Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?
Satoshi Nakamoto is still a mystery to the cryptocurrency community, but that doesn’t keep university researchers, computer science experts, cryptographers, investigative journalists, and speculators from creating a character or a profile of the man knighted ‘the creator or inventor of bitcoin.”
Nakamoto is rumored to have been born in Japan on April 5, 1975, and still reside there. He is speculated to have created BitcoinTalk forum and created the first Bitcoin message in 2009 under the pseudonym Satoshi. In October 2008, Nakamoto sent a white paper (guide) on Bitcoin, describing the digital currency to the popular cryptography mailing list (at the time) metzdowd.com. On January 9, 2009, he released the first version (0.1) of the bitcoin software on Sourceforge, then disappeared without a trace.
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It is rumored that Nakamoto foresaw the financial industry’s downfall due to abuses and began coding Bitcoin. He released the first blockchain database shortly before the U.S. Stock market crashed on September 29, 2008. Rumor has it that Nakomoto himself was a victim of the housing and stock market crash.
What’s Satoshi Nakamoto’s Ethnicity?
Because of his name, many speculated that Satoshi Nakomoto is Japanese. In Japanese, the word ‘Satoshi’ means ‘clear-minded,’ ‘Naka’ stands for ‘inside or relationship,’ and finally, ‘Moto’ is defined as ‘origin or foundation.’ That’s the strongest evidence yet that Bitcoin was invented/designed by someone of Japanese descent.
Does anyone really know who Satoshi Nakamoto is?
The answer to whether anyone is absolutely sure who Satoshi Nakamoto is itself elusive. Joshua Davis; a tech investigative journalist with The New Yorker believes a cryptography student by the name of Michael Clear who, at the time, attended student of Dublin Trinity College invented Bitcoin under the pseudo-Satoshi Nakamoto. He arrived at the conclusion after he claims to have analyzed over 80,000 words written by Nakamoto and Michael Clear.
A year later, he created his own doubt by declaring that the Bitcoin’s inventor could also be Vili Lehdonvirta, a former game developer from Finland. Lehdonvirta is presently an economic sociologist who works as an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. Both have publicly denied that they’re the inventor of Bitcoin. On May 21, 2019, the United States’ Copyright and Patent Office awarded registrations for the whitepaper and early computer code underlying the original cryptocurrency to a self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor named Craig Steven Wright; an Australian Computer Scientist.
Recently, Adam Penenberg – the founder of one of the leading progressive business magazines, Fast Company – claims the notion that Bitcoin was founded and created by a single person is unfounded. According to Mr. Penenberg, Bitcoin was created by three individuals, namely: Neal King, Vladimir Oksman, and Charles Bry. Penenberg attempted to substantiate, pointing out that several key terms found on Bitcoin’s whitepaper are found in articles and journals published by the three men.
He also pointed out that one of the three men’s names came up on a patent application filed for the update and distribution of cryptic keys. The domain name bitcoin.org, under which the first Bitcoin whitepaper was published, was registered only three days after the patent application was filed!
Will the Original / Real Inventor of Bitcoin ever Found?
The drive to find the ‘real’ inventor of Bitcoin is heating up and getting interesting by the day. A long list of names has come up over the years. The most popular ones: Donal O’Mahony, Michael Peirce, Professor Shinichi Mochizuki, Dorian S. Nakamoto, Jed McCaleb, Martii Malmi, and countless others.
Even if we, one day, come to believe and accept a certain individual to be the true founder of Bitcoin, some doubts will remain. Too many people have claimed to be the founder of Bitcoin. The numbers keep rising, and we can expect many more to come forward because the wealth to gain is massive if anyone is granted any legal rights as the founder or inventor of Bitcoin.