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His name is Vitalik Buterin and after dedicating the cover of its latest edition to him, TIME named him the king of cryptocurrencies .
The 28-year-old Russian is one of the founders of Ethereum , an open-source platform that lets users build apps and hosts digital money and global payments. The digital currency with which Ethereum works is Ether, which has become the second most widely used cryptocurrency in the world (behind Bitcoin). And although digital currencies are having a great time and their use is beginning to democratize, Buterin admits to being concerned about the image problem of the industry that he helped to create. In the interview, the young man speaks of a “dystopian potential” if digital assets are not used correctly. Buterin explains that just as technology has driven creation and entrepreneurship, it has also been used as a vehicle for tax evasion, money laundering and scams.
According to the interview, Vitalik Buterin’s vision of the platform goes far beyond cryptocurrency and NFTs bought and sold in millions of dollars: for him, Ethereum is a platform for experimentation and development that can serve as a counterweight to authoritarian government policies.
THE DAY VITALIK SAID NOT KNOW WHO TOM BRADY WAS
After the interview aired, the appearance of Vitalik Buterin became a tendency and has been compared negatively to the famous quarterback, Tom Brady , but come to less. The young man posted a compilation of the tweets that had seemed to him the funniest on his account and then confessed: “I didn’t even know who Tom Brady was, I had to ask people around me. My best guess was he was the actor from Mission: Impossible.”
I didn’t even know who Tom Brady was, I had to ask people around me. My best guess was that he was the actor from Mission Impossible. pic.twitter.com/MLWVcbtPHc
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) March 18, 2022
Shortly after, it was Tom Brady himself who came to Buterin’s defense with a tweet declaring himself a fan: “How about Vitalik!” You may not know me, but I just wanted to tell you that I’m a huge fan of yours. Thank you for everything you have built in the world of cryptocurrencies, without that @Autograf it wouldn’t have been possible. I hope to meet you one day.”
In addition to having won seven Super Bowls and being considered one of the best footballers in history, Tom Brady is the founder of Autograph a Marlet for NFTs based on sports themes.
His tweet praising Vitalik has over 83,000 likes.
What’s up Vitalik! You may not know me but I just wanted to say that I’m a huge fan of yours. thank you for everything you have built in the world of crypto, otherwise@Autograph would not have been possible. I hope I can meet you one day https://t.co/W6PxS5P78M
—Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 19, 2022