Who owns the blockchain for bitcoin. Who built this technology? A mystery man?


Yes, santos dumont! BRAZIL


I guess it's at the extremely vague stage at the time of making this film. It's going to be used to control people and everything in their lives by those outside of it so nothing new really just a more efficient and inescapable system. Slave management. There, I explained it.

Terence Kearns

Blockchain is obsolete. Research hashgraph.


Blockchain is ushering in Agorism.

OneMahnArmy 2112

Fantastic content, great camerawork and presentation. As a film maker/vid producer, I “get” the airplane analogy- thanks for NOT doing a rocket for the “moon” kids. This is a big boy game...and the shift is HERE. Time for implementation.✌?

DowskiVision MagicalOracle

What's with the random clips of chemtrails?

V Zero

You all know what else chains have? A weak link.

Barbara Brinkmeyer

10 to 20-yr delay. We're motivated to birth this change.

carlo moretti

Ethereum has an enormous potential

Biff Chain


DowskiVision MagicalOracle

28:12 Am I the only one disturbed by this guy's comparison of blockchain adoption to Microsoft Windows being rammed down everybody's throat throughout the 90's?

Pete Howson

19.05: 7% of Americans don't have a bank account. Not 50% http://fortune.com/2016/09/08/unbanked-americans-fdic/


Great documentary Manuel and crew! Very cool corporation perspectives and long term vision potential of blockchain. The question is 'will we'? Best line.

The count of crypto

comment at 20.05 will help the poor and should be the focus of the first movement

Sammy Speros

A useless brain just following like a follower.. while the hackers love to play the game.....

Nathan Simmons

Brilliant! Stands up well over a year later.


A bunch of salespeople trying to sell you the technology. Code your own blockchain to learn it (google it). Then think critically about what can be wrong with it and search for critics. Consider both sides -- those pro and against it. Then make up your mind. Personally, I find the currency application unfeasible. Blockchain can have some applications but then you realize the hype isn't real -- cryptography has been there forever and nobody celebrates it this way. A million other inventions are as profound, or more, and the average person does not spend time thinking or hyping those. Wake up.

Jimmy Wilkins

We all know we need a new money system but the mystical bitcoin is not it. All things on the internet come and go but to have something that is not back up by something to have value. The industry that was before was built on something like railroads and roads and buildings but the money system has changed from gold and silver to paper and now to digital so you decide what is money or what is wealth.

Алексей Кротков

Спасибо за фильм) Очень полезная информация) читаю много комментариев к криптовалютам и технологиям блокчейн, многие ругают её, некоторые не понимают) думаю просто надо изучить данную тему а не ждать что кто то все объяснит))) объяснят тогда, когда таких доходов как сейчас уже не будет))) Изучайте все самостоятельно)) Удачи всем)

Jimmy Wilkins

If only 21 million bitcoins are all there is and there is not that many now so how does everyone get a bitcoin that wants one.

Edward Ferry

He didn’t invent the blockchain he doesn’t even use the term in his original paper .. it’s only useful as a technology where decentralisation is of greater benefit than centralisation and the benefits are greater than the resources required to solve the original problem. They also need to be public rather than private or it never achieves mass adoption which is a necessary step in terms of value generation. You also need more than a distributed network and cryptography, there will be a lot of failed Amazons and Googles along the way who never find mass value and a lot of baloney spoken about the blockchain just as there were about e-commerce. Bitcoin was the first to make a real application of blockchain technology but a lot of people speak here who have an understanding but have yet to find another universal application of similar magnitude. It isn’t complex to understand it only needs a handful of elements to enable a working blockchain but it’s complex to find what value and benefit it creates as you can see here with a lot of the people that speak.

Roberto Pinheiro Machado

Great film, thank you. Please note that there is considerable controversy in the history of aviation regarding who created "the airplane":
Thank you!


Sorry, nah, y’all gonna get burned. Have fun! Write me after you lose. Can’t wait to hear the trolls who hate on me. Hahahahahahahah

alan roig

Bitcoin= perfect way for MAFIAS, NARCOTRAFFIC, TERRORISTS, CRIMINALS etc. to pass money without any control.

