Lately, free stuff has gotten a bad rap. It’s not uncommon to hear people say things like, “If you’re not paying, you’re the product not the customer.” It’s clever and thought provoking, but mostly intended as a put-down to the rubes getting their social media for free. (That includes me). But maybe it’s time to rehabilitate the idea of free stuff being a good thing, because nearly everything will be free soon.
Paul Brody is EY’s global innovation leader for blockchain and a CoinDesk columnist.
I can still remember when, as a child, long-distance phone calls to family members on