Elon Musk Says His Kids Write Better Code Than Dogecoin Creator

June 7, 2022 8:56 pm

Several years ago, Dogecoin co-creator Jackson Palmer created a bot that aimed to identify crypto scams on Twitter and had messaged Elon Musk about it.

After that conversation, he shared publicly on Twitter that he believed that Elon Musk didn’t understand coding at all.

Specifically, he stated that Musk did not understand the Python script that Palmer wrote and claimed that Musk is just a businessman that knows how to sell a vision.

In response to that, Musk commented that even his kids at the age of 12 could write better code than Palmer indicating that the script that was written was terrible.

BusinessInsider.com reports:

“My kids write better code when they were 12 than the nonsense script Jackson sent me,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday about Palmer’s code from 2018.

“If it’s so great, he should share it with the world and make everyone’s experience with Twitter better.”

Palmer took the opportunity to share the code, which he posted on GitHub four years ago. He did not respond to a request for comment from Insider.

“I never said it was super complex, but this simple script definitely worked in catching and reporting the less sophisticated phishing accounts circa 2018,” Palmer said on Twitter.

“They’ve since evolved their tactics. I shared it with a lot of people, and it worked for them.”

Palmer has not been involved with Dogecoin for an extremely long time and has since departed from the project back in 2015.

He has also commented that the Python script would likely not work anymore as scammers have improved their tactics since the creation of the bot.

Musk continued to make comments that targeted Palmer such as saying that Palmer had never written a single line of code for Dogecoin.

This was a large contrast to Dogecoin’s other cofounder Billy Markus who humbly admitted that he only wrote around 20 lines of code and copied the rest.

BusinessInsider.com concludes:

Markus, a former IBM software engineer, and Palmer, an Adobe software engineer, hadn’t even met when they created the meme token.

Palmer tweeted about investing in “dogecoin” as a joke and bought the domain name dogecoin.com.

Markus stumbled upon the site and got in contact with Palmer regarding his own efforts to program a digital currency that could appeal to larger demographics.

The two engineers launched dogecoin within the year. The cryptocurrency is now one of the most valuable digital coins.

Palmer is not the first person to draw Musk’s ire. In recent months, the Tesla CEO has engaged in Twitter spats with the head of Russia’s space agency and the Biden administration.

The exchange between Musk and Palmer is quite interesting as Musk has frequently been promoting Dogecoin and has also made plans to acquire Twitter.

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