The implosion of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX has revealed disturbing and questionable initiatives undertaken by its nonprofit division, the FTX Foundation.
Some of these unsettling schemes were laid bare by a newly-filed lawsuit against disgraced FTX founder and former CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried.
“One particularly eyebrow-raising memo uncovered in the lawsuit reveals discussions between Bankman-Fried and his brother about purchasing the Micronesian island nation of Nauru to construct a bunker,” said Benzinga.
The purpose of this elaborate plan was to have a secure location in the event of a catastrophic event reducing the global population by “50 to 99.99%” and repopulating it thereafter.
“This plot is reminiscent of the movie “Avengers: Infinity War,” where the fictional villain, Thanos, sought to wipe out 50% of the universe’s population in his quest for ultimate balance. This notion of a catastrophic event drastically reduces population numbers,” said Benzinga.
Additionally, the memo references using the island as a laboratory for developing sensible regulations surrounding human genetic enhancement.
Despite claims that the FTX Foundation aimed to serve a greater purpose, the lawsuit suggests that its primary function was to improve the public image of the defendants.
The foundation distributed grants for various projects, including funding of $300,000 for a book exploring ways to ascertain “humans’ utility functions.”
Furthermore, a substantial sum of $400,000 was allocated for the creation of animated YouTube videos explaining the concept of effective altruism, featuring topics such as “grabby aliens.”
Bankman-Fried, who faces charges of fraud, has maintained his plea of not guilty and is currently awaiting trial, scheduled for later this year.
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