THE CREATOR of the second biggest cryptocurrency in the world has landed himself in hot water for saying women should get FAKE wombs.
27-year-old crypto titan Vitalik Buterin, who co-founded Ethereum, made the bizarre suggestion in a Twitter debate fired up by Elon Musk.
His odd remarks came as tech nerds discussed falling birth rates.
He argued that the imbalance of economic success between men and women gets worse when a couple is married and has kids.
So he made a suggestion that feels more suited to a Black Mirror episode than real-life.
"Synthetic wombs would remove the high burden of pregnancy, significantly reducing the inequality," he said.
While some liked the idea, others called him out for being "exceptionally short-sighted".
"This isn’t the Matrix, Vitalik," one user chipped in.
"Do we really have to go that far?" another said.
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"I don't have kids but this doesn't sound appealing to me at all!"
A third said: "Leave it to men to solve the problems of women and all without asking them what they need of course."
The billionaire's shock suggestion came after Elon Musk highlighted a downward trend in global birth rates.
"We should be much more worried about population collapse," he said.
"If there aren’t enough people for Earth, then there definitely won’t be enough for Mars."
Canadian-Russian programmer Vitalik co-founded Ethereum in 2015.
He recently became the world’s youngest crypto billionaire as Ethereum soared in value.
Ethereum is also a ledger technology – using “blockchain”, like Bitcoin.
In other news, personalised smart guns, which can be fired only by verified users, may finally become available to U.S. consumers this year.
Tech giant Microsoft is trying to make the world more woke by rolling out an “inclusiveness” checker in its Word software.
And a federal anti-trust case against Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has been given the go-ahead.
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