Elon Musk Reveals Surprise Support For Ethereum Cofounder’s Radical Plan To Upgrade ‘Joke’ Bitcoin Rival Dogecoin

Elon Musk Reveals Surprise Support For Ethereum Cofounder’s Radical Plan To Upgrade ‘Joke’ Bitcoin Rival Dogecoin

Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, after helping the bitcoin price reach never-before-seen highs this year with a $1.5 bet on bitcoin, appears to have abandoned the cryptocurrency for ethereum and meme-based dogecoin.

"I pretty much agree with Vitalik," Musk posted to Twitter this week, replying to a wide-ranging YouTube interview with the ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin by AI researcher and podcaster Lex Fridman.

In the interview with ethereum's de facto leader, Fridman asked whether it would be possible to upgrade dogecoin to "beat bitcoin hands down," as Musk has previously suggested—with Buterin saying: "If doge wants to somehow bridge to ethereum and then people can trade doge thousands of times a second ... that would be amazing."

"There's a power behind someone like Elon Musk pushing the development of a cryptocurrency," said Fridman, "is there a way to leverage that power and momentum to improve ethereum?"

"I think if we can have a secure doge to ethereum bridge that would be amazing and then when ethereum gets any scalability that works for ethereum assets you would be able to trade wrapped doge with very low transaction fees and very high speed as well," said Buterin.

Last month, Musk suggested the somewhat satirical dogecoin "speeds up" and "drops" its fees to become "the currency of Earth" in comments that recalled bitcoin's 2017 civil war that resulted in a community schism and the creation of bitcoin cash.

Musk's support has helped the dogecoin price soar many thousands of percent to a mind-blowing near-$50 billion market capitalization this year and has said he sees a "battle" coming between government-backed fiat currencies and protocol-based cryptocurrencies.

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