Update: After this article was published, the spokesperson for the event said they made a mistake in saying the event was confirmed — now saying that it is not 100% confirmed. We have updated the headline and article to reflect this.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk may have a discussion with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about bitcoin at The B Word event in July, as was originally suggested on Twitter.
The two tech leaders agreed to participate in such a talk on Twitter but with Musk's playful attitude, it wasn't necessarily clear that he was being serious. While a spokesperson for the virtual event originally confirmed that the discussion would take place, they now state that the event is not 100% confirmed.
It all started when Musk made a joke in response to one of Dorsey's tweets supporting the event. In reference to the event's name, he suggested it might stand for "bicurious." Dorsey shrugged this off as "bizarre," before suggesting the two should have a conversation at the event, calling it "THE talk."
Musk agreed, stating "For the Bitcurious? Very well then, let’s do it" with a winky face emoji.
The conversation will bring together Dorsey, who is a diehard bitcoin advocate — with a strong penchant for the Lightning network — and Musk, who has a complicated relationship with the cryptocurrency.
While Musk indirectly purchased $1.5 billion of bitcoin via Tesla, he has also criticized the environmental impacts of the cryptocurrency itself, along with making fun of its passionate community.
Unlike Dorsey, who is solely focused on bitcoin, Musk also has a strong fondness for dogecoin, a memecoin based on the Shiba Inu breed of dog. During the Bitcoin Miami event earlier this month, the Tesla CEO even tweeted a Linkin Park meme about finding someone else, accompanied by the word bitcoin and a breaking heart emoji — causing bitcoin's price to drop by more than $2,000.
The B Word event will take place on July 21 online, and will also feature speakers including ARK Invest founder Cathie Wood, Blockstream CEO Adam Back, and former acting and deputy director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Michael Morell.
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