In brief

  • The AI-obsessed investor said learning how to code virtual assistants is “really, really easy.”
  • He admitted telling his children that they should learn how to do it as a side hustle.
  • But he doesn’t want them to invest in Bitcoin just yet.

Billionaire investor and Bitcoin skeptic Mark Cuban is teaching his children how to really make some easy money—and it doesn’t have anything to do with crypto. 

The tech investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks advised youngsters to learn scripting as a side hustle, adding he had already educated his children with the skill, CNBC reported

Cuban told CNBC in an interview that learning how to script for virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana or Google Home could net youngsters extra cash—even for those who aren’t too tech-savvy.

He said that those who have learned how to code these virtual assistants to complete tasks, could charge their neighbors up to $40 an hour, adding such skills were “really, really easy” despite everyone thinking they were “really, really hard.” 

Cuban, who is one of the investors on the Shark Tank TV show, has previously spoken about the skill of scripting. During a speech at the 2020 CES Conference in January, he said that if he were 16 years old, he would definitely be making money doing it. 

The mega-investor is big into AI, and in 2017 he predicted that the world’s first trillionaire would be an AI entrepreneur. 

But Cuban has long been a critic of Bitcoin—even though he said he owns some of the cryptocurrency. 

Cuban previously said it was “too complicated” to go mainstream, but his basketball team owns around $130 in Bitcoin because it accepts Bitcoin for tickets and merchandise. Cuban also said Bitcoin could rival gold as a store of value if the US continues to excessively print money.