Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of the C++ programming language, has a negative opinion of Bitcoin

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Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of the C ++ programming language, has a negative opinion of Bitcoin

Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of the C++ programming language, has a negative opinion of Bitcoin.

This Danish computer and science genius, known for creating one of the world’s most-used computer programming languages, was interviewed in a Lex Fridman artificial intelligence (AI) podcast.

During this interview, Lex Fridman addressed the issue of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies on the use cases of this new programming language.

The response of the creator of C++ can surprise and is rather negative concerning Bitcoin, especially about the mining of cryptocurrency like Bitcoin BTC.

Bjarne Stroustrup answers this about Bitcoin:


“Let me say it this way. When you create the tool, you do not know how it will be used.
You try to improve the tool by looking at how it is used but (…) you really have no control over how the thing is used.
I am therefore very happy and proud of some of the things used by C++ and others that I would not want to see.
Bitcoin mining is my favorite example.
It uses as much energy as Switzerland and mainly serves criminals.”

The creator of C++ regrets the harmful aspect for the ecology of bitcoin mining or other cryptocurrencies using the same mining protocol to create BTC tokens for example.
Mining Bitcoin BTC actually requires a lot of electrical energy with negative consequences for the environment and ecology.

Bjarne Stroustrup also evokes another aspect according to him which is the use of Bitcoin BTC by criminals.
Going so far as to say that cryptocurrency serves “mainly” criminals.
Statement that may seem surprising when we see practical cases in which blockchain technology is already used in the automotive sector, food, art, etc…

It is always interesting to hear the opinions of geniuses in different fields and of course that of the creator of a programming language like C++.
This is an interesting interview to listen to in this podcast on artificial intelligence and to learn more about this genius of computing.