BitTorrent Inventor: My Goal Is To Kill Off TV.
BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen dreams small. Minuscule. All he endeavors to do is to kill off television. As an aside, imagine being the guy or gal who created BiTorrent? Like a boss.
Torrent sites have been having a turbulenttime recently, but that doesn’t bother BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen. Instead, he’s insistent that peer-to-peer sharing is the future of the way we consume media.
According to GigaOm, on Monday Cohen demonstrated his P2P live streaming protocol at the San Francisco MusicTech Summit. We’ve explained his new idea before, and it should be capable of streaming live video across thousands of computers without any central infrastructure.
“My goal here is to kill off television,” explained Cohen. He has his sights set on using the system for video conferencing, live streams of video game tournaments – or even live sports events. Let’s wait and see how successful he is.
I don’t know about TV Proper ever fully dying off, but I know that almost all of my television consumption comes from Netflix/Hulu or something I have DVR’d. Actively sitting in front of a TV and waiting for the arrival of a show almost never occurs, and I don’t think I’d miss if it it went the way of the dinosaur.