Essayist Nassim Nicholas Taleb is the author of the famous book “Black Swan”. He is one of the world’s leading experts in the fields of probability and uncertainty. But the best-selling author recently criticized the cryptocurrency. He also angered Charles Hoskinson, the co-founder of Cardano (ADA). Find how.
Taleb criticizes blockchain and cryptocurrency users
On December 20, 2022, bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb gave his take on cryptocurrencies. He has shown his aversion to new technologies, through a chirp. He said not all idiots use cryptocurrencies. However, everyone who enters the industry is peculiar jerks. According to the best-selling author, those involved in cryptocurrencies have done it a missing thread in their brains.
Taleb argues that the latter works differently. He added: “Yes, I had some hopes for cryptocurrencies, but it didn’t turn out to be what I expected and when I delved into blockchain, I saw that it was a scam for poorly wired technoheads. Whether it’s cryptocurrencies or blockchain, I’ve never been blinded by hope“.
On December 31, 2022, Lex Friedman, a prominent MIT AI researcher, released a statement on Twitter. The “Lex Friedman Podcast” host has appeared in a chirp books he intends to read in 2023. He spoke of reading one book a week. It didn’t take long to get Taleb to react. Indeed, the bestselling author questioned Friedman’s credibility. He took the opportunity to reveal that he’s turned down 10 invitations from Friedman to appear on his podcast.
He added that the host is a “superficial, corny, hyperactive poser who inflates his “scientific” image by pretending to be an MIT researcher and pretending to read one book a week“. On January 2, Charles Hoskinson retaliated against Taleb’s attack on Friedman.
Finding this act unjustified, the co-founder of Cardano (ADA) said indignantly: “If you don’t understand why Nassim Taleb is arrogant human scum, then this thread will tell you more“. Hoskinson pointed out:Lex is one of the smartest, most intellectually curious and humble people I’ve ever met.“.
Friedman himself was quick to calmly respond to the comments. “I’m sorry you felt this way and felt the need to tweet this. I love your work and will continue to celebrate it. Happy New Year“, he has declared.
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