One show that takes some creative liberties with technology as it exists today is “StartUp,” which hits Sony’s Crackle next month. The drama is about a fictional crypto-currency called GenCoin, created by a Miami coding savant, which supposedly succeeds where the real-world BitCoin failed by incorporating self-governing artificial intelligence to be impervious to tampering and fraud.
“It’s 100% in the realm of possibility,” insists showrunner Ben Ketai, the show’s creator, writer, director and exec producer, who vetted the concept with digital-currency experts. But he acknowledges there’s a “level of dreaming” with “StartUp” because no one has made anything like GenCoin yet. “If I could have created this,” he quips, “I wouldn’t be making TV shows.”