Bjarne Stroustrup, the founder of C++ says he doesn’t like the idea that Bitcoin is written in the language he writes. C++ is a basic programming language that is used for process programming of CPU functions and provides control over hardware. This is the key to Bitcoin, especially in terms of its mining algorithms.
In an interview with Artificial Intelligence expert Lex Fridman and Artificial Intelligence Podcast, Bjarne Stroustrup said:
It’s like a tool, and when you build it, you can’t anticipate its purpose. I’m very happy and proud of some of the things that have been built with C++. Bitcoin mining is an example of a bitcoin mining that consumes as much energy as a Swiss country and primarily serves criminals.
Bjarne Stroustrup is critical of cryptocurrencies in two areas: large-scale power consumption and illegal trading.
Bitcoin remains the digital coin of choice for cybercriminals, according to a recent report in Europe. According to some studies, about 25% of Bitcoin users and almost half of BTC transactions are related to illegal activity. Each year, BTC’s illegal activities amount to about $72 billion, putting the market in the same amount as drug trafficking in Europe. In 2019, the volume of dark-net Bitcoin transactions could exceed $1 billion, and the BTC network uses about 7 gigawatts of electricity, or about 0.21% of the world’s supply. This has even forced some legislatures to charge BTC miners for the highest electricity bills.
But in fact, the debate over the energy consumption of Bitcoin mining is real, and bitcoin “mostly” facilitates criminal activity is unproven.