According to a recent Business Insider article, while speaking at the New York Times DealBook conference last week, Pichai said his 11-year-old son was using the family’s home PC to mine Ethereum (ETH).
“Last week I was at dinner with my son, and I was talking about something about bitcoin, and my son clarified what I was talking about was Ethereum, which is slightly different,” Pichai said. “He’s 11 years old. And he told me he’s mining it.”
Pichai’s statements last week were highly similar to those made by Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, who said that he and his son are both mining Ethereum last July at a blockchain conference hosted by Sir Richard Branson in Morocco.
“A year or two ago, my son insisted that we needed to get a gaming PC,” Brin said. “I told him, ‘OK, if we get a gaming PC, we have to mine cryptocurrency.’ So we set up an Ethereum miner on there, and we’ve made a few pennies, a few dollars since.”
A few dollars is probably accurate, seeing that mining profitability has declined steadily over the last year as major pools have begun to capture larger shares of the global hashrate across most major PoW coins. At current rates, the majority of GPU mining rigs are no longer profitable to run.
Despite Google’s key leadership showing a clear interest in cryptocurrency, the company itself has not been overly active in the space, with few major public investments to date. However, Google did recently lift the restrictions on crypto advertising in October of this year. Additionally, Google Search provides currency conversion support from Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum, Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).
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