Crypto GutZz

So cool. Thanks

Bonnie House

I'm quite disappointed with this documentary. I do have a now working knowledge of block chain but I was hoping to see how this technology itself is applied to real-time business processes/operations. I thought this documentary would demonstrate how block chain is applied. Where are the practical examples? All of these are just interviews how block chain is "so good" "so revolutionary" but how???

Davinder Arora

Blockchain is reality now and going to take over legacy systems with in 2019. Please check if below social moral principles can be helpful for core fabric of this revolution

1.     One should always be
ready to accept truth and to renounce untruth.

2.     All acts should be
performed after deliberating what is right and wrong.

3.     The prime objective of
new Society is to do well to the world, that is, to promote physical, spiritual
and social good of everyone.

4.     Our/Every one conduct
towards all should be guided by love, righteousness and justice.

5.     We should dispel ignorance)
and promote (knowledge).

6.     No one should be
content with promoting his/her good only; on the contrary, one should look for
his/her good in promoting the good of all.

7.     One should regard
oneself under restriction to follow the rules of society calculated to promote
the well-being of all, while in following the rules of individual welfare all
should be free.

DowskiVision MagicalOracle

25:00 Human societies have never NEEDED government, yet there they are manipulating, weaseling, and injecting themselves into all of our interactions and activities.

R N.

Zzzzz....airplane ?Where??

Dee Dee

Santos Dumont invented the airplane.

Sebastian Perez

The brothers created a huge slingshot. Santos Dumont created the first plane

Flimty Fiber Pelangsing

14:20 that Blackchain Necktology

Crypto Resources

Thanks for this.

Silver Miner

propaganda, blokchain will be the chains of humanity, bitcoin is a trick and a trap

[BTFD] Live Webinars & Trading Education

just brilliant! wel done on a great job on so many levels


great and love this ^^

Ronald Corlette

It is to facilitate the speed of transactions globally like clock work , eliminate the hassle to go a plain to close deals on business goals etc.

Taliesin Freund

love it


Great informative vid for anyone, not just how points we gained, tk you

Crypto Nova

the Wright brothers did not invent the airplane...BS!

Saurabh P

after 19 mins ish - "I wouldn't like to think we are making so much prosperity for the 1%!" lol


Nice doku! Laht richtig ruum frei für inspiration! Ono coole sound am schluss!

Jimmy D

What needs to happen is to get rid of the scarcity principle. All people should have money enough to last a lifetime.

Imagine enough money to do whatever one pleases, true freedom.

People may go spend crazy for a while but it would soon settle as people become content with their lot. No one should have to suffer because of scarcity. Humans naturally want to be useful but scarcity creates depression and hopelessness.
Cost of goods and luxuries would find a natural level as if we all have unlimited money to pay for goods and luxuries it would be pointless to keep raising prices so goodbye inflation.

winston smith

0:42 He, or, they didnt invent it though. It was a follow-up (and quite similar to an earlier project) so it was genesis involving many people over time.

Joseph Cirafici

Thanks for this. Great insight. You should consider using subtitles to clarify what the foreigners who speak English are saying.

Alejandro Miles

Muy bueno. Muchas Gracias.

luli amigos

A brazilian named Santos Dumont invented the airplane.

Neil Frye

Excellent documentary thank you.

Fatima Back

if you have any lost bitcoins or if you have lost your blockchain password and you still have funds and will like to recover it, then this will be the best option I can recommend you to,
check it out https://youtu.be/9Wryo8mD3do

Mandeep Singh

Nice Documentary Amazing work. Thanks


Feels and sounds like Werner Herzog! Great doc


Some of these Bitcoin proponents should concentrate on innovating and making money through Bitcoin. Grand claims were made about microfinance, awards too. But they never considered the consequences of removing the barriers they targetted. The suicides started showing up soon after, poor people who got themselves into such debt they would never get out. Who takes responsibility for that? This 'helping the poor' line is being delivered by those ignorant of what the life of the poor is. Just listen to 'a poor person just needs a cell phone and the internet'- so says the sophisticated and experienced mind of his own practice.

