The creator of C++ Bjarne Stroustrup regrets that his programming language was used to write the source code of bitcoin.
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a recent interview, a Danish computer scientist called C++ a tool, which use cannot be controlled.
“You try to improve the tool by looking at how it’s being used, and when people cut their fingers off, and try and stop that from happening. But really, you have no control over how something is used”, — said Bjarne Stroustrup.
Also along the way, Bjarne Stroustrup criticized mining for the unreasonable use of electricity, and also noted that bitcoin mainly serves criminals.
Recall that Satoshi Nakamoto implemented Bitcoin technology in C++.
“I am very happy and proud of some of the things that C++ is used for, but there are some things that I don’t like. My favorite example is Bitcoin mining. It consumes as much electricity as Switzerland, and basically serves the interests of criminals”, – said Bjarne Stroustrup.
The claims of Straustrup are not unfounded. Cryptocurrency mining does require a large amount of electricity to solve a complex mathematical puzzle that is rewarded with digital currency. At the same time, miners, as a rule, immediately sell the bitcoin they generate in order to cover their expenses.
According to the data of u.today, this year, the BTC Network utilized approximately 7 GigaWatts of electricity, or about 0.21 per cent of world supply. This has even forced some legislatures to charge BTC miners with some of the highest electricity rates.
However, Bjarne Stroustrup also considers blockchain as a “brilliant invention”, which has not found worthy of application yet.
According to some studies, approximately 25 per cent of Bitcoin (BTC) users and nearly half of all BTC transactions have been associated with illegal activities. Each year, BTC makes up about $72 billion in unlawful activity, putting the market volume on par with drug trafficking in Europe.
However, there is still no official confirmation of this.[box]The creator of C++ also announced the imminent “death” of bitcoin, as its popularity is rapidly declining.[/box]