In a recent conversation on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, praised Bitcoin as a significant advancement in technology. Altman emphasized that Bitcoin’s independence from government control makes it a powerful tool against corruption. He expressed enthusiasm for the concept of a global currency that is free from any government’s grasp.
Altman also discussed the potential of Bitcoin as a global reserve currency and expressed concerns about Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). As the founder of Worldcoin, he believes that a tech-powered world with Bitcoin at its core could be a solution to combat corruption. Altman explained that conducting transactions digitally through platforms like Bitcoin can offer transparency, reducing the barriers to societal progress caused by corruption.
On the other hand, Joe Rogan, while optimistic about Bitcoin, remains cautious about the broader cryptocurrency landscape. He sees Bitcoin as the frontrunner with the potential to become a universally accepted currency due to its limited availability and unique mining process.
It’s worth noting that Altman has been endorsing Bitcoin for a long time. A decade ago, he proposed a world where Bitcoin transactions dominate, highlighting its transparency as a means to combat corruption.
During the conversation, both Rogan and Altman expressed concerns about CBDCs, fearing the rise of a surveillance state in the US. Rogan particularly voiced his worries about CBDCs linked to a social credit score, viewing it as a means for exerting control rather than societal betterment. Altman echoed these sentiments, expressing dissatisfaction with the US government’s approach to the crypto industry and viewing it as an attempt to dominate and control, which saddened him.