Jed McCaleb is known for utilizing his programming skills to create platforms that help other people. One of the first things that Jed ever created was eDonkey2000. eDonkey2000 was one of the first peer to peer (p2p) file-sharing networks. The innovative aspect of eDonkey2000 was its multi-source downloading and its use of Kademlia DHT. Jed then went on to create the first way to exchange Bitcoin, Mt. Gox. Jed’s interest in financial infrastructure worldwide and the issues it comes with led him to then create Stellar.org.
Jed is the Chief Technical Officer at Stellar.org. His goal is to help those who do not have access to regular banks around the world. People with no access to a regular bank account lose the ability to save and easily transfer monies. They also end up paying large fees if they do send money back to their families. Stellar helps to connect and streamline these different banking structures, reducing costs and making it easier for people to move money around the world.
Another way Jed McCaleb is helping to make a better world utilizing technology is by donating to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI). MIRI is a non-profit which concentrates on using artificial intelligence and making sure it is safe for future generations to use. Jed has taken a special interest in MIRI because he acknowledges that artificial intelligence has such huge potential for good, but also has a terrifying aspect to it. He sees the potential for artificial intelligence to solve many problems and to make life easier for many, but he also wants to be sure it is done safely.
Jed McCaleb has a passion for technology and its potential to help all people that is astounding. His determination to find innovative ways to help people, even the poorest of people, is inspirational. His drive and willingness to keep going no matter the obstacle is going to continue allowing him huge amounts of success.