ChatGPT CEO warns US government wants to control Bitcoin. The creator of OpenAI, the organization that houses the interactive artificial intelligence (AI) platform ChatGPT, Sam Altman, has expressed his fears about the future of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), saying that he thinks the US government would pose a significant threat to them.
In a recent interview with Joe Rogan, Altman expressed his shock at the American government’s offensive against the industry. He expressed dissatisfaction with how the government has handled digital assets by saying that recent government initiatives amount to a “war on crypto.”
“I’m disappointed that the U.S. government has done recently, but the war on crypto, which I think is a, like, we can’t give this up, we’re going to control [bitcoin and crypto] makes me quite sad about the country,” Altman said.
His remarks reflect the growing anxiety among crypto fans and business executives about further government involvement in digital currencies. Government organizations like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have come under fire for allegedly trying to stifle the cryptocurrency industry.
Altman continued by expressing his grave worries about the potential growth of the surveillance state in the US, particularly in light of state control of the currency. He declared that he is “super against” the idea of central bank digital currency (CBDCs) and said as much.
It is important to note that lawmakers and regulators in the United States have discussed CBDCs, with the majority expressing rejection. According to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, implementing such a technology is still a long way off.
Altman’s support for Bitcoin
Altman also emphasized the need for a universal currency independent of all governments while expressing his continued enthusiasm for Bitcoin.
“I’m excited about Bitcoin, too. 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 on the tech tree,” he added.
Altman has come under fire from Bitcoin community members because he participated in the contentious Worldcoin cryptocurrency project. In exchange for Worldcoin’s cryptocurrency (WLD), the project seeks to compile a database of people by scanning their eyes. Critics claim that it presents ethical and privacy issues.
Globally, various governments have outlawed Worldcoin activities due to the dispute; nations like Kenya have cited worries about data privacy as the primary justification for their measures.