In a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, voiced his enthusiasm for Bitcoin while expressing strong reservations about Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). Altman characterized Bitcoin as a “super logical” progression on the technology tree, highlighting its independence from government control and its potential to combat corruption.
During the Oct. 6 podcast episode, Altman conveyed his excitement about Bitcoin, emphasizing the significance of having a global currency free from government influence. He noted that this concept represents a natural and important step in technological evolution.
Altman, who also founded Worldcoin, delved into the broader implications of a technologically-driven world, including the role of Bitcoin in reducing corruption. He observed that corruption poses a significant obstacle to societal progress and suggested that digital payment systems, such as Bitcoin, have the potential to enhance transparency and reduce corruption.
On the same note, Joe Rogan shared his optimism for Bitcoin, despite harboring skepticism about the broader cryptocurrency industry. He expressed a belief in Bitcoin’s potential to become a universally accepted currency, citing its limited supply and decentralized mining process as key factors contributing to its appeal.
Altman’s support for Bitcoin is not new, as he had previously argued in a blog post a decade ago that a world transacting in Bitcoin would be inherently more transparent and less prone to corruption.
In contrast, both Altman and Rogan expressed strong opposition to CBDCs and voiced concerns about the United States evolving into a surveillance state. Rogan particularly feared the potential linkage of CBDCs to social credit scores, which could grant governments excessive control over individuals’ spending habits. Altman shared Rogan’s concerns and expressed disappointment in the U.S. government’s recent actions, particularly its stance on cryptocurrency regulation, which he viewed as a regrettable development for the country.