Rogério Lima

I worry on the social inpacts of th so called forth industrial revolution. Wealth concentration, virtual surveillance, weakened civil decision power, hightech-low life. Could blockchain be a hope for a less unequal dystopian future?

Ujjawal Gupta

I guess it's the money thing which makes its attracting more and more people apart from solving different problems


nicely done. But holy f*** swiss people and their accent.. i'm ashamed of my country hahaha

Thibaud Marechal

Missing a lot of info on the tech... only talks about 1% of what BC is all about...


Bitcoin Mining through Crowd + Cloud - https://youtu.be/wpc_T-eKZew

Mickey Drago

This video was published when Bitcoin hit over $1,100, inside of 6 months it was over 4,000, within a few more months it hit almost 20,000...

JM Consulting

spannendes Video, Danke :)

Richard Strach

It's not fun or interesting... PLEASE get real Jobs and create real products!!!
Hashgraph killed it
NSA is guiding this globalization of currency exchange and eventually chipping of the human unit

Glevy Baybayon

You can check the Pi blockchain project below while the mining still free just using your cellphone.

Pi is a new digital currency developed by Stanford PhDs, with over 8 million members worldwide. To claim your Pi, follow this link https://minepi.com/glevs and use my username (glevs) as your invitation code.

Ronald Corlette

move from book ledger of banking records to digital ledger and file keeping in all your finances , instead of store in banks you can access your finances on a smart phone etc in transactions and so on .

j mc

Block chain have already been taken over by the powerful few. This was predictable as big corps like Microsoft and banks become involved and go public. Tech only goes mainstream once The powerful figure out how to control it. There’s now going to be Oracles with special powers to edit info in a block chain under the pretence of security. So they’ll be the ones to influence. Guess who’ll have the ability to do this? Block chain was intended to hold info in multiple locations have all control sit with the user. But this obv made the wealthy and powerful nervous. So as the 99% slowly adapt block chain and bitcoins they won’t know this until it’s too late. I’m now waiting for the technology that will finally prevent/circumvent the ability of any of the powerful to control it and truly have all control in the users hands.

New technology like block chain which was originally design to put control in the hands of users only goes mainstream once the few wealthy/powerful who run this planet figure out how to control it. Which is now happening with Microsoft, Overstock and big banks etc. They’ve added the role of special ‘Oracles’ with powers to edit info in a block chain under pretence of security but it’s just way to control info flow and whats made public. Similar to current high level online ‘scrubbing’. Oracles will be the ones to influence. Guess who’ll have that ability? Block chain was intended to hold info in multiple locations (virtually impossible to track) and have control sit with users. This obv made the wealthy and powerful nervous. So as black chain/bitcoins go mainstream most won’t catch on to this or care until it’s too late. One day technology will finally be developed avail to all which prevents/circumvents ability of anyone or thing to control or edit it and all control will sit with users. Only then will corrupt powers finally lose control over everything/one.

okram ovic

dude, nice shots, but wheres some -ucking data? it has the exact same limitation as every other introductory resource on blockchain, except that in this case its financial + tech insiders who say those big generic prophecies. i want something to hold, some concrete examples for my brain to understand how it will be and is used. its like jehova witnesses promising me something in future that i should not deny right now but you - filmmaker - give no arguments, what is then the reason to watch this?? why is so information-scarce?


This is what we need now on a global level, real use case.

Satoshin Nakamoto

Great video also no machine can get two blocks in a row ever.

Tom Dowling

Two dozen+ hypesters telling me something is great, without telling me exactly what it does. I heard that financial transactions can be completed without needing intermediaries, which means they can be completed without the knowledge of the government, which means the government will do its utmost to block the implementation of this technology.

Leandro Pelegrini

The Wright brothers invented a giant slingshot, the airplane was Santos Dummond. :)

Nora Germain

Wish there was a documentary or at least footage of what people said about the internet before it got going, or anyone speculating about technology we all use every day now. Would be interesting to compare :)

Mauro Perna

Gracias Manuel soy economista y estoy obsesionado con blockchain.

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