OpenAI CEO and Joe Rogan Explore Bitcoin and AI’s Future
In a recent episode of Joe Rogan’s widely recognized podcast, OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman, joined the host to explore a range of topics, from artificial intelligence (AI) to toe digital asset space.
Episode #2044 not only explored the pros and cons of AI but also ventured into discussions on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the FTX controversy, and the frontline cryptocurrency, Bitcoin (BTC).
Rogan’s podcast, known for its far-reaching audience, provided a platform for an earnest discussion on the expansion of surveillance in the US, sparking Rogan’s clear-cut concerns regarding CBDCs and their possible tie-in with social credit scores. The podcast host firmly expressed his belief that the CBDC movement aims more for “control” than societal benefit.
Delving into the FTX Scandal: A Comical but Cautionary Tale
Altman shared in Rogan’s worries, noting how “the war on crypto” has brought about a sense of melancholy concerning the country’s path.
As the dialogue shifted towards the FTX fiasco, Altman remarked, “FTX was sort of a comically bad situation that we shouldn’t learn too much from.” Rogan, equally candid, didn’t hide his enthusiasm for the scandal’s wilder stories. “I really do, I love the fact that they were all doing drugs and having sex with each other,” he laughed.
The topic then moved to Rogan’s intrigue with Bitcoin (BTC). He shared:
“The real fascinating crypto is Bitcoin. To me, that’s the one that I think has the most likely possibility of becoming a universal viable currency. It’s limited in the amount that there can be, people mine it … that to me is very fascinating, and I love the fact that it’s been implemented.”
Altman Shills Worldcoin Too
Altman worryingly introduced his experiences with the Worldcoin initiative in response to Rogan’s musings, claiming that it broadened his perspective on cryptocurrency.
“I’m excited about it for the same reasons,” Altman commented. “I’m excited about bitcoin too, but I think this idea that we have a global currency that is outside of the control of any government, is a super logical and important step.”
However, he didn’t mention Worldcoin’s approach to a global currency contradicting the principles that have made bitcoin attractive to many. The model introduces a centralized system which relies on collecting users’ biometric data, a stark contrast to the decentralized, pseudonymous nature of bitcoin.
Rogan didn’t fall for the Worldcoin debate, but questioned the necessity of government control over currency and suggesting that authorities should shift their focus to crucial areas like infrastructure.