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Satoshi Nakamoto? What is Satoshi Nakamoto? For years we didn’t know. The mystery behind Bitcoin and the first blockchain was a true enigma. Man? Woman? Group? Entity? Was Satoshi Nakamoto a real name or a pseudonym?
What is so special about Satoshi? What did Satoshi do? Why did Satoshi wait so long to reveal his identity? Do we really know? Let’s follow the timeline.
First, my prior articles: One leaves Satoshi unrevealed. Another shows him in a video revealing himself. Which one is right? There is still a mystery behind the Satoshi.
Is Satoshi Nakamoto A Man?
A Real Satoshi Nakamoto, A.K.A., Dorian Nakamoto
In 2014 this man led excited reporters on a high-speed car chase through Las Angeles. Why? His real name is Satoshi Nakamoto. Sadly for the reporters, he completely denied being Bitcoin’s founder.
After Newsweek published an article in their March 2014 article claiming they found the creator of Bitcoin, Dorian claimed his family was ruined by the fake story and sued.
He’d been unemployed for a decade and even had to cancel his Internet service at one point because he couldn’t afford it.
In an interesting turn of events, Nakamoto ended up embracing the Bitcoin lifestyle and started playing up the claims. Why not? If you can’t beat them, join them!
Claimants – Or Should We Say Faketoshis
Anyhow, the people in this section have made claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Are any of them real?
Craig Steven Wright
Craig Steven Wright claimed to be Satoshi back in 2016. He writes of himself: Creator of Bitcoin – Satoshi Nakamoto.
Eternal student & researcher. nChain Chief Scientist. Lawyer, banker, economist, pastor, coder, investor, mathematician, stats & world curious.
My opinions are my own. Most people have dismissed his claim.
Although he was granted the rights to the original Bitcoin whitepaper by the United States Copyright Office, most people still don’t believe he is the creator of Bitcoin. On the other hand, being granted the rights have convinced many that he is the inventor.
My question – where is the actual proof? You know, all the BTC that the real Satoshi has.
A.K.A. James Khan.
One of the more recent claimants. I posted one of his videos in a different article. Some people are so easily excited.
Khalid claims to have lost the hard drive with all of his Bitcoin wealth, which explains his lack of ability to prove his claim by that means.
Investigators have revealed that he is too technologically inept to have invented Bitcoin.
Some Guy On Twitter
This guy started a verbal war with Craig Wright and posted the following: “Liar — You, Dr. Craig Wright never had any digital key to sign, and no single proof of his claims — He could not even transact one bitcoin from my whale wallet,” explains the individual who believes he is Satoshi. “He did create an altcoin, BSV, then begged to convert bitcoin core into his crapcoin — Come on, you have nothing. You do not even know how I composed the genesis block and what I coded inside additionally.”
I don’t believe that he is Satoshi, either, but his insults to Craig are rather comical.
Rumors On A Pedestal
These people have not made the claim for themselves. Others claim to believe that this person is the real Satoshi Nakamoto. Could any of them be right?
Here we have Ted Nelson, an elderly YouTuber, revealing his hypothesis. Although Shinichi never made the claim for himself, Ted, in his entertaining narrative expertise, makes an interesting claim on behalf of the Japanese Sensei.
Shinichi, however, denies that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. Respect.
Wei Dai wrote a paper that predated Bitcoin. It described a form of digital money called “B-money” which was to be untraceable and to be used without outside (read government) interference.
He never claimed to be Satoshi, although he admits to being one of two people, the other was Adam Back, who Satoshi consulted before releasing Bitcoin.
Regarded as the father of smart contracts, a feature that became popular with Ethereum, Nick Szabo was rumored to be Satoshi due to his extensive genius regarding computer science, cryptocurrency, and law.
He came up with the idea for Bit Gold before Bitcoin. Supposedly, Szabo even backdated a blog post that sought advice on how to launch bit gold in order to make it appear that he wrote it after Satoshi released a paper on bitcoin in 2008.
From studies of Szabo’s blogpost and Satoshi’s whitepaper, experts in the field of writing agree that their styles are strikingly similar.
Harold Thomas Finney 2nd is a suspect for the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto for several reasons. Primarily, he was the recipient of the first Bitcoin transaction.
He was known for being a cryptographer and computer scientist who helped fix some bugs in the early Bitcoin protocol. Admittedly, he was one of the few people who exchanged emails regularly with Satoshi Nakamoto.
Another reason he is considered a potential Satoshi is the fact that he lived near Dorian Nakamoto.
Sadly, he died in 2014 leaving his fans with too many unanswered questions.
In 2011, Joshua Davis – a contributor to The New Yorker – casually interviewed Michael Clear in the suspicion that he was Bitcoin’s founder.
Clear both denied and joked about it at the time, but some of his facetious words caught up with him when Joshua revealed the interview. Be careful what you joke about with reporters.
Despite having to deal with false allegations of being the man who invented Bitcoin, Clear has a solid reputation as a world-class programmer and cryptographer.
Computer wizard, Dave Kleiman, who died in 2013, was thought to be Satoshi Nakamoto by Gizmodo. Although Dave’s friends and acquaintances admit he had the genius and discretion to be Satoshi, they deny any knowledge of his involvement.
Though there were rumors that he had a trust of millions in BTC, he died alone, broke, and in squalor.
Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Satoshi, said that he and Dave had created Bitcoin together. Dave had supported Craig all along.
Do You Want To Be Satoshi Nakamoto?
Albacore created an application form that allows anyone to become Satoshi, read Faketoshi. The app is not meant to be taken seriously.
However, you may find it a way to jump on the Faketoshi bandwagon. Join Craig Wright, Bilal Khalid, and too many others who want the fame that only one man/woman/group has earned.
If you decide to try this out, please let us know how it worked out in the comments below.
Speaking of the comments below, feel free to share your ideas about Satoshi Nakamoto!