Skull of Satoshi Creator Apologizes: ‚It Was Never Meant to be Anti-Bitcoin‘
• Benjamin Von Wong – a Canadian artist responsible for creating the “Skull of Satoshi” installation back in mid-March – has apologized for his work, claiming it was never meant to be anti-bitcoin.
• The goal of the project was to try and shed light on the wasteful energy use in the bitcoin mining industry.
• Rolf Skar from Greenpeace believes Bitcoin is lagging behind other cryptocurrencies that have found ways to cut carbon emissions.
Skull of Satoshi
Benjamin Von Wong – a Canadian artist – created the “Skull of Satoshi” installation back in mid-March. The project was supported by several cryptocurrency heads including Chris Larsen, the Ripple co-founder, and its purpose was to try and shed light on the wasteful energy use in the bitcoin mining industry.
Apology From Benjamin Wong
Wong has since apologized for his work, claiming it was never meant to be anti-bitcoin. He stated he’s been trying to reduce real-world physical waste, but PoW felt intuitively wasteful. He also said he’s going to remove himself from future projects similar with Skull of Satoshi so he can really analyze himself and his work and see where it is that he can contribute to stronger aspects of environmental responsibility.
Rolf Skar, a special projects manager at Greenpeace USA commented that they are not necessarily against bitcoin, and they believe humans will find ways to ensure the environment’s survival while still being creative. He mentioned that Bitcoin is lagging behind other cryptocurrencies that have found ways to cut carbon emissions by using different consensus mechanisms.
Change The Code Not The Climate
The idea behind Skull of Satoshi is “change the code, not the climate” which suggests changing from Proof Of Work (PoW) to Proof Of Stake (PoS). PoS isn’t currently possible for BTC due to its decentralized nature; however Skar believes humans will find new ways of ensuring environmental sustainability without sacrificing creativity or decentralization.
In conclusion this article highlights how Benjamin Wong created an installation known as „Skull Of Satoshi“ in order raise awareness about power consumption from Bitcoin mining operations and how this could impact our planet negatively if left unchecked. After receiving backlash from people who believed this project was anti-Bitcoin Wong issued an apology saying it didn’t intend it be perceived as such but instead sought after an optimistic hope that bitcoin could shift away from needless burning of fossil fuels without losing all its features like security & decentralization . Finally Greenpeace pointed out that while they are not against Bitcoin they do want them bring attention their carbon emissions compared newer cryptocurrencies who have already made changes in this area with different consensus mechanisms