Steve Wozniak, the brains behind Apple while some say Jobs was the face, said ethereum is a platform, like Apple, at the WeAreDevelopers conference.
Bitcoin is like digital gold, Wozniak said. While the presenter says ethereum is more like a commodity, gas, oil, where you can actually do stuff sort of thing.
“Well, it’s a platform.” Wozniak said before further adding “When we started Apple, our Apple 2 computer was a platform.
Here’s all the documentation, open source, you can see how you develop parts, look at the examples we have done. How to develop software, how to modify the softwares in here.
It was a platform for others, so thousands of companies started up. Sometimes high school kids started their own company, and then they’d put up little ads in little electronic journals, ads for my product, for the Apple 2.
Everybody in the world was advertising for us and we didn’t have to. So platforms is how the world can grow by opening up to millions of other smart people.
The product that changed my life the most from Apple isn’t the Iphone, it’s the App Store. The apps that are in the app store. Third party apps developed by all the people with all the ideas all over the place. And that’s an example of a platform.”
“So, ethereum is the new Apple, no?” – the presenter asks. “Ethereum, ethereum might actually gone… recommend.” – Wozniak says, while his body movement was replying with a yes.
He then mentions he doesn’t invest. He has one bitcoin and two eth for usage to try new things and do things with it, rather than as an investment.
Wozniak further says that it could be many of the things that are being tried now in the blockchain space are ahead of their time.
He mentions the time in the 90s, for example, when there were all these ideas about getting videos on the internet, pictures, and then the late 90s, early 2000s boom and bust. Now we take them for granted he says, but it took a decade so the same may apply to blockchain projects.
Most of the current big internet companies were however built around that time, including Google, Facebook and Amazon so another interpretation might be that the big blockchain projects are being built now or will be built in the next few years.
Wozniak says he bought some eth quite early on, which we take it to mean perhaps in 2016, so suggesting one of the giants in the tech world, and a role model for an entire generation, is a pretty big fan of ethereum, the platform.