satoshi nakamoto is how the creator of bitcoin is known. and although we don’t know who satoshi nakamoto is or was, we do know what he has done. if today we can buy bitcoins, it is thanks to him.
He or she (or they) has invented the bitcoin protocol and published it in a scientific paper via the cryptography mailing list in October 2008 .
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nobody knows his identity, something that makes all this more mysterious. Satoshi’s identity is a topic that always generates curiosity. It is for this reason that we publish this article echoing the information that exists to date.
in 2009 he published the first version of the bitcoin client and participated with others in the project until his presence began to fade towards the end of 2010.
He worked with others at the beginning although he was very careful not to reveal personal information and the last you heard from him/her was in the spring of 2011, when he said he was “on to other things”.
But, it’s Japanese, isn’t it?
“satoshi” means “clear thinking, ingenious, wise”.
“naka” can mean “middle, relationship”.
“moto” can mean “origin or creation”.
We cannot know for sure if he was Japanese or not, not even his gender, age or any other information.
We may even be talking about a group of people, instead of a single individual.
does anyone know who nakamoto is?
No, but the conclusions people come to when they do research can lead to even more intriguing information. joshua davis of the new yorker thinks satoshi nakamoto is michael clear, a cryptography student at trinity college in dublin.
He drew this conclusion after analyzing 80,000 words of Nakamoto’s writings and looking for grammatical matches.
He also suspected the Finnish sociologist, economist and also video game developer vili lehdonvirta.
both have denied being the creators of bitcoin, going public with michael clear at the 2013 web summit.
adam penenberg, from fast company contradicted this information, assuring that nakamoto was three people:
neal king, vladimir oksman and charles bry.
He came to this conclusion by typing single sentences from nakamoto’s scientific paper into google to see if they were used elsewhere.
one of them, “computationally impractical to reverse”, turned out to be part of a patent application filed by these three people, in relation to a system for updating and distributing encryption keys.
The domain bitcoin.org originally used to publish the scientific article created by satoshi had been registered three days before the patent request.
it was produced in finland and one of the patent authors had traveled there six months before the domain was registered.
all those “involved” deny it.
In any case, when the bitcoin.org domain was registered on August 18, 2008, the loser lost an anonymous Japanese registration service and the hosting used a Japanese ISP.
Site registration was later transferred to Finland on May 18, 2011.
It is curious that the domain with the “.com” extension (normally the most desired, bitcoin.com) is registered on January 4, 2008… perhaps it is just chance. bitcoin.com is currently owned by roger ver.
Others think it was martii malmi, a developer from Finland who has been involved in bitcoin development from the very beginning, creating its user interface.
has also signed up jed mccaleb, a lover of Japanese culture who lives there and who created mt. gox and co-founded ripple and later stellar.
another theory suggests that scientists donal o’mahony and michael peirce are satoshi nakamoto, much in a scientific article of which they are authors and that deals with payments together with hitesh tewari, based on a book they published together. o’mahony and tewari also worked at trinity college, that is, in the same place as michael clear.
Israelis dorit ron and adi shamir of the weizmann institute retracted allegations made in an article suggesting a link between satoshi and the Silk Road, the black market dismantled by the FBI in October 2013.
suggested a link between an address supposed to belong to satoshi and the site.
security researcher dustin d. trammel owned the address and it was claimed that he was satoshi.
in may 2013, internet pioneer ted nelson added fuel to the fire by claiming (video 1, video 2) that satoshi it could be the Japanese mathematician shinichi mochizuki, though he admits the evidence is circumstantial at best.
In February 2014, Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman claimed to have found the real Satoshi Nakamoto. dorian s nakamoto has since denied that he knows anything about bitcoin, going as far as hiring a lawyer and making an official statement.
hal finney, michael weber, wei dai and other developers are among the names that occasionally surface in media reports and online forum discussions. as potentially “satoshis”.
A group of forensic linguists from Aston University believe that the real creator is the retired law professor nick szabo, extreme in the analysis of the bitcoin scientific article.
dominic frisby, a comedian and writer also suggests that szabo is the candidate with the most weights to be satoshi in his book “bitcoin: the future of money”.
his detailed analysis takes into account the linguistic factors of what satoshi wrote in addition to his knowledge of c++ and his probable date of birth.
To a large extent, all of these potential satoshi candidates have insisted that they are not the creators of bitcoin.
michael weber has not yet replied to this.
some even think bitcoin has been the brainchild of 4 leading tech companies. this because the name of satoshi nakamoto carries clues to them: samsung, toshiba, nakamichi, and motorola.
Be that as it may, others think he wasn’t even Japanese. His English, in the texts he wrote, shows idiomatic nuances typical of native English.
what do we know about him?
One thing we do know, based on interviews with people who have worked with him/her in the early stages of bitcoin development, is that their system is very well thought out.
His programming skills were unconventional, in the words of developer jeff garzik, since according to him he did not apply the same tests on the code that you would expect from a classic computer engineer.
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how many bitcoins could you have?
In an analysis made by sergio lerner, an authority in the world of bitcoin and cryptography, it is suggested that satoshi mined most of the first blocks of the network and that he could have a fortune around a million bitcoins.
what are you doing now?
nobody knows what satoshi is currently involved in. but in one of the last emails he sent to a developer, dated April 23, 2011, he said: “I’ve moved on to other things. you’re in good hands with gavin and the rest ”
did you work for the government?
although there are rumors that satoshi could be working for one of the “three letter” intelligence agencies (cia, fbi, etc), or maybe even some shadowy organization looking for a common currency on the to dominate the planet, developer jeff garzik makes it clear:
in fact, he was smart to have used a pseudonym. This, then, forces people to require the technology itself instead of the person who may be behind it.
Today, bitcoin is much bigger than the figure of satoshi nakamoto. it no longer matters who you are for many. its initial code has been improved thanks to the efforts of some of the best brains on the planet working collaboratively. a job that has been carried out totally altruistically on a daily basis, making this technology better and better.