Bjarne Stroustrup, the man who invented the world’s most popular computer programming language says he regrets that his work was used to build bitcoin, slamming the cryptocurrency as a tool that ‘mostly serves criminals’.
Danish computer scientist Bjarne Stroustrup invented the language C++ in 1985. And 34 years since it’s release, the language remains as one of the most commonly used codes woven into systems throughout the world. However, Stroustrup now says that his biggest regret over the last four decades is that his work went on to become the code upon which bitcoin is based. “When you build a tool, you do not know how it is going to be used,” he lamented.
I’m very happy and proud of some of the things C++ is being used for and there are some other things I wish people wouldn’t do.” He stated.
“Bitcoin mining is my favourite example – it uses as much energy as Switzerland and mostly serves criminals.”
Bitcoin uses up to an astonishing seven gigawatts of electricity a year and accounting for 0.21 percent of the world’s supplies and because of this, it attracts criticism for its negative environmental impact. Coin Rivet is a website bringing news, information, analysis, opinion and insight from the fast-moving blockchain world.
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