During an October 6th episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman described Bitcoin (BTC) as a “highly rational” progression on the technological landscape, offering independence from government influence while aiding in the battle against corruption.
“I’m enthusiastic about Bitcoin,” Altman conveyed to Joe Rogan.
During his extensive conversation with Joe Rogan, the head of OpenAI shared his views on Bitcoin potentially becoming a global reserve currency and expressed his reservations regarding central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).
Altman, who additionally founded Worldcoin, suggested that the transition to a “technology-powered world,” inclusive of Bitcoin, might play a role in diminishing corruption.
Altman remarked, “Corruption is an enormous obstacle to societal progress, as many have undoubtedly observed. However, in a realm where transactions, even when employing Bitcoin, are conducted digitally and can be tracked in some manner, it becomes possible.”
Meanwhile, Rogan conveyed his optimism for Bitcoin, despite harboring reservations about the broader cryptocurrency sector. He believes that Bitcoin has the potential to evolve into a “universal, functional currency.” Rogan further stated, “That aspect is incredibly intriguing to me. I appreciate the fact that it has been put into practice.”
In a blog post dating back a decade, Altman asserted that a world conducting transactions in Bitcoin would achieve greater transparency.
Altman stated, “A world in which we all engage in Bitcoin transactions would be significantly more transparent, and financial transparency is highly beneficial. It may be the most effective means of reducing corruption.”
Rogan and Altman Express “Deep Concerns” About CBDCs and Criticize the U.S. Crypto Policy
In the meantime, Altman and Rogan jointly voiced their strong opposition to CBDCs and voiced apprehension about the potential transformation of the United States into a surveillance-oriented state.
Rogan contended that CBDCs could grant governments even greater authority over individuals’ financial transactions:
Altman also expressed his dissatisfaction with the recent actions of the U.S. government towards the cryptocurrency sector:
“I have many concerns about the decisions made by the U.S. government in recent times, particularly the stance on cryptocurrency. It’s as if we’re saying, ‘We won’t let this go; we’re determined to regulate and control it all.’ That’s something that deeply saddens me about the nation,” he remarked.