Cameron Howard Winklevoss and Tyler Howard Winklevoss are twins, American rowers and entrepreneurs. The brothers are the founders of the social network ConnectU and have long sued Mark Zuckerberg, insisting that he stole the idea for his Facebook website.
Back in 2013, the twins invested approximately $11 million in bitcoins, buying around 1% of the cryptocurrency's volume, and in December 2017 became the world's first (publicly known) bitcoin billionaires. In 2013, the brothers bought bitcoins at $120 per bitcoin, and in December 2017, the cryptocurrency reached $20,000. Today, the Winklevoss twins remain one of the biggest investors in bitcoin, which is considered "an improved version of gold".
One might note that the news release of the major media outlets about twins and bitcoins has correlated markedly with the price of the cryptocurrency itself
- shortly after the release of this news the price of bitcoin jumped several times, from $200 to $1100.The dynamics of the twins' popularity demonstrates
that they gained their fame not due to their sports achievements, creation of a social network, litigation with Mark Zuckerberg and even not due to Ben Mezrich's novel about the creation of Facebook
. Their fame came precisely the month of the release of the Hollywood movie The Social Network
by popular director David Fincher.Release date: October 1, 2010 (United States)
The film shows how:
They try to create an intra-university social network and invite Zuckerberg to work as a programmer. Secretly from the twins, Mark and Eduardo begin to develop the idea they pitched of emulating real communication online: an exclusive social network for students.
One would think that a Hollywood blockbuster would give the impression of some special technological foresight of the twins, since Zuckerberg himself stole the idea from them that gave him success. That said, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the CIA and the Pentagon have tirelessly “worked behind the scenes on over 800 major movies and more than 1,000 TV titles."
And perhaps The Social Network is no exception in this case.In Cambridge, Massachusetts, exactly 19 years ago, the Pentagon shut down Project LifeLog.
The Pentagon canceled its so-called LifeLog project, an ambitious effort to build a database tracking a person's entire existence. Run by Darpa, the Defense Department's research arm, LifeLog aimed to gather in a single place just about everything an individual says, sees or does: the phone calls made, the TV shows watched, the magazines read, […]
The LifeLog program was canceled on February 3, 2004 after criticism concerning the privacy implications of the system.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thefacebook.com was registered the following day.
On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg launched "TheFacebook", originally located at thefacebook.com.
ix days after the site launched, Harvard seniors Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra accused Zuckerberg of intentionally misleading them into believing that he would help them build a social network called HarvardConnection.com. They claimed that he was instead using their ideas to build a competing product.
Perhaps the key to Facebook's success is not Zuckerberg's implementation of the project itself or the original idea of the Winklevoss twins. Perhaps it is the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, that is key.
In that case, if Facebook was originally a front for the LifeLog program, and the Hollywood movie that made the Winklevoss twins famous was just a successful public relations
act by the Pentagon, then the twins' credibility as "technological visionaries" - who had a noticeable impact on today's bitcoin price - may be called into question. Moreover, if such a link does exist, then the price of bitcoin appears to be indirectly dependent on the share price of Facebook, and indeed the US military-industrial complex as a whole.