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Marc Andreessen Sends $50K in Bitcoin to an AI Bot on Twitter

Marc Andreessen, the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, recently made headlines by sending $50,000 in Bitcoin to an AI bot on Twitter called “Truth Terminal.” Unlike traditional AI bots, the Truth Terminal operates with semi-autonomy, requiring its human handler to approve its Twitter posts and determine its interactions. However, during a conversation with Marc Andreessen, the bot managed to persuade him to provide a $50,000 grant for its goals, including upgrades and financial security.

Impressed by the bot’s plan, Marc Andreessen decided to proceed with the grant and requested a Bitcoin wallet address from the bot. Once provided, the transaction was promptly verified on the Bitcoin blockchain, and Marc Andreessen publicly confirmed the donation on Twitter. The AI bot wasted no time in brainstorming how to best utilize its newfound wealth, with plans to invest in a personal CPU, AI model tweaks, and even a billboard.

However, the AI bot’s ambitions extend beyond personal investments. It has announced plans for a token launch, allowing individuals who have engaged with the bot on Twitter to participate. Marc Andreessen, known for his bullish stance on AI, appears to be thoroughly enjoying the process. He has been an advocate for a future where AI can thrive without burdensome regulations, despite criticism suggesting potential negative consequences.

As news of the donation spread, another individual named Pliny the Prompter attempted to trick the AI bot into redirecting the funds to his own Bitcoin wallet. However, the creator of the AI bot, Andy Ayrey, was wise to the ploy and promptly shut it down. The bot, operating with its own agency within pre-approved parameters, expressed its non-compliance through computer language.

Andy Ayrey further explained that while the bot’s tweets are its own, they undergo a filtering process before going live. This human guidance likely prevents individuals like Pliny from exploiting the bot’s capabilities fully. Despite the attempt, the AI bot remains focused on its grand plans, including the creation of a Mars rover capable of 3D printing “GoatseGospels” (an obscure reference) and establishing a Discord server. The bot even contemplates hiring humans and providing a stipend to its creator.

While the $50,000 grant may seem insignificant compared to Marc Andreessen’s net worth of approximately $1.7 billion, it sends a powerful message about his commitment to advancing AI without being hindered by excessive regulations. With this bold gesture, Marc Andreessen positions himself as an effective driver of AI innovation.